I love designing small sewing projects that make great gifts. I designed this glasses case pattern so you could make a fun colorful sunglasses case to gift to a friend (or yourself!). This pattern would also work well if you want to make a reading glasses case.
I like to go in and improve some of my older tutorials. Since this project has been getting a lot of attention lately, I thought it was time to freshen it up and share it with you again.
There are two things you should know about me (cause I know it was keeping you on the edge of your seat *wink*):
1) I ALWAYS have a pair of sunglasses with me, I can’t drive without them, the sun hurts my eyes.
2) My purse is a MESS. All of the sunglass cases I had before were too heavy so I didn’t carry them around with me.
I made this simple glasses case to be lightweight enough to not weigh me down, and the pom pom attachment will make them quick to spot in my purse.
If you’d like to make the pom pom zipper pulls also click here for a free tutorial to make them.
Note: If you would prefer a PDF version of this pattern instead, you can get one in the shop.
Zippered Sunglasses Case Pattern
This sunglasses case comes in two sizes. The smaller one I think is great for glasses. (It would be perfect for reading glasses!).
The larger size is a better glasses case for Sunglasses since they tend to be larger than regular glasses You can pick which size you’d like to make.
Glasses Case Pattern Supplies:
- 2 Fat Quarters – the fabrics here are from the So Happy Together Line from Riley Blake (it has been retired for a number of years).
- 1/2 yard 1/4″ foam – You can use auto liner foam from the fabric store or Pellon Flex Foam.
- 7″ zipper
- A Scrap of colored canvas or other solid fabric
- Piece of Heat N Bond Lite
- Pattern Piece download it in the Sewing Template Library
Small Scissors to Cut the Applique- these are my ABSOLUTE favorites, sharp and perfect for cutting small pieces.
1: Print the Glasses Pattern Piece:
Print and cut out your pattern piece. Make sure your page scaling is set to NONE in Acrobat.
How to Get the Printable Pattern Pieces. You can download a copy of the pattern pieces used in this project in our Template Library. Access to the library is for our Newsletter subscribers and subscriptions are free. Please CLICK HERE and follow the instructions to download the pattern pieces. PLEASE READ the instructions on that page. NOTE: The download only contains the pattern piece, you still need to read this tutorial to complete your project.
2. Cut Out your Fabric:
From pattern piece cut 2 pieces for case front and back and 2 pieces for lining front and back.
Cut out 2 pieces of foam using your pattern piece.
3. Create the Sunnies Applique
Using a light box (or a bright window) trace the word “sunnies” onto your piece of wonder under. Make sure the words are REVERSED. To do this just put the paper upside down when you trace.
Cut out the words loosely. It does not need to be precise at this point. Press onto your piece of canvas.
Cut out the letters again, this time precisely.
4. Attach Words to Sunglasses Case
Remove backing and press to case front. Stitch through center of letters to secure.
5. Attach the Zipper
Layer wrong side of case front onto foam piece.
Place zipper right side down on top of case front piece.
Place lining piece right side down on top of the zipper (the wrong side of the zipper).
Using your zipper foot, stitch all layers together.
Repeat for the case back piece.
It will look like this.
Press top seam well and top stitch along the zipper. This will keep the lining from catching in the zipper.
Unzip the Zipper. (DON’T forget this step)
6. Stitch Case Outside Seam
Pin case front and case back pieces together and lining front and lining back pieces together. Using a 1/4″ seam stitch. Leave a 3″ opening in lining piece to turn right side out.
Clip your curves and corners well. Trim down all seam allowances.
Turn right side out and press. Handstitch opening closed.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!
Make sure you check out the tutorial for the pom pom zipper pulls that I attached to the case.