For today’s project, we selected ni-co, the latest line from echino fabric collection. echino is kokka’s most popular brand. Glasses-b is a uniquely designed fabric with almost life-size eyeglasses neatly aligned. And of course, the project is an eyeglass case. Today’s creator Anri, loves clothing and she makes about 90% of her wardrobe herself. The only items that she doesn’t make are jeans and shoes. Anri says, “I am not sure if my clothing are stylish because they are handmade, but I truly enjoy them and I am so proud of my creations!” A fashionista’s stylish taste gleams in today’s project.
Fabric shown for this sample: echino ni-co JG99700-702 (D)
□Fabric (Outer fabric, Lining fabric) 30cm (W) × 40cm (L)
□Leather piece (Opening fabric) 10cm (W) x 10cm (L)
□Quilt batting 30cm (W) × 20cm (L)
□Metal spring-loaded clasp 1cm (W) x 10cm (L) 1 piece
We interviewed Anri about her creation:
Kokka Fabric (KF): What did you think of the fabric you used for this project?
Anri: With modest thickness, canvas fabric is versatile for clothing, interior décor or everyday general goods. Since the base is an off-white color, it tends to hide slight spots and smudges and broadens the possibilities. It was difficult to decide what to make because ideas kept coming to me. The cotton linen is a very durable material, so I chose to create something that you use and carry in your bag every day.
KF:Can you tell us any special elements or ideas that you incorporated into this creation?
Anri: I created a whimsical design in such a way that it can easily be identified as an eyeglass case. To provide some protection, a quilt padding is added. This is an extra step, but you will feel the glasses are secure. Another element that I thought people would want is that it’s easy to open and close with one hand. For that purpose, I used a metal spring-loaded clasp. To keep it from being bulky, it is tightly finished without adding any gathering at the top. Leather is used for the opening since you can just cut it off and no finish is required. This way, the clasp can pass through a tight opening without jamming the seam allowance.
KF:What are some tips for making this case?
Anri: Since a small hole at the top leather piece (opening fabric) is used to turn the case over, there is no need to create a separate opening for turning. In order to avoid fabric that is attached to the opening from fraying, make sure to securely backstitch at the end. When sewing, use straight pins or clips to hold the leather and quilt batting as they tend to stretch and could affect the measurements. This way you can create a clean finish.
KF:How should we use this bag in everyday settings?
Anri: Whether at home or at the office, it looks cute just being placed on a table. I think it also suits men.
KF:KF: Thank you very much, Anri! Here are the instructions and step by step by step photos taken by Anri. Enjoy crafting!
1. With the right sides facing together, sew the outer fabric and leather piece (opening fabric) together. The quilt batting is sewn together with the inside lining. When sewing quilt batting with the fabric, make sure to pin around the pieces so that they will not move and will stay in place for the next process.
2. With the right sides facing together, sew the case body pieces. As seen in the picture, stitch all the way to the top without sewing the leather piece. Make sure that you backstitch several times to secure the end in order to make the turning process easier.
3. Use the opening created with leather pieces to turn the case over. It is very tight, but if you do it slowly the fabric goes through. If you cannot turn the case over or feel uncomfortable doing so, you could leave a small opening for turning at the bottom of the inside lining.
The picture shows the whole case after being turned out. Put the case lining inside. The seams of the quilt padding may look bulky. If you don’t like the look, you could cut a small diagonal piece on the bottom corners of the seams. The corners of the pictured sample is not cut. It is an as is look of the finished project.