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I’ve had a love for sewing since my grandmother introduced it to me when I was ten years old. The very first project that we made was a pincushion. Made from red fabric with little white flowers, it was one of those rectangular ones that made elastic on one side so that I could keep it on my wrist. I think I have it in a keepsake box somewhere. I have fond memories of my grandmother making many crafts. She’s the one who first introduced me to puffy paint and making beaded ornaments. Each Christmas, my sister, cousin, and I would spend the night with her for a few evenings. We would craft and bake the week away! I have so many memories like these.
Then the day came when I was in college. I called her one day, a few months before Christmas break, and she was working on a few beaded ornaments for a ladies’ fellowship project. She mentioned that she wasn’t able to get the beads on the wire the way that she used to be able to do. It wasn’t many more months afterwards that I didn’t hear her talk about crafting or beading or sewing much anymore.
May is National Arthritis Month. Arthritis affects 53 million Americans, including my precious grandmother. Today, I’m sharing a quick and easy DIY Glasses Case sewing tutorial in honor of her and all the other awesome grandmothers who still want to say YES to sewing, quilting, and crafting!
- Quilted fabric scrap (approx 12×12 inches)
- Pretty fabric for the outside of the case (approx 12×12 inches)
- Coordinating thread
- Sewing machine
- Straight pins
- A small piece of velcro
First, make the pattern. This tutorial is meant for regular reading glasses. It may be modified for larger glasses or sunglasses, but you will have to make the dimensions larger.
Mark off an 8×8 inch square. On half of the block (4″), make a triangular flap. I did not want a pointy end to the flap, so I made it straight on the end. Cut the shape out of the quilted fabric and the pretty fabric.
On the right side of the pretty fabric, sew the small piece of velcro about an inch down on the non-flap side. On the quilted piece of fabric, sew the other half of the velcro on the flap.
Pin the quilted fabric and the pretty fabric, right sides together. The “right side” of the quilted material is the one with the velcro.
Sew around the pinned fabric with a 1/4″ seam allowance, being sure to leave a small opening to turn the fabric.
Turn the fabric, right side out. Fold the case part so that the pretty fabric is on the inside. Sew the open sides together with a 1/4″ seam allowance, being sure to catch the open fabric in the seam. Turn the case so that the quilted fabric is on the inside. That’s it!
The quilted fabric acts as a padding without having to add batting or padding yourself.
Do you or someone you love suffer from arthritis pain? It’s all too common! Try Advil with the EZ open cap. It’s awesome that Advil is now offering this EZ open cap for those who need assistance with that sort of thing the most.
Grandparents are special people! Tell me something about a wonderful one in your life!