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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / retro owl sunglass case tutorial 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!
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Give a hoot! embroidery on: May 19, 2009 02:29:00 PM

I made a little owl ornament from this finished embroidery! I used the embroidered plushie tutorial here: http://pimpstitch.typepad.com/blog/2008/10/tutorial-monday-embroidered-plushies.html only I added a ribbon and buttons to the top.
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Hapiness is You & Me Cross-Stitch on: May 19, 2009 02:24:43 PM

I changed the pattern in a couple spots because I messed up (it was my first cross-stitch) but I like how it came out!

pattern purchased from http://andwabisabi.etsy.com
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Breakfast Club on: September 03, 2008 02:05:04 PM
I originally drew these to go with a bacon pattern I came up with (it says "What's shakin' bacon" tehe) but I was craving pancakes so I stitched the pancake and syrup up first. The pancake's nose is supposed to be a pat of butter. I'm hoping to applique this onto a white tea towel.

5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Love You a Latte on: September 03, 2008 01:59:20 PM
Just wanted to share my newest embroidery project. I filled in with a back stitch instead of a satin stitch. I think it's a nice effect.

6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Holiday Stitches on: August 26, 2008 02:15:29 PM
Is anyone else starting on holiday patterns yet?

The santa is going to have cookies and a glass of milk in his thought bubble Wink
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Sweet Dreams on: August 19, 2008 11:39:47 AM
Not the best photo in the world, but I'm sewing it into a gingerbread man so I can't snap another just yet. The embroidery is done on osnaburg fabric - it's so easy to stitch on!

8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Vintage Spool (of Thread) Jewelry on: August 14, 2008 02:43:33 PM

I love making jewelry out of things other than beads! A friend of mine makes spool dolls from vintage spools, which gave me the idea of making some spool jewelry! What do you think?
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Oh Deer! on: August 14, 2008 02:33:27 PM

I embroidered this with the intention of keeping it framed in the wooden embroidery hoop. I used pinking shears (or zigzag scissors as I like to call them) to cut around the edges. I think it makes a cute wall decoration!
10  California / California: North / Sacramento, CA: IndieSacramento, 12/01/07 2-9pm on: August 23, 2007 06:51:27 PM


IndieSacramento is Sacramento's largest indie/alternative craft fair. This December will be the first annual show but if it's successful we would love to make it semi-annual or even quarterly.

The purpose behind IndieSacramento is to help spread the word about locally owned businesses and to help Sacramento gain the reputation it deserves as an art, craft, and fashion mecca.

*Vendor applications due by October 1, 2007. See www.indiesacramento.com for details.

Indie Sacramento 1st Annual Holiday Bizarre

FREE Admission!
($1 donation is appreciated)

FREE swag bags

FREE music

FREE crafts for kids

Holiday Shopping: Sacramento's largest indie/ alternative craft fair

DIY demos & classes

Fashion Show

and Door prizes!
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