Thursday, March 16, 2017

Vintage Inspired Sunnies Case

Last week a co-worker asked me if I'd make her a sunglasses case. She had one that I made a few years ago, but she couldn't find it. As I've got an abundance of these frames (and I'm not lacking in fabric) I told her just to give me an idea of what she wanted. She sent me a picture of some fabric where she liked the colors, and told me that she had loved the case for two reasons: one, it fit her glasses perfectly, and two--the old-fashioned look of the fabrics I had used reminded her of her mother.

On Tuesday, we had a Nor'easter-blizzard sort of thing that wasn't all that, but still earned me a snow day off of work (thank goodness it wasn't more--the bit we got was so heavy it felt like I was shoveling concrete). It was a fabulous day for a quick and satisfying sewing project.


I bought this fabric several years ago down on Fabric Row, and still have a decent bit of it left. I love the vintage folk art look of it, and I had some scrappy pieces perfectly sized for this.


That there is always my favorite view of a frame purse--it makes me think of a giant (albeit oddly-shaped) fish mouth. I was conflicted over if I wanted to use the bronze frame I used, or if it should have been silver. My instinct was silver, but I was soundly outvoted (and thank goodness for that--the bronze is just right).


This was also, without a shadow of a doubt, the most perfect gluing job I have ever done. I don't think I had a speck of ooze anywhere, and I didn't have to use any of the vast supply of bad words I know to coax the purse neatly into the frame channel. I dropped this off to its recipient today, and she absolutely loved it (which always makes me feel good).

On a geeky side note--do you know how difficult it is to find a recipe book? I've been acquiring some recipes lately that have been working out quite well, and I want to organize them beyond the pile of printouts I have (or scribbled notes). Everything I found was either not cute enough, didn't have what I had predetermined to be enough room on the page, or was bound in a style that would not lay flat for easy viewing while cooking. But in one of my favorite places (Target's stationery aisles) I found a mini 3-ring binder, some paper, and some inserts. So I'll just make my own. I am stupid excited to sit down with colored pens and transcribe my recipes into this cute binder. Although I'm thinking I should have also bought the plastic sheet protectors because I'm a bit messy...


In case anyone is wondering, I used to get ridiculously excited for new school supplies, too. To be perfectly honest, I still would. Not my fault--they shouldn't make things so stinkin' cute.

6 comments:

  1. I adore that sunglass case. It's the ultimate retro case. SWOON! I appreciate how you have the patience to do the glueing of the frame, I barely have the patience for 'sew in' ones!

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    1. I'm the opposite--I have little patience for the sew-in kind (probably because hand-sewing is not high on the list of things I do well).

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  2. That is a really sweet glasses case. I am glad to see bags and cases, again.
    I love stationary, too. My score this week was a pack of 3 Frixion pens for half price! No Target here, but Walmart has good deals, too.

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  3. I'm wondering where you got the pattern and frame? Could you share? Thanks!

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    1. The pattern is from u-handbag. It doesn't look like the version I used is available any longer (I bought it years ago), but there is a sew-in version that is very similar. The frames I ordered from Etsy, as I was able to buy them in small bulk there.

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  4. That is so cute! Love the shape and love the fabric. Bronze was definitely the right choice!

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