DIY Glasses case tutorial

I have some really big sunglasses that I wanted to take with me on our recent trip to Cuba.  However the case they came with is the size of a small coffin. It's a hard case, which I know is the best way to protect them, but it takes up too much room in my travel purse.

What to do? Make a new one! I created a pattern which you can click on and download.  Feel free to alter it, your sunglasses might not be as big as mine. To complete this DIY Glasses case tutorial you will need a zipper and about 1/8 yard of fabric.

gc re 1I had purchased this Michael Miller fabric from and thought it was just perfect. It is named 20/20, clever! I didn't know what I was going to make when I ordered it so I have two yards. Yep, gc re 0that was enough!

I cut out four of the pattern from the fabric and two from batting. I also cut a 1.25 strip plus a strip of the same size from batting.

I was lucky and found a zipper in my stash. I used black and I think it was 14 inches long. It's easy to just cut off the end part of the zipper so your zipper can be fairly long.

gc re 2Use the marks on the pattern as a guide.

Pin the zipper from one end to the other on one piece.

You will repeat on the other side. gc re 3

Stitch it on using your zipper foot.

On my Bernina that means I also have to switch the needle position.

Sew slowly when you are near the zipper pull. Ease it a bit into position.

gc re 5When you have both sides sewn to the zipper you need to add the strip as a center part of the case.

Start by sewing it along the end of the long end of the zipper. Careful when going over the teeth.

Clip the zipper.gc re 6

Sew the strip onto the first piece of the case.

You might have to ease it a bit.

Repeat for the other side. Leave the zipper open a bit and turn it inside out using that gap.

gc re 7You will end up with a wobbly case.

You are now going to make the lining with the batting. I didn't sew the batting to the wrong size of the lining pieces but you might want to.

The lining doesn't have the zipper so repeat the steps with the strip and the two sides. You are making a wobbly case in other words. gc re 9 Leave a tiny gap at the bottom which you will use to turn the case inside out.

Now you will put the right sides together of the wobbly case and the padded case. Sew them at the top, using the stitch line you already created as your guide.

Turn it inside out and sew the gap together.

gc re 11Press it and you will have a cute, padded glasses case.

It is a bit big for my regular glasses but perfect for my sunglasses.

I think it's the fabric that makes it sew cute however. gc re 10

Sew happy!

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This case is just a variation on any zippered case. Here's my post on 3 different sizes of zippered cases.

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