Finishing my canvaswork sunglasses case

So in due course I had finished the coral canvaswork panel, and took it off the frame. Then I had a slight anxiety about the size, and whether there would be space to go all around the sunglasses, and went around three sides with herringbone stitch.

The herringbone stitch rather emphasised the unevenness of one of the sides, but I’m choosing not to mind that, especially as the herringbone stitch had a secondary task; that of attaching some padding fabric to the the back of the canvaswork.

The fourth side was also herringbone stitch, but in that case, it’s the herringbone edging I often use on canvaswork pieces to cover and strengthen edges.

The finished piece was just folded in half and satin stitched to join the edges together. I didn’t herringbone it in this case because it was becoming so very difficult to stitch!

Finally, I took one of those flimsy black fabric cases that you sometimes get with a pair of sunglasses, and stitched it in around the top edge. Lovely though it is to have a bright, strong case for sunglasses, it’s not remotely protective if they keep falling out, and the drawstring will ensure that they stay put.

Now all I need is sunglasses weather!


  1. I REALLY like the void areas – they let the stitches shine. I also like the way you have finished the case. That it if folded over on one side and stitched together on the other. A drawstring closure is a good idea, I guess the flimsy bag is slightly slippery so the sun glasses would easily fall out unless you tighten the string.
    Keeping my fingers crossed that you get some of that sunglass weather.

  2. Jen Mullen says:

    Love the solution to keep the glasses from falling out. The stitches seem to glow. Hope you get some sunglasses weather soon!

  3. Sue Jones says:

    Neat, handsome and practical. Definitely a good result. Herringbone is a very versatile stitch.
    And today we have lovely sunshine here, to start February, so you might even need your case sooner than you think!

  4. What a lovely thing this is, those colours work so well together with the greeny blue highlighting that warm coral, a little snippet of Stef Francis treasure. Such pleasure to stitch with a thread you bought simply because it was delicious, even if it was years ago!
    Sunshine here in the south, and on the weekend “positively Mediterranean” as someone said to me as I took my neighbour’s little dog for a scamper on the seafront 🙂

  5. Carolyn Foley says:

    A great solution for your case and we have sunshine in abundance here.

  6. Meredithe says:

    What a great project and such a clever way to keep them in!

  7. Lin says:

    Neat idea to line it with the ready made bag. The canvaswork has worked really well, very smart, roll on summer. xx

  8. Beautiful and what a great idea to use the drawstring bag to keep them safe.

  9. Too beautiful !

  10. Marilyn Conway-Shepherd says:

    I am adapting this brilliant idea to make a case for my iPhone. Will include the inner drawstring too.

  11. Sheryl says:

    Beautiful work and such a good idea to use the flimsy case – I have one somewhere………..