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« on: May 19, 2009 02:37:55 PM »

After seeing http://cathyofcalifornia.typepad.com/cathy_of_california/2007/12/bazaar-boutique.html this post on Cathy of California's blog awhile back, I fell in love with the vintage crafts pictured ("mc call's needlework and crafts" fall-winter 1967-68). I especially loved what I assume is an owl-shaped glasses case. If you know my blog then you know I have a thing for owls (hooo doesn't???), plus I'm always breaking or loosing my sunglasses so this is the perfect project for me. In my quest to figure out how to make my own sunglass case, I thought I'd share my method with you!

Begin by downloading the pattern in PDF format http://www.peptogirl.com/blog/sunglass_pattern.pdf here. In case the PDF doesn't work for you for some reason, I've also uploaded the pattern to http://www.flickr.com/photos/peptogirl/3545239608/in/photostream/ Flickr.

Cut out all of the pattern pieces using your favorite felt. I used Recycled Eco-Felt for mine because it's cheap and I wasn't sure how the project would turn out. A nice wool blend would work nicely as well. You might notice that I included a "beak" in the pattern but didn't use it in my project. I originally sewed on an orange beak but then had to remove it to install the snap (duh!). I decided I liked the owl sans-beak just as well and left it off. Oh, and I used scalloped scissors to cut out the larger eye pieces. If you don't have fancy scissors, don't fret. You can cut scallops on your own or just cut plain circles.

Now stitch everything together, beginning with the front side of the owl. I used a running stitch to stitch on the overlapping feathers and outer eyes. I cross stitched the "eye-balls" on but you could try any stitch...maybe a French knot...or sew on some wiggly eyes or buttons for fun. Finally, I used a running stitch to stitch the front and back of the case together. Feel free to experiment with different stitches! *If you are doing to sew on the beak (the small triangular piece), wait until AFTER you install the snaps (see below).

Lastly, I installed a snap closure. You can get a fancy snap tool like mine at your local craft store. They are fairly in-expensive (especially if you bring your 40% off coupon). A less-expensive option is purchasing the snaps with a snap applicator tool -- you'll just need a mallet to hammer the snaps in place. You can save even more money by going with sew-on snaps. Just follow the directions on the package.

Now protect your shades in your brand-new case!

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« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2009 02:40:27 PM »

this is very very awesome.
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« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2009 05:48:15 PM »

cute! I love love love it!
I must make one for myself!
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« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2009 06:51:04 AM »

Owls are awesome, and this is waaaaay too cute Cheesy 

« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2009 07:22:04 PM »

Oh, I love it!  Thanks so much for sharing your version!

« Reply #5 on: May 25, 2009 06:56:18 PM »

So awesome!

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« Reply #6 on: May 26, 2009 12:22:12 AM »

That is just way too adorable!  I love that and think I might even try my hand at making one.  It's just that cute.  Thanks for sharing the tutorial!

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« Reply #7 on: June 01, 2009 07:44:06 PM »

Now I'm going to have to buy some felt!  Grin

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« Reply #8 on: June 25, 2013 10:42:54 PM »

My sister loves owls!

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