Summer is just around the corner so I decided to make this padded sunglasses case to carry my sunglasses. This is a fun and functional sewing project. Any strong beginner can make this simple sunglasses case even though it has a zipper. This is a simple zipper install so don’t be intimidated by it. I have other glasses cases on the website if you are interested check out my quilted sunglasses case.
I used some fun flamingo novelty fabric for the outside of my sunglasses case that I purchased online at JOANN Fabric & Craft Stores and picked up in store. Teal chevron fabric that I also got at JOANN Fabric & Craft Stores was used for the lining. Of course you can go to your local fabric store or try out Amazon fabrics or onlineabricstore.net to get exactly what you need for your sunglasses case. This post contains affiliate links that if you click on them and make a purchase I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. As an Amazon Associate I earn fro qualifying purchases.
What you will Need: How to Make a Padded Sunglasses Case
- Pattern you can get by clicking on this link
- 1/4 yd outer and lining fabric
- 1/4 yd fusible foam
- 9″ zipper
- Sewing Machine
- Standard sewing supplies
Step 1: Cut out your Fabrics
You will see that the neither pattern piece is connected on the sides. Just draw a straight line from the top to the bottom so that there are straight lines on the sides. Then cut out the pattern pieces. Using the pattern pieces cut one outer, one lining and one foam front piece. Cut one outer, one lining and one foam back piece. In addition, cut one 2″ x 8″ rectangle from the outer, lining and foam. Finally, cut two zipper tab pieces that measure 2″ x 3″.
Step 2: Add the Zipper Tabs
Fold the tab pieces in half short sides together. Place the tab on one end of the zipper with the folded side facing toward the zipper. Topstitch along the folded side using a 1/8″ seam allowance. Cut off the end of the zipper and the tab so that the tab measures 3/4″. Note: I used a continuous zipper for this project but a standard zipper will work as well.
Take the second zipper tab and place it in the same way on the other end of the zipper so that the zipper measures 7″ from folded edge to folded edge. Topstitch the tab in the same way. Cut off the remaining zipper and make sure that the zipper tab measures 3/4″.
Step 3: Fuse the Foam
Fuse the foam pieces to all of the corresponding outer fabric pieces using a hot iron and following the manufacturer’s instructions.
Step 4: Add the Zipper
Place the front outer piece right sides up on your work surface. Lay the zipper right sides down onto the front outer piece lining up the top of the zipper with the top of the outer piece. Place the lining outer piece right sides down on the zipper matching the top raw edges. Pin or clip. Stitch the Zipper through all layers. Fold the piece open and press. Top stitch along the zipper.
Place the lining rectangle right sides up on your work surface. Lay the other side of the zipper wrong side down on top of the rectangle. Then place the outer rectangle right side down on the zipper. Stitch the zipper. Open and press. Topstitch along the zipper.
Step 5: Add the Back Piece
Place the lining back piece right sides up on your work surface. Trim off any excess. Place the front piece on top of the lining with the lining sides matching. Then, place the back outer piece right sides down on top. Pin or clip. Stitch all the way around using a 1/4″ seam allowance leaving a 3″ – 4″ opening at the top. Clip the top corners and clip around the curves.
Step 6: Turn Right Sides Out
Turn the glasses cases right sides out through the opening you left in the top of the case. Poke out the corners and press.
Step 7: Close the Opening
Close the opening using ladder stitch.
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