Don't just throw your sunnies in your bag ... protect them with chic DIY Glasses Case! This free Sunglasses Case Pattern is super easy to make, and the wrap style is so stylish. Make one for all your favorite pairs!
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I have slight sunglasses addiction ... I just can't stop buying them! It's such an easy way to upgrade any outfit.
The problem is that I don't have many cases. And the ones I do have are either too bulky to carry around, or they only fit the pair the case came with.
Do you have the same problem?
After splurging on a pair of classic Ray Ban Wayfarers a couple years ago, I spotted a gorgeous wrap-style sunglass case. It was love at first sight with this cute case!
I really liked the case, but it was kind of pricey. And I'd much rather spend my money on another pair of sunglasses. Know what I mean?
So, what's a girl to do? I made my own DIY Sunglasses Case, of course ... and I can't wait to show you how to make it, too!
DIY Sunglasses Case Pattern
You won't believe how easy this sewing pattern is to make. Most of your time will be spent cutting out the material, and two simple stitches are all that's required to hold the case together ... no sewing machine required!
Best of all, this DIY case fits almost any pair of glasses. It's flexible and doesn't take up a lot of space, making it perfect for small bags.
Suede or leather is the perfect material for this project. It's durable, there's no need to finish the edges, and you only need a small scrap. However, I'm sharing tips for using other materials below.
I made my case from some blue suede that I've had for years. Actually, I'm pretty sure it's faux suede, but I can't be 100%. It's from a pillow my mom made in the 70's ... this stuff is decades old!
The material was leftover from these DIY Suede Tassels (check them out below) I made a while ago. Check them out if you have anything leftover when you're done!
Here's what you need to make your own homemade Sunglasses Case:
- Suede or Leather (Faux or Real)
- Pattern Template (Find it at end of this post.)
- Sharp Scissors
- Fine Point Pen or Marker
- Thread (Use something that matches the suede / leather.)
- Sturdy Sewing Needle
You can also use woven fabric, but you'll need to finish the edges to avoid fraying. To use another material, cut out two pieces of the fabric, adding an extra ½-inch of seam allowance on all edges. Stack the fabric with right sides facing together, then sew around the pieces ½-inch from the edge. Leave a small opening unstitched. Turn the case inside out through the opening, then hand stitch the opening closed. Press flat and follow directions for attaching the strap ... a ribbon would work great to hold the case together.
How to Make a Glasses Case
Start by printing out the template (get it at the end of the post), making sure to print it at full size. I'd recommend printing the pattern on cardstock.
Cut out the template, and wrap it around your sunglasses to make sure it fits. If you need to, make adjustments to the template, such as adding or subtracting width or height.
Once you're sure it fits, place the template on your material and trace around it with a pen or marker.
Cut out the material carefully. Then wrap it around your sunglasses and make any little adjustments, if necessary.
Next, cut a strip of material ¼-inch wide by 25-inches long. This will be for the wraparound strap. Trim one end of the strap on an angle.
Note: You could also use a piece of ribbon if you'd like a contrasting strap, or if you do not have enough material leftover.
Lay the case flat on a table with the inside facing up. Align the flat edge of the strap with the middle of the case.
Using a needle and thread, sew the strap in place using an x-pattern (see the picture below). Go over the "x" a few times, then knot your thread and trim the ends.
Attach the strap to the bottom center of the case with an "x", as well. Do not attach the middle part of the strap to the case. This will be kept open to hold your sunglasses in place.
Note: I used white in the picture, but you'll want the thread to match your material so your stitches don't show on the outside of the finished case. If you have a hard time getting your needle through the suede or leather, use something sharp (like a seam ripper) to pierce a hole first.
Guess what? You're done! Wasn't this DIY glasses case easy to make?
To use the case, slide one of the temples (arms) through the open part of the strap that you just stitched down, like I did below. It will hold your sunglasses in place.
Then, fold the case over your glasses and wrap the strap around the outside a few times. Tuck the loose end under the wrap, and you are good to go!
I hope you enjoyed learning how to make a sunglasses case. I've had mine for many years now, and it still looks good as new!
Download the Free Pattern
Download the free Glasses Case pattern by clicking here or anywhere on the image below. For best results, print the file at full size on cardstock paper.
More Easy DIY Projects
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DIY Glasses Case
- fine point pen or marker
- sewing needle
- 1 piece suede or leather (faux or real)
- matching thread
- Print sewing pattern on cardstock paper at full size. Cut out pattern.
- Trace pattern on suede / leather using pen or marker, then carefully cut along lines.
- Cut a strip of material ¼-inch wide by 25-inches long. Trim one end on an angle.
- Lay the case flat with inside of material facing up. Align the flat edge of the strap with the middle of the case.
- Using a needle and thread, sew the strap in place using an x-pattern. Go over the "x" a few times, then knot your thread and trim the ends.
- Attach the strap to the bottom center of the case with an "x", as well. (Do not attach the middle part of the strap to the case.)
- To use case, slide one of the sunglass temples (arms) under the interior strap. Close the case, then wrap the strap around the outside a few times. Tuck the loose edge under the strap to close.