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
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 or tapestry needle
Leather punch (optional if using felt or vinyl)
Straight pin or push pin
For the optional design:
Spray paint (I used Krylon Metallic Spray Paint in Gold)
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.
3. Use fabric shears to cut the shape out.
4. Trim the corners off the seam allowance along the bottom (rounded side.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
9. When it's dry, peel off the tape. Viola!
10. Place the template back on top and use a pin to poke holes in the template at the dots.
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.
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.
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...
14. Take your needle through one of the bottom center holes so that the ends are on the inside.
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.
16. For the first hole ONLY, you will push the needle through the same holes again. This time don't pull it tight.
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.
17. Stick your needle through the next set of holes.
18. Again, leave an opening at the end, pull the needle through the loop and then pull to tighten.
19. Repeat all the way along the entire edge.
20. To finish, push the needle through just one of the last holes again so the needle comes out through the center.
21. Push it down through the next stitch and then tie off.
Done! Now make more...
And don't forget to try it with felt and/or craft vinyl...