Making your own belt eyeglass case provides an inexpensive way to keep your glasses close at hand, and you can create it to match any outfit. This lightly padded homemade case also forms a cushion around the glasses, protecting the lenses and frames from light impact. If you're making a case for glasses larger or smaller than standard size, or if the finished case is for a belt wider than 2 inches, adjust the measurements and cut the fabric to the adapted sizes.
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Things you need
- 1 rectangle quilted fabric, 6 inches by 5 inches
- Heavy duty sewing machine capable of both straight and decorative finishing stitches
- Denim or leather sewing machine needle
- Serger (optional)
- Ruler or measuring tape
- 1 strip nylon strap or strap made from matching fabric, 1 inch wide by 6 inches long
- Straight pins
- 1 hook and loop closure, 1/2 inch square
Set the sewing machine to a decorative finishing stitch. Sew all the way around the outside edge of the quilted fabric rectangle. If you are making the strap from fabric, sew all the way around the strap with the finishing stitch. You can also use a serger for this step.
Lay the fabric rectangle right side up with one 6-inch edge at the top. Measure in 1 inch from the upper right vertical edge of the fabric and mark with a pin.
Fold the strap in half lengthwise. If you are attaching a fabric strap instead of a nylon strap, make sure the fabric is folded right side out. Position the strap ends on the right side of the fabric rectangle 1 inch below the top, with the right edges of the folded strap aligned to the 1-inch pin mark. When the strap is in position, fasten the strap to the case with a pin, leaving space open at the bottom of the strap for stitching.
Set the sewing machine to a straight stitch. Attach the strap to the quilted fabric by sewing a box shape 1/16 inch from the strap edges and 1/8 inch from the strap bottom. Remove the pins. The strap is attached to what will be the back of the case top when the rectangle is folded and sewn.This causes the case to hang vertically when a belt is passed through the strap loop.
Insert the denim needle in the sewing machine if it is not already installed. The denim needle is necessary because light needles bend and break when sewing through thick layers of fabric. Place the hook part of the closure in the centre of the stitched box on the wrong side of the fabric (the strap is on the right side of the fabric) and sew diagonally across the closure. Turn and sew straight across to the other corner, then stitch diagonally across the hook piece to form an "x" that holds the hook closure in place.
Fold the fabric rectangle in half with the wrong sides together so the strap loop protrudes above the 3-inch top edge of the case. Position the loop closure inside the case opposite the hook closure so the two pieces line up. Hold the loop closure in place as you open the fabric flat. Sew the loop closure diagonally as well as horizontally across the top and bottom edges of the piece to secure it to the wrong side of the fabric.
Fold the fabric rectangle in half lengthwise with wrong sides together and the strap loop protruding above the top edge. Line up the finished edges of the rectangle. Set the sewing machine to a finishing stitch, or use a serger, and sew the open 5-inch side and 3-inch bottom of the case closed, beginning at the upper corner and going down the side and across the bottom to the folded side. Do not sew the top edges with the strap and the hook and loop closure pieces.
Tips and warnings
- If you will be wearing the case in high activity situations where the glasses are likely to get jostled, use a longer piece of hook and loop closure to close the entire length of the top edge.
- The double layer of finishing stitches reduces the risk of the fabric fraying and creates a decorative finish for the eyeglass case.
- If you are using a serger, also known as an overlock machine, do not sew more than 1/4 inch from the edge of the fabric so the cutters do not remove too much fabric from your case.
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