The holidays are right around the corner…time to get busy on handmade gifts!
But first – thank you for all the nice comments wishing me a speedy recovery. So appreciated, and I’m doing great now. You guys are the absolute best.
These quilted eyeglass cases are perfect for readers and sunglasses – the ones that get lost on the bottom of a handbag. I used to make them back when Ashley and I sold handmade fabric and mixed media items at charity craft fairs. We even had a moniker and logo: Back Alley Five & Dime (because most of our items were $1, $5, or $10).
The case is basically a small drawstring pouch, with a quilted shell and plain lining.
Once the lining is pushed back inside the shell, I topstitch the case 1/2″ from the top edge, forming the casing for the drawstring.
The drawstring goes in, the cord lock goes on, and, voila, done!
Materials and so on:
Finished size 3.5″ x 7″.
1/2″ seam allowance.
Shell, lining, and fusible fleece or low-loft batting: Cut 1 of each, 17″ x 4.5″ (or 2 pieces, 8.5″ x 4.5″, if using smaller scraps). I prefer the fusible fleece over batting, because it makes the case a little stiffer.
Drawstring: Cut 1, 14″ long x 2mm or 3mm. I like faux leather or waxed cotton cord, found in the jewelry making section of craft stores.
1 medium cord lock. There are loads of sources online, and JoAnns carries these as well.
So, I’m thinking I’ll make some more little things to match, maybe card wallets. These are perfect to tuck into a clutch or wristlet, where a wallet just doesn’t fit. Actually, I use mine to hold my Coco’s Loft cards, just in case someone asks for one (or I want to force one on people!) There are loads of DIY card wallet ideas on Pinterest.
A rare full moon for Christmas – so of course I was outside last night trying to capture the event and maybe snag Santa flying across the moon.
I always struggle with night photos with my Canon Powershot. In this case, ambient light from the street lamps, plus the ever present glow from the city, kept me from getting a clear shot of the moon.
Never one to give up, I went out early this morning to try for a pic in the western sky. The moon had already set! Tonight I’ll go out later and try again.
But my early Christmas morning stroll was so pleasant – it was about 76 degrees, breezy, and very quiet. I love mornings.
I’ll be wrapping gifts soon, so here’s a look at a year-long project for Ashley and David. I researched our family, my side and their father’s, on Ancestry.com and created ancestry books for them.
The book is divided into two sections, by family (my last name is Starnes).
All artwork is pen and ink, by me…
And has family trees, relationship charts, immigration dates and places, old photos, and odds and ends. About 100 pages of goodies! I used ‘MyHeritage’, a free family tree maker, for most of the charts and trees. Its reporting tools are much better than those of Ancestry.com. Another plus – it can be downloaded and used offline.
‘A Christmas Story’ is playing nonstop on my telly – of course! Wishing you a fun day – Coco