DIY Leather Sunglasses Case

Friday, May 1, 2015
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I have a serious weakness for sunglasses. As a result, I have quite the collection piled into a drawer of my nightstand. While I have a variety of colors and shapes, most are oversized because they work best on my big ol' face. I've found that a lot of sunglasses cases are a bit too small for these frames and I can't stand a big, bulky hard case taking up room in my purse anyway. I usually just end up throwing them in my bag and then they end up all scratched up. While most of my shades are inexpensive, I still hate it when a pair gets ruined.

I decided to solve the problem by crafting my own sleeve-type holders. I made these cases from a leather jacket I found at a thrift store for $3 but you can substitute any non-fraying material like felt or vinyl. This project is really quick and aside from around the edge, no sewing is required. Though adding a decorative design is totally optional, I think it's well-worth the time. In this post, I'll show you a super speedy way to embellish your case.

DIY Leather Sunglasses Case

For this tutorial you will need:
Sunglasses Case Template
Fabric shears
One piece of leather, felt, or vinyl, at least 6 3/4" wide x 7 1/4" tall
One piece of self-adhesive felt (I used Presto Felt)
Embroidery floss
Embroidery or tapestry needle
Leather punch (optional if using felt or vinyl)
Straight pin or push pin

For the optional design:
Washi tape
Waxed paper
Spray paint (I used Krylon Metallic Spray Paint in Gold)

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1. Print out the template and use scissors to cut it out.

2. Lay it on your leather or whatever you are using and use a pencil to trace all the way around. As you can see, I couldn't find a solid patch of leather on this jacket large enough so I lined up the center of my template (the fold) along the seam.

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3. Use fabric shears to cut the shape out.

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4. Trim the corners off the seam allowance along the bottom (rounded side.)

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5. Use the template to cut out a second piece from your self-adhesive felt. Trim this piece so that it's a bit smaller than your leather piece.

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6. Peel the backing off the felt and stick it on to the wrong side of your leather piece.

Optional:  Add your design, if desired, as shown in steps 7-9 below.

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7. Flip it over so the leather side is up. Apply washi tape in any pattern you like. I did alternating strips of tape at an angle.

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8. Cover any material you don't want painted with waxed paper and more tape. Then take it outside and hit it with a couple coats of spray paint.

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9. When it's dry, peel off the tape. Viola!

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10. Place the template back on top and use a pin to poke holes in the template at the dots.

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11. Use a pencil to mark the dots onto the leather if the pin pricks aren't noticeable enough. I know this is a sharpie in the picture but a pencil works better.

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12. Use your leather hole punch to (you guessed it...) punch holes. You can skip this step if you are using felt or thin vinyl.

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13. Cut a 3-yard piece of embroidery floss and thread it onto your tapestry needle. Knot the ends together. Now, let's blanket stitch this baby...

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14. Take your needle through one of the bottom center holes so that the ends are on the inside.

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15. Fold your piece in half so that the holes line up and now bring the needle through both bottom center holes and pull that stitch tight.

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16. For the first hole ONLY, you will push the needle through the same holes again. This time don't pull it tight.

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16. Instead of pulling the thread all the way, leave a little loop. The needle will go through that loop as shown. Then pull it taut.

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17. Stick your needle through the next set of holes.

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18. Again, leave an opening at the end, pull the needle through the loop and then pull to tighten.

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19. Repeat all the way along the entire edge.

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20. To finish, push the needle through just one of the last holes again so the needle comes out through the center. sunglasses_holder (35 of 41)

21. Push it down through the next stitch and then tie off.

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Done! Now make more...

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And don't forget to try it with felt and/or craft vinyl...

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