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Sunny Flower Eyeglasses Case

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I love colorful projects, and I love projects that will finish into something I can use on a daily basis. This beautiful and vivid eyeglasses case is perfect on both fronts! TThe colors are so bright and cheerful -- seeing these colors first thing in the morning when I reach for my glasses is a happy start to my day. Plus, in our theme of stitching portable projects this summer, this design is a snap to take with you on any trip, and finishing is a breeze.

Make a spectacle of your spectacles with this vibrantly colored, boldly designed eyeglasses case custom-made to protect them. Created using Soie Cristale™ floss from The Caron Collection, this small design makes a big statement and will have friends asking enviously, "Where'd you get that?" every time you reach for your glasses.

Designed by Marie Barber

Materials

  • 13" x 9" piece 32-count natural brown undyed linen from Wichelt Imports, Inc.*
  • One skein each Caron Collection Soie Cristale™ (DMC® equivalents are listed in parentheses.)**
  • Size 24 tapestry needle
  • Pattern Chart & Key

**Refer to color code.

Stitch count: 105H x 48W

Design size: 6 5/8" x 3"

Instructions: Cross stitch over two threads, using two strands of floss.

Eyeglasses Case

Finishing Instructions

Materials

  • 1/8 yd. backing fabric
  • 1/8 yd. lining fabric
  • 1/8 yd. fusible interfacing
  • Coordinating sewing thread
  • 10" length twisted cording (Model uses DMC® 728, 581, and 310 six-strand cotton embroidery floss.)*
  • 2" tassel (Model uses DMC® 728, 581, and 310 six-strand cotton embroidery floss.)**
  • Straight pins
  • Hand-sewing needle
  • Iron
  • Sewing machine
  1. Using contrasting sewing thread, baste a line two threads past sides and bottom of stitched design. Trim stitched piece to 1/4" past basted lines and 1" from top of design. Using trimmed stitched piece as template, cut out one piece from backing fabric and two pieces from interfacing. From lining fabric, cut out two pieces, using trimmed stitched piece as template but adding 1 1/2" to length to accommodate cuff.
  2. Following manufacturer's instructions, fuse interfacing to wrong side of stitched piece and backing fabric. Place stitched piece and backing fabric with right sides together. Sew together along sides and bottom, following basting line. Turn right side out and press.
  3. Using coordinating sewing thread, blind stitch cording to sides and bottom of case.
  4. Place lining pieces with right sides together. Sew together, using a 3/8" seam allowance. Insert lining into case, aligning seams at sides and bottom of case. Turn down open end of lining 3/4" and press. Turn down another 3/4" again to create a cuff at top of case. (Ends of cording should be concealed by cuff.) Blind stitch edge of cuff in place, inserting loop of tassel beneath cuff at one side seam and securing in place with an extra tacking stitch.

Tassel-Making How-Tos

Materials

  • One skein of floss (NOTE: Refer to color code for specific color and fiber used.)
  • Square piece sturdy cardboard, approximately 1" larger than desired finished size of tassel
  • Hand-sewing needle
  • Scissors
  1. Cut two 6" lengths of floss from full skein, to be used for tying top of tassel.
  2. Wrap remaining floss around cardboard, referring to Illustration 1 and being careful not to bend cardboard by wrapping floss too tightly.
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    Illustration 1
  4. Slip one 6" length of floss under wrapped floss at top edge of cardboard and tie securely, referring to Illustration 2. Do not trim floss tails.
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Illustration 2
  1. Carefully remove cardboard.
  2. Referring to Illustration 3, wind second 6" length of floss around neck of tassel, 1/4 - 1/2" from top of tassel. Thread needle with floss tail and wrap around tie several times, referring to Illustration 4. Bury floss end in tassel. Repeat for remaining floss tail.
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Illustration 3 Illustration 4
  1. Cut along bottom of tassel through all fibers. Trim bottom of tassel to desired length and so that floss is even.
  2. Attach tassel to ornament, using floss tail at top of tassel to secure.
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Completed Tassel

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