There are a lot of things that people don’t tell you about life, things they just let you find out on your own, for example; no one tells you that being married is the hardest thing ever. Period. No one tells you about the jello-belly you’ll have after giving birth to your first child (I can’t imagine why any one keeps that bit of loveliness to themselves). No one tells you that you will hide in the bathroom to have just one moment of peace when you become a mom. And no one tells you that when you turn 40 your underarms will flap in the wind when you wave hello to a friend and that you’ll have to wear these cool, awesome, bad-boys:
Yep. That’s right. Cheaters. I turned 40 a few years ago and found out pretty quickly that my arms were not long enough anymore. I couldn’t see anything close up. Threading a needle? No way. That went something like this; “Come here honey, can you see this for me?” See, I even started sounding like a granny….I finally had to cave and buy a pair of cheaters. Now I have a pair in my glove box, one in my purse and a pair on my cutting table, (it helps to see those pesky little numbers on the ruler.)
Now, I’ve taken it one step further and gone Full Granny. I made a glasses case with a little zipper pouch to hold my needle, thread and scissors. Why, you say? Because this is just the awesome accessory every girl needs; you can never have your sewing supplies too close at hand! How convenient to have them all tucked away nice and neat with your Granny Cheaters! Yippee!
So, if you’re like me and find that you need to wear these wonderful little helpers, I created this tutorial just for you! Now you can whip one up for yourself and have your cheaters and whatever you want tucked away in the zipper pocket on right on hand!
I used Pellon 987F Fusible Fleece. Just follow the instructions on the packaging that comes with your fusible fleece and iron the fleece onto the back of your lining fabric.
In step 3, I chose to round the corners. You don’t have to. You can keep them square if you prefer, it does make it a little easier to sew the binding on when the corners are square, just something to think about.
Step 4. This piece ends up being just a little bit too big, but when you get to step 11, you just trim the bottom up and it’s no problem at all.
In step 5, just make sure that you are sewing the zipper to the folded end, right on the fold.
Step 6. I sewed two seams on the zipper just to make sure it was tacked down nice and tight. I used a contrasting color to add a little extra cuteness.
Step 7. I just wanted you to see what it looks like at this point. The zipper really is smack dab in the middle of the panel. That’s because you are going to fold it back in half to make the glasses case part of the project.
Step 8. You are also going to sew the zipper to the folded edge of this piece. It just looks a little neater that way. You are going to trim the other edge off anyhow, so make sure the folded edge is the one you’re attaching the zipper to.
Step 9. Now that you’ve sewn the zippers on, go ahead and zip it up so you can see how you’re doing! It’s starting to come together!
Step 10. I just wanted to show you how it’s all going to come together. See how the side with the fabric sandwich is folded together? That is going to the side you put your awesome Granny Cheater in!
Step 11. Trim the zippers and fold the case together like in the picture. The pocket piece (not the fabric sandwich side) will be a little big, so trim it to fit.
Step 12. Open the whole thing back up and add clip or pin the binding all the way around. I do love my Wonder Clips, and this is why, just look how easy it is to hold the binding in place.
For a quick refresher on how to make a binding strip, simply follow the instructions below:
Now that you have your binding made and pinned onto the panel, let’s get back to the steps in the tutorial!
Step 13. Make sure you’re sewing close to the inside edge. You are going to stitch around the outside in just a minute, so hold tight.
Step 14. Okay, Now I did this part a little backwards. I don’t have a picture of the right way to do this so just follow my instructions. Don’t clip the case together yet. Unfold it and keep it flat. Sew a seam across the top of the panel binding. Where the glasses are going to slide into the pocket. You have to add the additional seam at this point, because once it is folded and the sides are stitched, it will be too awkward to get to.
Step 15. Now you can sew the bottom edge and the side together. Once you do that you will be all done. Super easy! Now you’re all set with some crazy Granny swag. Don’t mock the swag, I’m all about owning my need for Old Lady Cheaters…..don’t laugh, someday you might wake up and find that you need them too!
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