my coworker had a some great fabric strike offs laying around and offered to let me get crafty with them. he was thinking a glasses case, and i had just seen a tutorial for a leather one that had a super construction. he generously supplied the glow-in-the-dark skull twill, camo pro fleece, and navy cotton twill tape. all i added to that was some plastic tie cords (and heat-n-bond).
- exterior fabric (and heat-n-bond) were cut to 4" x 14"
- interior fabric was cut 1/4" smaller all around
- twill tape was cut about 4 1/2"
- reinforce the exterior fabric with heat-n-bond before you begin. i didn't think i needed it until i got to the third step.
- lay the right side of both fabrics on the twill tape, about a 1/4" from the edge of the tape. stitch the tape to the fabrics.
- repeat the same procedure at the other end of the fabrics, keeping the longer part of the twill tape on the same side as the first one.
- with the right sides of the fabric together, line up the twill tapes. stitch the length of one side with a 1/4" seam allowance. stitch the side with the longer twill tape, stopping the seam about an 1" away from the tape on both sides. clip all corners. press the seams open (as best you can).
- turn the whole thing right side out. press the seams again to ensure that they're flat.
- tuck in the open seam allowance and twill tape. press. hand stitch the body and lining seams, leaving the twill tape open.
- tuck the lining into the case (a ruler helped with this step).
- with a needle and thread, stitch the exterior fabric to the lining at the bottom edge of the twill tape.
- when you get to the side seam, add a few tack stitches along the seam. finish stitching around the back of the case. this will create 2 channels in the twill tape.
- cut off the pointed end of the ties. slip the ties into the twill tape channels and cut the excess off. with a needle and thread, stitch together the ends of the channels, keeping the ties enclosed. the ties open the case when you squeeze at both ends: