is Liesl. I’m a twenty-something artist from New Jersey.
I have been sewing for at least ten years and it's become
such a important part of my life. I was very excited
when asked to share my Hexagon Eye Glasses Case here.
I find English Paper Piecing, hexies in particular,
very fun and almost therapeutic. They are small and
very portable and the end result is so lovely. And what
a great way to use up all those little scraps!
is a fun way to play with hexies—an eye glasses case!
(Note: It is a soft glasses case, meaning it's only
intended to protect from scratches and dirt.) Hope you
enjoy using it as much as making it!
all those little tiny scraps your saving because you
consider it sacrilege to throw any piece of fabric out
even though you have no idea what you’ll use them for?
Well, this project may solve that predicament.
Eye Glasses Case
size is about 3" x 6¼". These fit my
specs perfectly, but if you have bigger specs, adjust
all, pardon my scorched ironing board cover in the photos…)
Fabric scraps for the hexagons
Freezer paper (or regular paper if you don’t have freezer
6¾" x 6¾" scrap of heavy weight
6¾" x 6¾" scrap of fabric for
Needle, thread, pins, iron, printer, etc.
making a template for the case. You can either print
mine as a JPG
Document. The Word Document should be to scale but
if not, and if you use the JPG version, you’ll have
to adjust the sizing. There is a one inch scale as a
guide. Or draft your own by cutting a 6¾"
x 6¾" square from a piece of paper and round
two corners. I used a glass to round the corners.
two 8½" x 11" pieces of freezer paper.
Then print the hexagon
templates via Cia’s Palette being sure the image
prints on the matte side of the paper. Cut out the hexagons
(I used about 30 hexagons—so you need two sheets.) There
are plenty of other hexagon templates you can find via
a Google search, or as always, you can make your own.
the hexagon to the fabric scrap with wrong side of the
fabric facing the matte side of the paper.
Cut a ¼" allowance around all edges.
Iron one side down. The waxy side of the freezer paper
will help hold down the fabric. Nifty, huh?
Repeat for the next side.
Repeat all around. Remove pin.
(If you don’t have freezer paper, you can print on regular
paper, simply stitch the edges down instead of ironing
them. A simple Google search for ‘English Paper Piecing’
should provide plenty of info.)
the rest of the hexagons in various prints.
With the right sides of two hexagons together, sew the
two sides of the hexagon together by hand using a tiny
Open it back up and add another hexagon to the next
edge. Whip stitch that one too.
To do this third seam, fold the one hexagon in half
to butt the two sides of the other hexagons together.
This is so the finished product will lay flat.
for the other hexagons.
For this project, I made do with 30 hexagons. Check
to make sure it will cover the whole template. Add additional
hexagons if needed.
remove the freezer paper from all the hexagons.
Trace the template shape onto the interfacing and cut
out. Next iron the interfacing on the back side of the
hexagons, being sure there is extra on all sides.
Cut off extra fabric. Flip over and iron again.
a photo for this step because I forgot to do this step
but stitch about 1/8" of an inch along the one
flat side. This will help keep the hand stitched seams
from pulling apart when you turn it inside out later.
It’s not absolutely necessary but recommended.
half, right sides together, and pin. Sew around edges
as seen in photo.
corner to ease.
Do the same
for the lining, folding in half, right sides together
and stitch, except leave an opening at the bottom. (Sorry
I forgot a photo for this step as well.)
outer piece right side out. Use something like blunt
scissors or a crochet hook to poke out the edges. Iron
out any wrinkles.
Slip the outer piece inside the lining as seen. (In
this photo you can see where I left the opening in the
Pin and stitch around the top. My machine isn’t narrow
enough to slip it over the base thing-y, so I had to
maneuver it a bit.
Pull the outer piece out through the bottom opening.
Don’t tuck the lining in yet.
stitch the opening closed.
can tuck the lining in, again using a long, blunt object
to push out the seams. You can also top stitch around
the opening if you want.
use only, please.)
Questions, or errors, let me know.
If you make it, please share.
I’d love to see. :)
You Liesl...You've put together a wonderful tutorial
with great pictures explaining all the steps. A perfect
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