Today, we have another clever tutorial from our talented Sew,Mama,Sew! Editorial Board. Georgia from Puking Pastilles shares her tutorial for a Contact Lens Case which has tons of adjustable pockets and it’s wipe-able!…
I don’t wear contacts. I tried once or twice, but never could manage to get them to work for me! And really, I just wanted to wear regular sunglasses, but it just wasn’t meant to be I suppose. However, I know TONS of people on my Christmas list who do wear contact lenses. And what better gift can you think of than a carrying case for all their contact needs?
This little case holds two bottles of solution (or one bottle and one set of those cool suction cup tweezers), a contact lens case, a mirror, a package of tissues, and a pair of glasses. You never know when you’ll need any or all of these things! It is lined with vinyl so you can wipe it down easily if you drip any solution on it.
3/8 yard main fabric (music notes)
1/4 yard or remnant of lining fabric (black)
1/4 yard or remnant of clear lightweight vinyl
1/4 yard Peltex 72 (STIFF double sided fusible interfacing)
scrap of fusible fleece
5 1/2″ of 1/8″ wide elastic
(2) 4″ pieces of 1/2″ wide elastic
22 in. zipper (optional)
3/4 yard ribbon
1 package double fold bias tape
Before we get started, I think it is best to cut everything out at once. Here’s your list:
For the case:
5 3/4″ x 13 3/4″ of Peltex
5 3/4″ x 13 3/4″ of main fabric
5 3/4″ x 13 3/4″ of lining fabric
6 1/2 ” x 14 1/2″ of vinyl (plus the tissue that comes with it)
For the solution/case pocket: 8 1/2″ x 4″ of main fabric
For tissue holder: 8 1/4″ x 9″ of main fabric
For glasses case: 3 1/2″ x 12″ fusible fleece, 3 1/2″ x 12″ of main fabric
(2) 12″ pieces of ribbon
We’ll cut the pocket for the mirror later on since not all mirrors are the same size
We’ll begin by rounding out the corners on the Peltex. Use a spool of thread and a pencil to draw your cutting lines. Cut on these lines.
Take your lining piece (this photo shows the music fabric, but it should be the black fabric) and iron it lightly onto one side of the Peltex.
Trim off the corners of the fabric to match the nice rounded corners on the Peltex.
Lay the vinyl on top of the fabric/Peltex panel as shown. It will be slightly bigger than the panel, but that’s to preempt any user error (mostly mine, I’m sure yours would turn out perfectly without the extra).
Now lay the tissue on top of the vinyl.
Baste the vinyl onto the Peltex/lining panel as shown. Sew through the tissue! This will prevent the vinyl from sticking to your presser foot (which is HIGHLY annoying).
Tear off the tissue.
Now we’ll make the pocket for the contact lenses and solution bottles. Take the 8 1/2″ x 4″ pocket piece and make a casing for the elastic on one long side. Fold down 1/4″ and again 1/4″.
Slip the elastic in the casing and baste on each end.
Fold under the other raw edges by 1/4″. Sew the shorts sides onto the panel. Now you’ll need to make three pleats for the three pocket sections. Pin. Sew the bottom side of the pocket down. Divide the panel into threes by sewing straight lines starting at the elastic.
Now check to make sure it all fits!
To make the tissue paper holder: take the 8 1/4″ x 9″ panel and fold each long edge in about a quarter of the way. Fold again so that your first folds meet in the middle.
Fold each end under 1 1/4″.
Sew each short end onto the panel as close to the fold as possible. Just ignore that white “X” – it doesn’t exist anymore:)
Now sew on the 1/2″ elastic pieces next to the tissue holder. This will hold in the glasses case. Sew one end close to the edge of the panel and one end just underneath the tissue holder.
To make the glasses case: Press the wrong side of the fabric to the fusible side of the fleece.
Fold under the short ends and sew. Fold the case in half, lengthwise, right sides facing.
Sew the long edges using a 1/4″ seam allowance.
Turn right side out!
Now take your mirror and cut a rectangle/square to fit around the mirror. You’ll need 1/4 inch extra on three sides and 1/2 inch on the top.
Sew the top edge by folding 1/4″ toward the wrong side of the fabric and 1/4″ again. Sew. Now fold in each raw edge 1/4″.
Sew to the panel as shown.
Now take one piece of ribbon and sew it (raw edges matching) to the center of one short end of the panel. Repeat with the other ribbon. NOTE: If you’re making this for a guy, or you just don’t like the ribbon idea, this case would look great with a tab snap closure! Also, this would be the time to add the zipper if you’re going that direction. Leave at least 1 inch extra on the ends to tuck inside the case.
Now take your main panel (5 3/4″ x 13 3/4″) and press it on the outside of the Peltex panel. Be careful since you have vinyl on the other side.
Take out the end of the bias tape and open it up so you can see inside.
Place the raw edge of the Peltex panel right in the crease of the bias tape. Sew close to the edge of the bias tape all the way around, overlapping the ends and folding under the raw edge.
Tie up your ribbon and check your bias tape for inconsistencies.
Fill her up and it’s ready for gift giving!