Things You'll Need
- 2 - felt rectangles 4-inches length by 3-inches width (front, back)
- 2 - felt rectangles 4-inches length by 2-inches width (sides)
- 1 - felt rectangle 3-inches length by 2-inches width (bottom)
- 1 - felt rectangle 3-inches length by 3-inches width (top flap)
- Pinking shears
- Straight pins
- Sewing machine
Making your own cigarette cases to house your cigarette pack can be accomplished in about 30 minutes with felt and moderate sewing machine skills. Because of the fiber content of felt, no hemming is necessary and you can achieve a charming edge with pinking shears before you begin sewing the cigarette case. A simple felt case is so practical and inexpensive to make, you may find yourself making more than one.
Trim all felt edges with a pair of pinking sheers.
Place a side rectangle on top of the front rectangle, aligning the right 4-inch long edges. Pin. Place a side rectangle on top of the back rectangle, aligning the left 4-inch long edges. Pin.
Sew the front/side with a vertical seam along the edge, using a straight stitch and a 1/4-inch seam allowance, on the machine. Sew the back/side with a vertical seam along the edge using a straight stitch and a ¼-inch seam allowance. Remove pins.
Flatten the front/side with the “inside” of the case facing you. The pinked edges/seams are the outside of the cigarette case. Place the bottom rectangle on top of the front rectangle, aligning the 3-inch wide edges. Pin. Sew across the bottom/front edge horizontally, using a straight stitch and a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Remove pins.
Place the inside of the front/right side and the back/left side together (the finished case will have the pinked edges visible). You’ll be looking at the outside of the cigarette case. Align the left 4-inch long edge and the 4-inch long edge of the left side (connected to the case’s back). Pin. Sew, using a straight stitch and 1/4-inch seam allowance. Remove pins.
Align the 4-inch long edge of the back with the 4-inch long edge of the right side (attached to the front). Pin. Sew using a straight stitch and 1/4-inch seam allowance. Remove pins.
Use your fingers to stand the “box” erect. Bring the bottom rectangle into place underneath. Pin the two sides and back along the bottom of the case’s edges. Sew using a straight stitch and a 1/4-inch seam allowance. You now have a case in the shape of a cigarette pack.
Align one 3-inch long flap end with the top edge of the back of the case. Position the flap 1/2-inch from the edge. Pin. Sew across the flap/back of the case horizontally, using a straight stitch as close to the pinked edge of the flap end as possible. Remove pins.
Hand sew one part of the snap 1/2-inches from the top center edge of the front of the felt cigarette case and sew the other snap part 1/2-inch from the front flap edge on the underside. Insert cigarette pack and snap the top flap closed.
Louise Harding holds a B.A. in English language arts and is a licensed teacher. Harding is a professional fiction writer. She is mother to four children, two adopted internationally, and has had small businesses involving sewing and crafting for children and the home. Harding's frugal domestic skills help readers save money around the home.