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Clip on glasses case tutorial

I recently upgraded my glasses and the case they came with doesn’t fit in my small bag so I made a case for them I can take with me and clip on my bag or my iPad carry case. This is a quick project that needed a bit of creative thinking but I’m quite pleased with the results.

Materials

  • 5 x 5 in charm squares
    • 3 for the body
    • 1 for the tabs
    • 1 for the top border
  • 4 inch shrapnel purse frame
  • 2 hair clips
  • velcro
  • batting scraps: 2 pieces of 6 in x 4 1/2 in
  • fabric scraps for the lining: 2 pieces of 6 1/2 in x 4 1/2 in

Take 3 charm squares and cut them in half and in half again to obtain 4 x 2 1/2 inch squares  per square.

Cut another charm square in half. Then place all the pieces as per picture below.   Stitch.

Cut the batting and pin to the patchwork as per picture. Notice the fold on the top border. Fold in and pin.

Now quilt any way you like. Stitch along the seam on the top border.

Fold the top by 1 inch.

Stitch along the seam leaving 1/4 inch allowance.

 

Do the same with both sides.

Now place both pieces right sides together and sew together from one edge to the batting to the other. Clip the corners.

Now let’s make the tabs. Cut a charm square in half.

Fold in half and stitch along two sides leaving the other narrow side open to turn inside out.

Turn inside out and then fold the opening in and stitch along the seam. Do two tabs in this way.

Now attach a small piece of velcro to each end as per picture.

Place on one of the slipcase sides. Ignore how both pieces are stitched on one side. I made a mistake. We’ll stitch the bag later.

When well centred pin the tab.

Now stitch from the middle of the tab all around.

The tabs are added.

Now make a small incision to insert the hair pin. Make sure the incision is in the right location as both ends of the velcro  need to reach to form a closure.

Insert the pin.

Now fold over the tab to cover the hair pin.

Do the same for both tabs.

Place both panels with right sides facing together and stitch all around from the top border seam on one side to the other.

To add the lining, cut both pieces.

Then stitch around 3 sides and clip corners as per picture.

Turn the lining inside out and the exterior inside out as well and place the exterior inside the lining as per picture, wrong sides together.

Fold in the lining and pin.

Slip stitch around the top.

I thought of adding a bit of embroidery along the top, just for fun. But I don’t recommended. My glasses get stuck on the thread all the time.

Now insert the purse frame.

Insert the little metal tube and clip both ends of the frame.

The glasses case is finished.

Clip your case to your bag’s strap. This is how I have been wearing the glasses case.

Four free tote bag tutorials

Are you looking for a free pattern for a large bag? Here you have 4 free tutorials to choose from.

All 4 bags use 5 inch charm squares and are easy to make.

Perfect as gifts for family and friends.

Clockwise from top left:

If you have made a tote bag using my tutorial, why don’t you share your pictures on this Flickr group? or upload to Instagram and tag me with @teresadownunder

Expandable tote bag tutorial

This bag was designed to accommodate quite a few items on the way back from the library.

Materials

  • 12 charm squares or 5 inch squares (6 for each side of the bag)
  • Scrap fabric for the top of the bag
  • Scrap fabric for  lace, sides and handle embellishments
  • Scrap fabric for  handles
  • Lining fabric
  • Medium weight one sided fusible interfacing
  • Batting

Instructions

Body of bag

Place the charm squares on 2 rows per panel.

Sew both panels as per picture below. You will end up with 2 rectangles measuring 9 1/2 x 14 inches each.

Cut a rectangle for the top of the bag measuring 14 x 5 1/2 inches.

The side panels measure about 14 1/2 x 14 inches after stitching.

Cut a piece of fusible interfacing 14 1/2 x 14 inches and fuse to the wrong side of the panel.

Expandable sides

Cut 2 pieces of fabric with the following measurements:

  • Top: 6 inches
  • Base: 2 inches
  • Side: 14 1/2 inches

The resulting shape is an isosceles trapezoid with the top 2 inches wide and the bottom 6 inches wide.

Pin and stitch each piece to one of the panels as per picture below. Then iron flat.

Tabs

Cut one 5 inch charm square in 4 strips like below.

Fold in half and iron, then fold each side in and iron again.

Top stitch each strip, make a tube with it and pin to the bag.

Centre the tabs as per picture.

Stitch to the bag at the top and bottom of the tab. Do 3 passes with the machine using a tight zigzag stitch.

Batting

Batting will only be added to the side panels.

Cut 2 14 x 14 1/2 inches rectangles and pin to the side panels.

Stitch along the seams of the charm squares to secure the batting.

Trim off excess batting when finished.

Stitch along the expandable sides seam as well.

Now place both sides of the bag right sides together and stitch along the sides.

Then fold the bag as per picture and stitch along the bottom.

When finished, fold the bag as per picture and stitch about one inch in the batting as per picture.

Cut the corner off.

For a better crisper finish, top stitch along the seams where the expandable side and the side panels meet.

This is what the expandable panel looks like after topstitching.

Lace/belt

The finished size of each belt is 2 in x 29 in.

Cut 2 strips of fabric  measuring 4 1/2 x 30 inches. Fold in half and stitch around leaving a 1/4 seam allowance. Leave a 2 to 3 inch opening on the side to turn belt inside out.  Stitch the endings at an angle as per picture.

Turn belt inside out after stitching and close the opening. Iron flat.

Put the belt through the tabs as per picture.

Tie the sides.

Lining

Use each side of the bag to cut the lining. Place the sides on the lining fabric and cut.

Then sew both sides together leaving an opening at the bottom of the lining to turn bag inside out. For the lining leave 1/2 inch allowance instead so that the lining is slightly smaller than the bag.

To make the corners do as you did with the bag earlier. Stitch along the corner.

Trim off.

Place the lining over the outside bag as in the photo and pin.

Stitch along the top of the bag. The opening at the bottom of the lining is where we will be turning the bag around.

Turn bag inside out.

Top stick along the top of the bag.

Close the lining opening.

We are now ready to add the handles.

Handles

Cut 2 strips of fabric measuring 5 in x 22 1/2 in.

Cut 2 strips of interfacing measuring 4 1/2 in x 22 in.

Iron the interfacing to the wrong side of the fabric.

Fold strip in half as per picture and draw a half circle.

Stitch around the circle and the rest of the strip leaving a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Leave a 2 to 3 inch opening to turn handle inside out.

When turned, iron flat.

Top stitch for a crisper finish.

The handles are ready. They are quite wide because the bag is designed to carry a bit of weight.

Handle embellishment

Cut a rectangle 5 1/2 in x 1 3/4 in. Fold in half, then fold sides in and iron.

Using a needle, stitch at regular intervals making a frill as per picture.

Pull from both sides of the thread to obtain the desired length.

Pin to the end of each handle.

Baste in place.

Topstitch to secure frill to handle.

Then place the handle 2 inches in from the side of the bag.

Align the top of the bag with the end of the round part of the the handle as per picture below.

Sew handles in place.

The handle is sewn on the edge of the handles and then 1/4 inch in as well for strength.

The bag is finished.

Detail of bag

The bag is very roomy. The size can be adjusted by loosening or tightening the belts.

If you make this bag, please upload a photo to my Flickr group or Instagram and tag me with @teresadownunder.

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Charm pack tote bag tutorial

Patchwork tote bag tutorial

Flickr group

If you have made a tote bag using this tutorial, why don’t you share your pictures on this Flickr group?

16 charms – I used Verna by Kate Spain
1/3 yard matching fabric for the bottom of the bag and the handles
1/4 yard of matching fabric for the gathered strip and the loop closure
1/2 yard of matching fabric for the lining
1 self covered button with the bottom fabric
2 pieces of batting
medium weight fusible interfacing

Seam allowance is 1/4 inch.

For each side of the bag, stitch 2 rows of 4 charm squares each and then 2 rows together. Iron with seams open to get a flatter look. You will end up with 2 rectangles measuring measuring 18.5in x 9.5in but measure your final rectangles well after sewing before you cut the bottom rectangles so that the width is the same.

From the matching fabric cut 2 more 8in x 18.5in rectangles to form the bottom of the bag.

Handles

Cut 2 pieces of 21in x 4in for the handles.

Cut 2 pieces of fusible interfacing slightly smaller than the handles and iron to each piece of fabric.

Fold as per picture below and iron.

Fold again and pin.

Stitch very close to the edge on both sides of the handle.

Gathered strip

Cut  2 strips of fabric measuring 2.5 in x 36 in.

Using basting stitch, sew along the sides of the strip.

Pull from the top thread while you hold the strip of fabric.

Pull from both sides and distribute the folds along the whole strip.

When the folds have been evenly distributed, iron the folds a bit, though this steps is not necessary.

You are now ready to piece the bag.

Pin the gathered strip of fabric to the charm packs which have already been pieced and stitch.

Pin the other side of the gathered fabric to the bottom fabric and stitch.

Now you have one side completed.

Do the same with the other side.

Adding interfacing

Cut a piece of fusible interfacing (medium to heavy) 1/2 in smaller than the sides of the bag. Iron to the back of each side of the bag as per instructions.

Make loop closure

Cut a rectangle measuring 6.5in x 4in for the loop closure. Make a tube as per handles instructions. Fold and stitch as per picture.

Stitch loop as per picture.

Batting

Cut a piece of batting slightly larger than the sides of the bag and pin. Stitch across the sewing lines from the right side of the fabric.

Put both sides together with right sides facing together and stitch around 3 sides leaving the side up open.

Fold the bag as per picture and make a 2 1/4 wide cut across.

Stitch along the cut.

Turn inside out. You have finished the bag.


Lining

Cut 2 17.5in x 17.5in squares.

Place both pieces right side together and sew around the sides and bottom. Leave 4in opening on one of the sides to turn bag inside out.

Then do as for the outside bag: cut across the corner 2 1/4 inches as per picture and stitch again.

Pin loop closure and handles to the bag as per photo.

Place the lining over the outside bag as in the photo. The opening showing is the photo is about 4inches wide and will be used to turn the bag inside out once the lining and the outside a sewn together.

Stitch lining and bag together.

Turn bag inside out through the opening in the lining.

Stitch the lining opening.

Stitch across the top of the bag as per picture.

The bag is finished.

Free tote bag tutorials I’ve made

Spirit tote bag

Expandable tote bag


Charm pack tote bag with inside pocket tutorial

Charm squares and embroidery tote bag