Sewing Instructions for Making Eyeglass Cases

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Sewing Instructions for Making Eyeglass Cases
Earth 911 reports that approximately 30.8 million people buy new eyeglasses every year. (Eye glasses. image by petrovit from

When you own multiple sets of eyeglasses, a single hard case won't cut it. A simple fabric eyeglass case can protect your glasses from scratches and make them easier to find in your purse. This quick sewing project will allow you to make multiple fabric eyeglass cases to keep your favourite eyewear protected and organised. Handmade eyeglass cases also make great gifts and can be modified to fit a variety of eye and sunglasses.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • 4-by-19-inch piece of outer and lining fabric
  • 4-by-16 1/2-inch piece of batting
  • Coordinating cotton or poly thread
  • Ruler

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  1. 1

    Place the lining fabric right-side down on your work surface

  2. 2

    Lay the batting over the lining, leaving a 1/4-inch gap at the top

  3. 3

    Place the outer fabric right-side up, making sure to line up the top edges.

  4. 4

    Pin all three layers in place with pins 2 inches apart

  5. 5

    Fold the top 1/4 inch of fabric down over the lining fabric and pin in place.

  6. 6

    Top stitch across the top of the fabric layers.

  7. 7

    Fold up right outer fabric sides 7 inches and pin in place.

  8. 8

    Top stitch around the edges that are folded together, using a 1/4-inch seam allowance.

  9. 9

    Turn the case right-side out.

  10. 10

    Fold the unfinished edges of the flap down 1/4 inch and press with an iron.

  11. 11

    Fold the top edge down another 1/4 inch and press with an iron.

  12. 12

    Top stitch around the folded flap.

Tips and warnings

  • You can add a snap, button or hook and loop to the eyeglass case to keep it closed, or you can simply tuck the flap into the case.
  • If you have oversized sunglasses, add 3 inches to the width of the fabric.
  • If you would like a quilted eyeglass case, quilt all three layers together after step five.
  • If you have thin reading glasses, you can make a smaller case by adjusting the width to 1 inch wider than the reading glasses.
  • This same pattern can be used for cell phones, scissors (modify the length) or rotary cutters.

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