Okay, seriously, what’s summer without a new pair of sunglasses?! Whether they’re sunnies or shades at your house the really, really cool ones are pricey and you need to protect them. I was shocked when I looked at Sunglass Cases recently. Cases were either tremendously basic and unattractive, super-simple and just not worth it or ExPen$iVe. But, we sew, right? We’ve got the power! So, rather than pay $7.00 for a silly little plain color drawstring bag (really?) or a lot more for something cute, we can make our own Custom Sunglass Case!
Even a simple case can be customized with colors, prints and embellishments. The quick-to-make case designed by Jill of the Create, Craft, Love blog will be quick to make and very fun to personalize! She included a short loop on the side of the case that could be securely hooked inside your purse to prevent your sunglasses from wandering away on their own.
The protective nature of this Custom Sunglass Case is provided by fusible fleece. Jill recommends a lightweight fleece, but, if you’re making this for someone who is hard on their sunnies, you may want extra padding. If so, double up your fusible fleece and make your case a little larger to accommodate the extra bulk.
You’ll also need two pieces of coordinating fabrics, thread and something decorative to embellish your case. Jill used an elegant brooch – an applique or small silk flower would be lovely, too. Click here for the Stitched Sunglass Case tutorial.
If you have more time to spend, lots of scraps or need a reason to shop for fat quarters, you’ll want to make the Custom Sunglass Case designed by Heather of The Sewing Loft blog. This is a charming case that combines a little piecing and quilting with a simple design that includes a zipper. The zip makes this a very secure case with no chance of your super-cool shades slipping out unnoticed!
The case Heather shows uses a Crazy Square Block that is linked in the tutorial. You can use any 12” quilted square along with a 12” zipper and seam binding. Since it’s a “funky” Custom Sunglass Case, you may want to add a decorative zipper to extend the funk. I’m totally in love with the delightful zips that Coats and Clark make, click here to see! Heather’s tutorial is very nicely illustrated and I love the decorative machine quilting she shows. Coats has a great selection of colors in their machine quilting thread and this would be a perfect time to use it! You could make your own seam binding or purchase a package that coordinates with your quilted block. Click here for the tutorial.
Well that was easy, entertaining and thrifty, wasn’t it? Have fun with this. Make a Custom Sunglass Case for all your loved ones, then stitch up a few more to leave behind as hostess gifts while you’re traveling this Summer. Simple, quick and well-appreciated, you’ll have a terrific time making a safe home for your (or a friend’s) favorite sunny shades!
About the Author
Annette Millard began sewing at the age of three, made her first dress at ten and is always happiest with needle, fabric and thread in her hands. Annette feels very privileged to have spent most of her work life in the sewing industry and loves teaching, making her own handmade wardrobe and writing about sewing. She spent over ten years as the newsletter and web site content writer for the Pacific Northwest's largest locally-owned family of fabric stores and is now thrilled to have the opportunity to share her passion for sewing with the Sewing Secrets community. Follow Annette and more of her sewing adventures on her own blog, www.sewfullife.com.