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Sew a Sunglass or Eyeglass Case Pattern | DIY Glasses Case

If you are anything like me you keep hopping into a car with your sunnies on, then find you have nowhere safe to put them when you enter a shopping mall. I’ve scratched so many pairs of eyeglasses and sunglasses by shoving them into a purse, or leaving them lying around at home or in the car. This nifty DIY glasses case is just what everyone needs. All you need to do is get my free sunglasses or eyeglass case pattern and carve out 15 minutes of your schedule.

diy glasses case

Once you have learned how you’ll want to make a few glasses cases, so you have one for the car, one for home, one in your purse, and maybe a couple extra while others are in the wash. You can use gorgeous fabric scraps if you have some suitable pieces stashed. They also make great gifts that you can personalize according to the taste of the recipient. Just imagine, distressed denim for the teens, sophisticated stripes or polka dots for career girls, and paisley designs for the Bohemian types.

fabric glasses case

Below you will find my step by step DIY sunglasses case written tutorial with VIDEO instructions for all the visual learners.

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How to Make a Glasses Case

Supplies and tools

glasses case pattern and supplies

  • fabric – 2 pieces of 100% tightly woven cotton (one main, one lining)
  • fusible interfacing
  • my free eyeglass case pattern
  • matching thread
  • scissors (or rotary cutter and a cutting mat)
  • ruler or measuring tape
  • iron and ironing board
  • sewing clips or pins
  • sewing machine

DOWNLOAD:  sunglass / eyeglass case pattern (Free PDF file)

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How to Sew an Eyeglass Case

Watch the diy eyeglass case  video first and then follow the written step by step instructions below.
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DIY EYEGLASS CASE VIDEO TUTORIAL

DIY GLASSES CASE INSTRUCTIONS:

STEP 1: Prepare the sunglass or eyeglass case pattern

Download my free eyeglass case pattern and print it from your desktop program without any scaling. Trim the excess paper and set the glasses case template aside.

free sunglasses case pattern vs making your own

STEP 2: Cut all the fabrics

Fabric options:

  • MAIN FABRIC: Choose some suitable fabric bits that are 7 3/4 inches by 7 3/4 inches (20cm x 20cm). A bright and pretty outer pattern in a curtaining or non-stretch clothing fabric will be fine. Avoid heavy upholstery fabrics as they will be too thick to turn neatly.
  • LINING: For the lining try to choose a thin polar fleece, or fabric with a brushed finish. Even a soft cotton will work. This just give some padding to protect the lenses. Make sure the colors for the outer and lining work well together.

Cut the pattern pieces for the outer casing, the lining and the fusible interfacing – you’ll need one of each. As you’ll see on the eyeglasses case pattern piece one side is side is angled slightly. So you’ll need to cut the lining mirrored.

To do that before cutting this place your fabric right side to right side, so the wrong side of the lining is facing you. Now cut the angle, or lip as it’s known and pin along that angled edge.

There is a faster way to cut the fabrics for this DIY glasses case. I’d like to cut all three pieces at once so I place the interfacing with the bumpy side up, then place the outer fabric with right side on top and then I place the lining with it’s wrong side up.

cut fabrics for glasses case

STEP 3: Fuse interfacing to the outer piece (optional)

If you’re workings with some lightweight fabrics, you’ll need to add a little structure to your main fabric. Place the main fabric on top of the bumpy side of the interfacing and press with an iron from both sides.

how to make glasses case - fusing interfacing to fabric

STEP 3: Stitch

Place the outer fabric on top of the lining fabric right sides facing. Stitch the fabric pieces together along the whole length of the angled side 1/4″ (6mm) from the edge.

layering fabrics for fabric glasses case

TIP: If you want to make a smaller case use ½ inch (1.3cm) and you’ll need to trim it. Trim the seam allowance so its neat, grading it, which means leaving the outer fabric slightly wider than the lining. This allows for a neat finish.

STEP 4: Press

Open out the pieces and turning both the seam allowances towards the lining side, press flat along that curved edge so it’s nice and crisp.

STEP 5: Understitch the lining

Now you are going to take that flat seam and stitch a neat line on the lining side next to the original line you stitch. This is called under-stitching and will prevent fraying, hold the seam in place, also giving the edge a neat finish when turned.

glasses case understitched lining

STEP 6: Stitch down 1 inch

Take the end of angled bit and fold it over to meet the opposite seam – right side to right side. You are not going to stitch it, it just helps with locating the opposite seam.

Now take that long straight seam that meets the angled seam and pin down the lining and outer for just one inch, then stitch with a 1/4 inch seam allowance and trim. This creates the convenient spot on the finished item where you can reach in to get your eyeglasses out of the DIY eyeglass case.

Or you can use my eyeglass case template and transfer the marking so that you know exactly where to stitch.

stitched the first inch from the glasses case

STEP 7: Fold and pin around

Fold the eyeglass case lengthwise. You now have an inside out piece just under 16 inches long – with the side on the left having the lining and side on the right the outer fabric. Pin the edges together all around, making sure they line up neatly.

pinned glasses case

STEP 8: Stitch around the glasses case

Stitch all the way around the seams you have pinned leaving a 1 ½ to 2-inch gap midway down the long seam for the lining as this is where you will push the fabric through to turn it.

diy glasses case - joined lining with outer

STEP 9: Turn right side out

Trim the seams (you can use pinking shears if you have them), then push the fabric through the opening until it is right side out. You will have the lining on the left and the outer fabric on the right side. Make sure to use a blunt object like a chopstick to push out the corners. It’s tempting to use your scissors but you risk making a hole in the fabric – yikes! Been there, done that, in my very early days of sewing.

STEP 10: Stitch the gap closed

You’re nearly there. It just remains to neatly close the opening on the lining seam with your machine or hand stitch it closed using a ladder stitching or a slip stitching

STEP 11: Finish the sunglasses case

Now it’s time to push the lining into the outer fabric case and make sure they fit snugly into each other and lie flat before giving them the final press. And there you are – one eyeglasses or sunglasses case done and dusted.

diy glasses case with eyeglasses

That’s it your DIY glasses case is ready!

Keep this pattern for eyeglass case handy, because now all your friends will ask for such a cute soft glasses case. It makes for a great gift for both adults and kids, uses very little fabric (scrapbusting anyone?) and stitches up quickly.

diy eyeglass case on top of fabric book cover

DIY Glasses Case FAQs:

Why is the lining not fitting well inside the outer case?

Try to use fabrics of similar weight – if the lining fabric is too thick it may not fit neatly inside. Winter pajama fabric or thin track suiting, or a brushed or plain cotton make for good linings. Avoid heavy track suiting or quilted material as it gets too awkward to turn on such a small item.

How do I stop the glasses falling out of the case?

If this is a concern you can solve it by sewing a tiny piece of Velcro to the inside of the top of the sunglasses case on either side. An alternative solution is to sew a button, centrally place, on the outside of the front of the case – that’s the bit with the angled side, near the top. Take a piece of colored twine or braid and make a loop that you place inside the seam so that when you sew the top piece together it will turn outwards when you turn the fabric. Bring the loop down to hook over the button.

The glasses do fit well inside, and personally I think the eyeglasses case looks sleeker and more sophisticated without closings.

diy eyeglasses cases with glasses

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[email protected] Heritage Home Ec - March 27, 2021

These are so cute! I need to make some for both pairs of glasses at work (safety and prescription safety glasses). A couple of these in my work bag would both organize and protect them. Thank you so much for sharing. 🙂

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Sarah-Marie - March 28, 2021

What a great way to ensure that your glasses case stands out from the crowd and doesn’t get muddled up with anyone else’s! #PoCoLo

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Sarita - March 31, 2021

Sounds like a good beginner sewing project! Thanks for sharing at The Homestead Blog Hop!

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Kippi Ohern - March 31, 2021

Wonderful idea for a sunglass case. Thank you for sharing.

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Stephanie 139a - April 8, 2021

Love the fabric #PoCoLo

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    Helen - April 10, 2021

    Thanks, Stephanie. I love it too

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