Classy Glasses Case

Created By:

Milinda Stephenson of Milinda Sews

Skill Level: Intermediate

"If you are a little afraid of your serger, this project is for you. I will admit that I was afraid and didn't want to take it out of the box for fear that I wouldn't know what to do with all of those threads.

This step-by-step guide for beginners provides advice on choosing the proper settings, the perfect fabric and easy-to-follow directions for serging this classy glasses case." - Janome Maker Milinda Stephenson


Step 1: Cut out Fabric:

  • Cut one 8 1/2" x 8" lining fabric
  • Cut one 8 1/2" x 8" outer fabric
  • If you would like your glass case to be more sturdy, cut one 8 1/2" x 8" piece of interfacing and iron to the back of either the lining or outer fabric piece.

Step 2: Prepare to Serge by Aligning the Fabric:

  • With the right sides together, align the fabric pieces along the 8 1/2" edge.
  • If you wish, pin the fabric in the center (well away from the seam, you don't want to ever serge over pins!).

Step 3: Serge One 8 1/2" Edge:

  • Serge the edge by lifting the foot slightly and sliding it under the front edge of the foot.
  • Be certain that the presser foot is in the down position and serge.
  • You may use the guidelines on your serger to keep your stitching straight.

Step 4: Serge Off, Leaving a 3" Thread Tail:

  • Allow the fabric to move beyond the presser foot and continue serging until you've created a 3" tail.
  • Clip the thread tail at the fabric edge.

Secure the Stitches:

  • The easiest way to be certain your stitches don't come undone is to dab a dot of Fray-Check where you clipped your stitches.
  • Allow the Fray-Check to dry before continuing your project.


  • Iron open the seam.

Step 5: Fold Fabric in Half (Hot Dog Style)

Step 6: Serge

  • Begin by serging the outer fabric end. Serge to the end.
  • Serge off a 3" tail and clip.

Secure Along the Long Edge:

  • Next, serge the long side.
  • Leave the lining fabric end open for turning.

Remember to Serge Off:

  • Be certain to serge off, but this time, serge a 6" thread tail.
  • Clip the thread tail in the center, leaving 3" at your serger, and 3" beyond the fabric edge.
  • Turn right side out.

Serge the Lining Closed:

  • Serge closed the opening you used to turn the fabric.
  • Press your fabric.
  • Turn it right side out.



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