Friday, June 5, 2015

Tute-Happy Summer: Sunglasses Case

We're kicking off our Tute-Happy Summer with a sunshine-inspired project: a sunglasses case! This case is generously sized (4" x 8-1/2") to fit even the largest sunglasses and pairs a summery-hued print from the Graphix 3 collection with coordinating solids (have you seen our Prairie Cloth Cotton Solids?).
p.s. Don't miss the chance to win some fabric at the bottom of this post!

And here's a look at the back side:

1 fat quarter each aqua print, dark pink solid, and light pink solid
10" square of batting
Coordinating thread
Fabric marking pen

From the aqua print:
Cut two 4-1/2" squares, eight 2-1/2" squares, and one 1" x 8-1/2" strip

From the dark pink solid:
Cut one 8-1/2" x 9" piece, one 4-1/2" x 8-1/2" piece and two 2-1/2" x 4-1/2" pieces

From the light pink solid:
Cut two 2-1/2" x 4-1/2" pieces

Step 1: Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of all the aqua print squares. Match up each set of two small squares with a pink rectangle.

Step 2: Line up a marked 2-1/2" aqua print square on one end of a 2-1/2" x 4-1/2" dark pink piece. Stitch on the marked line and trim seam allowance to 1/4". 

Step 3: Press open. Repeat with a marked square on the opposite end of the dark pink piece.

Step 4: Your flying geese unit will look like this:

Step 5: Make a second dark pink flying geese units and two light pink flying geese units. Lay out as shown:

Step 6: Sew the units together.

 Step 7: In the same way, use the one 4-1/2" x 8-1/2" dark pink rectangle and two 4-1/2" aqua print squares to make a large flying geese unit measuring 4-1/2" x 8-1/2". 

Step 8: Lay out the 1" x 8-1/2" aqua print strip between the two flying geese units as shown. 

Step 9: Sew the pieces together.

Step 10: Layer the pieced case with a 10" square piece of batting and baste. Quilt as desired. (We marked a diagonal line across the center with the fabric marking pen and then stitched diagonal lines 1/4" apart, working out from the marked line.) Trim quilted piece to measure 9" x 8-1/2". 

Step 11: Fold the quilted piece in half right sides together and pin along the long edge and the bottom. Fold the 9" x 8-1/2" dark pink piece together to measure 4-1/2" x 8-1/2" and pin along the long edge.

Step 12: Sew the quilted piece along the bottom short edge and long edge. Sew the pink piece just along the long edge (this leaves an opening for turning). 
Step 13: Turn the quilted piece right side out and tuck inside the pink lining so right sides are facing. Align the raw edges and pin in place. 

Step 14: Turn right side out and stitch the open end of the lining shut before stuffing into the case.

Step 15: Topstitch along the top edge of the case to secure the lining. If needed, wet the case to remove the fabric marking pen line(s). 

And that's it! Keep your sunglasses safe all summer! We'd love to make one of these in each color of the Graphix 3 collection. 

For a chance to win a bundle of Graphix 3 prints, leave us a comment letting us know that you follow us on the blog or on Facebook. We'd also love to know which Graphix 3 print you like best and what solid color(s) you'd pair it with. Giveaway is open through Monday, June 8th at 11:59 pm EST.

This giveaway is now closed, but be sure to check out our other tutorials, as we'll be sharing a tutorial and hosting a giveaway each week!

Check out each week of our Summer of Tutes!
Week 2: The overnight bag featuring Who's Who
Week 3: Tablet case featuring Jungle Party 
Week 4: Patriotic pennants featuring Tone on Tone
Week 5: Melon mini featuring Gemstones, Jewels and Quartz
Week 6: Lunch bag featuring Graphix 3
Week 9: Elegant clutch featuring Jungle Party 
Week 10: Modern table runner featuring Prairie Cloth Solids 


  1. I follow you on bloglovin as Jen Barnard.
    I'm having a hard time picking a favourite print they're all great, I like the diagonal zig zags, they'd make great bindings. I also think 120-2107 (the green on green squares) would be good with a yellow solid for a baby quilt.
    jen dot barnard at btinternet dot com

  2. I love the green 120-2127 triangle print. (Green is my fav color) :) I think I would pair it with Emerald. I am a seasoned follower via e-mail.

  3. I follow your via email from you blog - love the aqua pink color combination

  4. Every time I look at these my favorite changes. Today my pick is the yellow with blue (120-2124), and I think I'd match it with a bright, royal blue. My dear friend is a sky diver and her jump suit is in these colors, so when I see them I always think of her, and when I think of making little gifts for her (like this cute sunglass case), I gravitate toward these colors. The wheel goes round and round...I follow you by email as wordygirl at earthlink dot net

  5. I follow on Facebook and by email. and love 120-2108. There are so many great prints, but this with a deep blue would be pretty. I do like the tutorial, too! Cute idea to use Geese blocks.

  6. I follow you on bloglovin and Facebook. I like 120-215 and would pair it with yellow.

  7. I follow on both the blog and Facebook. I like the 120-2111 chevron and would pair it with 160-9805 bright yellow and 160-9831 Turquoise. I really like the weight of your Prairie Cloth solids.

  8. Great tutorial. I do already follow on Facebook and the blog via Bloglovin' and email.

    My favorite is 120-2108.

  9. Love the peachy 120-2120 and would pair it with yellow solid. I follow via email. Thank you for sharing the tutorial!

  10. I am following your blog with GFC. I like 120-2139 and would pair it with red and black.

  11. I follow your blog and by email. I'd pair the blue and yellow 120-2134 and Mellow Yellow, reminds me of summer.

  12. I follow your blog via email. I would pair Royal with 120-2108.

  13. Thanks for the tutorial :) I follow you with bloglovin. I think 120-2105 would look great with a sunshine yellow x

  14. I already follow you thru bloglovin. Thanks for the Tutorial...great glasses case!
    Would use the 120-2121 blues with the 160-9832 or 160-9831

  15. I follow you with bloglovin. Do I have to choose a favorite? I like them all....

  16. I follow your blog with RSS feeds and I follow on FB (the blog keeps me posted better) l llike the 120-2132 browns and black, I think I'd pair it with a red or even a bright teal

  17. 120-2139 and 120-2128 love these designs and yes I follow on Facebook.