Introduction: How to Sew a Sunglass or Eyeglass Case

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Making your own sunglass or eyeglass case is easy. First, decide how big your case needs to be. I like a finished case that measures 6" x 3", so I start with an outer fabric measuring 7" x 7". However, for bigger glasses, you might want to start with a rectangle of fabric that measures 7.5" x 8".

Step 1: Measure and Cut Your Fabrics.

First, measure your outer fabric. I have chosen cute Japanese hedgehog fabric for my case, and dark brown fleece for my lining. I find that cotton or linen fabrics work best for this project. Once you have chosen your outer fabric, cut it to the size you want. Iron it so it has no wrinkles and will lay smooth and flat. Next, cut a piece of fleece in the same size. I generally do this by laying the outer fabric over the top of the fleece and then just cut around it, using the outer piece as a pattern. It does not have to be perfect.

Step 2: Put Right Sides Together and Sew.

Next put the two right sides together and sew across the top. You will sew across the shorter two sides, not the longer sides of the rectangle. Lay your project out flat as shown in the picture.

Step 3: Fold Over and Sew.

Fold over so that the fleece sides meet each other and the fabric sides meet each other. Line up the seam edges. Then sew the long sides, starting at the outer fabric. You will end up with a tube as shown in the picture.

Step 4:

Turn your case inside out so that the outer fabric is inside and the fleece is on the outside, as shown in picture. Then flatten out and smooth it down. You will need to manipulate the fabric and fleece to line everything up. I like my seam to run down the center, but you could just as easily have your seam on the side. Then, stitch the bottom. Follow that by a zigzag stitch close to your previous line of stitches.

Step 5: Trim Excess and Turn Case Right Side Out.

 Trim the excess getting the scissors as close to the zigzag stitch as possible without cutting into it. Then turn your case right side out, and press with an iron. Be careful not to touch the fleece with a hot iron!

Step 6: Your Case Is Finished.

Your case is finished. These take less than 15 minutes to make once you have the hang of it. You can make your cases in your favorite fabrics. They make great little gifts or stocking stuffers, and they can be personalized by your choice of fabrics. They can be lined with coordinating or contrasting colors of fleece.