How To Make an Eyeglass Case | Sunglass Case | Quick and Simple Project

DIY FABRIC SUNGLASS CASE

In this blog post, I show you how to make a super cute eyeglass and sunglass case. These cases are quite simple to make and require just a little bit of fabric making them a great project to use up your fabric scrap.

This is a beginner sewing project that is fun and quite addicting. I dare you to make just one.

Eyeglass Case Materials and Supplies Needed

  • Sewing machine
  • Fabric: Solid pieces, prints, or scraps sewn together
  • Rotary cutter (or scissors if you don’t have a rotary cutter)
  • Fabric scissors
  • Fabric clips (or straight pins)
  • Writing device: Pen or pencil
  • Turning stick (or point turner)
  • Universal needle: Size 80 or 90
  • Fabric stabilizer: Soft and stable, cotton batting or flannel
  • Seam ripper
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Labels (optional for a custom touch)
SUNGLASS CASE

Eyeglass Case Instructions

Step 1: Prepare the Fabric

Cutting Out

  • Outside piece: 7 by 7.5 inches.
  • Lining piece: 7 by 9.75 inches.
  • Stabilizer: 7 by 7 inches.

Step 2: Assemble the Case

Measure and Mark

  • Measure one inch down on the stabilizer for a seam allowance line.
  • Place the lining piece right side up and the outside piece right side down, and align the 7-inch ends together.
  • Place the stabilizer on top and clip everything in place.
SUNGLASS CASE

 Sew the Top Seam:

  • Using a straight stitch, sew along the drawn line. (No need to backstitch).
  • Press the Seam
  • Open the sewn pieces and press the seam with an iron.
SUNGLASS CASE LABEL

Step 3: Add a Label (Optional)

Insert Label

  • Fold the label in half with the raw edges facing outward.
  • Baste the label in place. (This will be worth the time taken, trust me).

LEARN HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN LABELS HERE.

  • Open up the pieces of fabric and give the seam edge a good press.
  • Then, fold the lining over so the wrong sides are facing each other. 
  • Line up the side and bottom edges. Press the top fold.
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Step 4: Sew the Edges

  • Fold the panel in half horizontally, lining up seam and binding.
  • Pin or clip in place.
  • Using a 3/8 inch seam allowance, sew around the panel leaving about a 3 inch gap unsewn for turning.
  • Start sewing from the lining side, backstitching at the start and end, and leave the 3-inch gap unsewn.sunglass case
  • Clip the corners without cutting into the seam.

***TIP: Fold and press the opening seam allowances before turning. This will make it a lot easier.

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Step 5: Turn

  • Turn the case right side out through the 3-inch gap.
  • Use a turning stick to poke out the corners and ensure the foam lays flat.
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Step 6: Sewing Opening Closed

  • Press the outer fabric edges and corners, taking care not to let the iron touch your label.
  • Fold the pre-pressed seam allowance inside and line up the folded edges.
  • Clip in place.
  • Topstitch along the edge to close the opening.
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Step 7: Final Touches

  • Insert the lining into the sunglass case.sunglass case pressing
  • Press the top edge for a neat finish.
sunglass case finished

Imagine all the fun color combinations you can use.

You can even add a snap if you want, but I’ve found that the case holds snugly without one.

Enjoy your new, custom-made eyeglass or sunglass case!

diy sunglass case styles

You can also make the outer panels using two other methods: sew-as-you-go fabric strip quilting and scrappy fabric panels.

The sunglass case video below will show these methods.

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