Thursday, August 22, 2013

Custom Quilted Visor for your Sunglasses - Woo Hoo!

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Hi everyone!

I've been wanting to make one of these for a very long time. I found my original visor in a drawer, from, I don't know...probably 25 years ago! Anyway, It was looking pretty bad, so, I decided today is the day to remake it and out of some really great prints!

So, Here we go! Get your materials out, and make it with me! (it doesn't take very long!)


Sunglass Visor ©by Denise Clason


Materials:
4” x 10”  patterned fabric scrap (top)
4” x 10” coordinating fabric scrap (underside)
2-1/4” x 22” coordinating fabric strip (binding)
4” x 10” cotton batting, The Warm Co.
6-1/4” length of 1/4” elastic, (cut into 4 sections) Note: you may need more elastic if your sunglasses have a wide side arm.
All-purpose thread to match, Gutermann
KK2000 Temporary Spray Adhesive, Sulky
Fray Check, Dritz
Basic Sewing Supplies
1/4” sewing machine foot

Instructions:

  1. Layer fabrics and batting in this order. Underside fabric, face down. Spray with KK2000, batting, spray with KK2000, top fabric, face up.
  2. Quilt with straight stitching, approximately 7/8” apart.
  3. Cut (1) visor pattern, from above quilted fabric. (be sure to center the pattern on a stitching line)
  4. NOTE: I printed out the visor pattern by clicking on the image and then reducing the size by 62% it turned out exactly the size of the original pattern!

Enlarge pattern until the mark measures 1"


Add the Elastic:
  1. Cut the elastic into 4 sections, by first, folding in half and then fold each piece in half to cut into equal pieces.
  2. Fold elastic in half and pin to bottom edge of visor, approximately 1/2” from corner. See photo. Stitch in place. While you still have the visor in the machine, add another elastic, next to first elastic and stitch. Repeat on opposite side.




Add the Binding:
  1. Fold the binding strip in half lengthwise, with right side out, press.


  1. Beginning with 1/2” of binding off edge of visor, and with right sides together, sew to the top edge of the visor. Leave 1/2” over edge at end. See photo. 
  2. Turn Binding over to underside and stitch in the ditch to secure to visor. See photo.Trim ends to match the curve of the bottom edge of visor.

  1. Beginning with 1” of binding off edge of visor, and with RST, sew remaining binding to visor. Leave 1” over edge at end. 



  1. Turn binding over to underside and begin stitching the binding closed and then stitch in the ditch to secure binding to visor.

  1. Fold ends of binding to underside and backstitch down. Cut ends off close to sewing line. With Fray Check, secure edges to keep from fraying.



***Here is the finished visor, from the underneath side. You'll slide your sunglasses through the elastic and wear as is wearing a hat! But, remember, there is no "cap" to smash your hair!


Finished underside, My fabric looks green, in the picture, but it is actually sea foam blue.
Finished top side of visor, LOVE it!

What colors would you pick? and how many would you make? These are easy and adorable...GREAT for kids!

I would love to hear your comments on this project! And please share! Follow me by clicking on my social media buttons!
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34 comments :

  1. Your tutorials are perfect. I would need the photos to try to do this project and you have made it easy for me to duplicate. Thank you!

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    1. Thank you Lisa! I am a photo person, too. I like "seeing" what I have to do.

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  2. Very clever, and the sewing is fabulous.

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    1. Thank you, Allie. I love sewing and I started with clothing construction when I was about 9 or so...So, it's been a while.

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  3. WOW! What a fun and wonderful idea! I just love it! Great colors as well! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. I absolutely LOVE putting prints together, in fact, I can get in trouble with my "stash" as I tend to find a grouping of fabrics and then not put them away in the shelves (because I organize by "color") so, they sit on my big cutting area!

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  4. Hey, looks great! Can I see a pic of it on the sunglasses? Curious about how it looks on them. This is really cool, cause I hate hat hair and sun in my eyes!
    Thanks Denise!!

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    1. Added the "beauty shot" and you know the model! Erin, my beautiful daughter! Grabbed her before we went to the library with the grandkids!

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  5. What a great idea! Your tutorials are excellent, you always make me feel like I can sew that!

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    1. thanks Carmen! I like simple tutorials, and most everyone can sew, as long as they are easy!

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  6. Seriously! It's like Voodoo man- this amazes me that you can make these things! Love them:) I'm sending this out to my quilter friends:)

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    1. thanks Molly! I've been sewing for about 45 years. I began with clothing construction, used to make up patterns for my dolls, and then started sewing for myself when I was about 12. I had my own sewing/alterations business at 16! with business cards and everything!

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  7. Have you changed your blog layout? It looks really great! I love the choice and combination of fabrics you used for the visor!

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    1. YES, I'm so glad you noticed. I love it so much more! I'm getting ready to go to a Sewing Summit next month and we learn all about blogging, and sewing...so, I had to get mine into shape. thanks!

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  8. This is so cool, what a great idea. love that you choose the blue!

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    1. Thanks Brenda, I actually got rid of the green and it was a no brainer. These colors looked so much better. notice the blue is different than the original photo from Facebook?

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  9. Great step by step instructions. Love the fabrics!

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    1. My favorite part about sewing/quilting is putting fabrics together!

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  10. That's too cute and easy! Your tutorial makes it sound like I could do it and I'm all thumbs!

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    1. Yes, it is VERY easy! Don't really need to know how to sew...It can be made in about 2 hours. thanks, come back for more tutorials.

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  11. Yay, Erin...rocking the visor and looking great! I really like your style Denise! You explain things so well too!

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    1. Thanks Janine, Erin came over to pick me up for a library trip with the grandkids...I snatched her and said I needed a "beauty shot" she was so great! Wearing her BRAND Spanking NEW Prescription Sun Glasses, too!

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  12. Thank you for adding all the details about how to do the binding. That one is still a mystery to me. I will have to try this.

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    1. The method I use is so simple! And you don't have to "sew" the ends together, which can be a tricky part for some. You should try it Manny!

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  13. Very cute design!!
    By Nate Heard

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  14. Clever and cute! Nice tutorial :) #sscnet

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  15. Such a cute idea! Not a seamstress here - I might have to glue one together!

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  16. This would be a life saver for those of us that wear glasses only and have to put on the clip on sunglasses.


    By Deborah Warren

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  17. Ha! I love it, these can be totally customized for my sons baseball season too!

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  18. Cathy Champion • These would be so cute to make for kids to match their outfits (of course, you make their outfits, right? lol). I sewed for my boys until they were school age and wanted to wear what the other kids did. Now they're in their thirties and want me to make stuff for them again (cheaper!). My husband even said that he would use one if he could choose the fabric!

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    1. wow, that is so cool, Cathy! Would love to see the one for your husband! And how he looks posing for the photo! ahhaha

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    2. He wears glasses, so wants to try it on those for when he's out in the sun and doesn't want to wear a ball cap. My guess is that instead of usings scraps (which would make it cheaper and quick to make) he'll want either Dr. Who fabric (at $25/yd) or St. Louis Cardinals.
      By Cathy Champion

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    3. Of Course! They don't want to look "homemade" haha. I made a "tie" for a friend who designed fabrics, and there was NO way that the tie was going to look masculine. It was like little girl fabric...I think he only wore it once. (didn't blame him)

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  19. Great design!

    www.oakley.com
    Sunglasses, Goggles, Apparel, and More

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