Hexagon Eye Glasses Case Tutorial

You know 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. Hexagon Eye Glasses Case. IMG_8989

Finished size is about 3” x 6 1/4”. These fit my specs perfectly, but if you have bigger specs, adjust accordingly.

(First of all, pardon my scorched ironing board cover in the photos...)

You’ll need: Fabric scraps for the hexagons Freezer paper (or regular paper if you don’t have freezer paper) 6 3/4" x 6 3/4" scrap of heavy weight fusible interfacing 6 3/4" x 6 3/4" scrap of fabric for the lining Needle, thread, pins, iron, printer, etc.

Start by making a template for the case. You can either print mine as a JPG and Word 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 6 3/4” x 6 3/4” square from a piece of paper and round two corners. I used a glass to round the corners.

Next cut two 8 1/2 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.

IMG_8957 Pin the hexagon to the fabric scrap with wrong side of the fabric facing the matte side of the paper.

IMG_8958 Cut a 1/4" allowance around all edges.

IMG_8959 Iron one side down. The waxy side of the freezer paper will help hold down the fabric. Nifty, huh?

IMG_8960 Repeat for the next side.

IMG_8961 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.)

Repeat for the rest of the hexagons in various prints.

IMG_8963 IMG_8964 With the right sides of two hexagons together, sew the two sides of the hexagon together by hand using a tiny whip stitch.

IMG_8967 IMG_8969 Open it back up and add another hexagon to the next edge. Whip stitch that one too.

IMG_8970 IMG_8971 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.

Continue for the other hexagons.

IMG_8972 IMG_8974 For this project, I made do with 30 hexagons. Check to make sure it will cover the whole template. Add additional hexagons if needed.

IMG_8975 Carefully remove the freezer paper from all the hexagons.

IMG_8977 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.

IMG_8978 Cut off extra fabric. Flip over and iron again.

I forgot 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.

IMG_8979 Fold in half, right sides together, and pin. Sew around edges as seen in photo.

IMG_8980 Clip rounded 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.)

IMG_8981 Turn the outer piece right side out. Use something like blunt scissors or a crochet hook to poke out the edges. Iron out any wrinkles.

IMG_8982 IMG_8983 Slip the outer piece inside the lining as seen. (In this photo you can see where I left the opening in the lining.)

IMG_8984 IMG_8985 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.

IMG_8986 Pull the outer piece out through the bottom opening. Don't tuck the lining in yet.

IMG_8987 Whip stitch/Hidden stitch the opening closed.

Now you 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.

IMG_8991 IMG_8992 Voila!

(For personal use only, please.) Questions, or errors, let me know. If you make it, please share. I'd love to see. :)