When I was creating this eye glass case tutorial, “The better to see you with, my dear!” is what was running through my head the entire time ! You’ll make tons of these in no time and it will soon be your go-to gift for all of the near and far-sighted folks in your life! Plus, the beauty is that you can use those favorite tiny scraps you’ve been hoarding! I was able to use my un-sewn mask panels that I cut last year during the height of the pandemic!
NOTE that if you have bigger glasses, you will need a bigger template! Make a sample eye glass case first if you are not sure. I used a simple case from my eye doctor as a sample to measure against.
Supplies for Your Eye Glass Case
- Scrap of fabric for the outside at least 8″x8″ (I used quilting cotton)
- Scrap of fabric for the lining at least 8″x8″ (I used flannel for softness, but you can also use quilting cotton)
- Flex Foam scrap that’s at least 8″x8″ (You can use the single sided or double sided fusible)
- 1 piece of printer paper or freezer paper to make a template
- Regular sewing supplies (coordinating thread, scissors, etc.)
I used a piece of printer paper to make template that was 7″x7″. Next, I cut my inner and lining fabrics plus the Flex Foam to the size of the template. Now adhere the Flex Foam to the wrong side of the lining fabric following the manufacturer’s instructions. This will now just be referred to as the lining.
I wanted the top of my case to be rounded a little on one side. To do this, lay the lining right side (fabric side) up and then place the outer fabric right side down on top of it. Next, use a bowl or cup to trace the rounded edge with a fabric pen. Trim along the curved line.
It’s Sew Time Your Eye Glass Case!
With your pieces right sides together as in the last step, pin around all edges, leaving a 2″-3″ no-sew zone on one of the side or bottom edges. Sew around the perimeter, backstitching when you start and stop. Remember, do not sew in the no-sew zone!!
Clip your corners and clip the curve if you curved the top edge. Take care and snip close to the stitching but not through it!
Next, turn the case right side out. Using a chop stick or blunt object, poke out the corners. Press well. If you used double sided fusible Flex Foam, this is when the foam will adhere to the outer fabric.
Now it’s time to close the no-sew zone hole. There are a few ways to do this. My favorite way is by using Steam-A-Seam Iron Tape. This is a permanent adhesive and comes in either 1/4″ or 1/2″ widths. Simply measure the opening and tear a piece of Steam-a-Seam tape to match the width. Remove the paper backing and place the strip of tape inside the opening, making sure that the raw fabric edges are tucked in well. Use your iron and steam it shut! You can also hand sew the opening closed using a ladder stitch.
The End is In Sight!
SEE what EYE did there?? I’m cracking myself up! Anyway…FOCUS!
Fold the case in half with the lining sides together. Pin around the side and bottom edges and stitch 1/8″ away from the edge. Remember to backstitch when you start and stop; this is especially important at the top edge near the opening where your glasses will slide in. That’s a stress point so be sure to reinforce it!
THE EYES HAVE IT! You’re done!