This easy eyeglass case sewing tutorial is a perfect project for beginners, someone looking for easy projects to make and sell or just someone wanting to use up their stash. A glasses case / sunglass pouch is something almost every person could use. We all have at least one or the other. I know I could make use of several of these a cute soft eyeglass cases. One for every handbag and drawer!
DIY Glasses Case Tutorial
I do a lot of reading on my kindle app on my phone and to prevent eye strain, I have started wearing “readers”. It would be easy to just increase the font size in the Kindle app, but then there would be fewer words per page, which I don’t like. (I also keep a few readers stashed around the house and in my purse for tiny print as I’ve noticed my close up focus is beginning to show its “age.”)
I’d picked up this 10 piece set of readers online because the price was so good, and I like the idea of being able to stash them all over the house. (I also get a kick out of walking into a room and catching my hubby wearing them. He looks especially good in my red ones that live in the basket on the dining room table, lol.)
I actually don’t like wearing them in public though, because I have a long narrow face and those frames are a bit too wide for my face.
Luckily, we had stopped into Buc Ee’s on a recent trip to Houston and I stumbled upon a pair/brand I love! (If you’re from Texas- I know you love Bucees too.) The brand is called Peepers, and they are such a great frame shape, I love them! The majority of the Peepers frames are more square and round and less rectangular.
These are my exact frames. You can really see the width difference here:
The Peepers readers don’t come with an eyeglass pouch so to keep them from getting all scratched up, I wanted to make a cute soft eyeglass case for my purse.
This little eyeglass case is super easy to make (I’m talking like less than 5 minutes) and works great as a sunglass pouch too!
My favorite fabric for these little sunglass cases is fleece, but almost anything that doesn’t fray will work. (This project is a perfect addition to my last post, 37 ways use up leftover fleece – so I guess we should make it 38, lol.)
If you want to use quilting cotton or another fabric that frays, these little halloween treat bags are made very similarly, but the top edges of the pouch are folded in to keep them from fraying.
This would be an excellent project for beginner sewist or to make and sell. I can just picture a bunch of them in cute fabric prints or solids, maybe embroidered with winky eyelashes.
Other scrap busting projects you might like
- Mug Rugs
- Embellished towels
- Best Lil’ DIY Headband Ever
- Scrapy fabric flower
- 5-inch fabric flower
- Quilted Cozy
DIY Glasses Case Sewing Instructions:
- The glasses case / sunglass pouch size given below is for a standard size pair of glasses. If you are making a pouch for an oversized pair, you will want to increase the width of the fabric piece.
- Make sure to use the appropriate needle for fabric used.
- You can use whatever type of cording you like, but I thought the “grabbi-ness” of the cotton bakers twine worked great in keeping the pouch closed.
Materials needed for glasses case:
- 7.5 inch tall by 6.5 inch wide piece of fleece or other non-fraying fabric
- about 15 inches of cord (I used several types and actually prefer the bakers twine)
- basic sewing supplies like this rotary blade and mat, handy quilters ruler, and
Steps for making a soft glasses case:
Lay fabric piece out flat. Fold top edge over 5/8 inch and sew a quarter inch from bottom edge.
Fold fabric right sides together and trim the corner piece off as shown:
Use a loop turner (or safety pin) to pull the cord through the casing.
Line the fabric up again and sew along the side and bottom of the pouch.
Tie cord into a knot and trim.
Flip pouch right side out and you are done!
So cute! (and that Luxe purple fleece is so soft!!)
Let me know if you end up making any of these. You can tag me on Instagram with #scatteredmompatterns or share a photo to my facebook group here.
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Jamie Sanders is a wife and mom of 2, located in the heart of Texas. She founded Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom in 2011 as a place to share creative ideas and family friendly recipes. Her work has been featured on Martha Stewart, Woman’s World, HuffPost, TODAY, Pioneer Woman, HGTV, CNET, Good Housekeeping, Yahoo, Oprah Daily, and Redbook, plus many other publications. To date, she had given away just under a million free pdf sewing patterns.