Friday, August 5, 2011

Glasses Sleeve: a tutorial

Sometimes it's fun to sew on a small scale. When I first started getting into sewing I made about 100 cases for my phone. It's a fun, quick little project that you'll actually use everyday. And it's a chance to get creative with colors and stitching. Here's a little tutorial for a sunglasses/eyeglasses sleeve. It's nice to just throw them in your purse and know that they won't get scratched by your keys or something. 

Of course you could modify this tutorial to make any kind of sleeve. Laptop, phone, ipod, kindle, etc. Get creative! 


Outer Fabric
Lining Fabric
 (you could substitute 1-2 sheets of felt)


Lay your glasses down on your fabric. Cut so that there is about 1" on all sides of the glasses.

Cut the same size piece from your lining fabric.

Lay the outer fabric on an oversized piece of batting.

Now have some quilting fun!

Tip: to get parallel, straight lines I lined up the right side of my presser foot with the edge of the fabric

Now line up the foot with the stitch you just made.

Keep going and you'll have something like this:

Cut off the extra batting.

Sew as shown below:

Make sure your glasses fit nice and snug before cutting off the extra seam allowance.

Leave the outer piece inside out. Turn the lining piece right side out. 

Insert lining into the sleeve.

This part is a little tricky and difficult to photograph. You want to line up the opening of the lining fabric and the outer fabric and sew around the circumference of the sleeve.

Pull out the lining and you'll have something like this:

Use a long object to poke the outer fabric right side out through the gap in the lining.

Now just sew the gap shut and poke the lining into the sleeve.

Use an iron to help give it a nice shape and  you're done!

A sleek and chic sleeve to protect your specs from scratches and bumps. 

Hope you enjoy! Have a lovely day (:




Anonymous said...

This is a great tutorial and your straight lines are fabulous...I'm a novice sewer working on mine...they are

Traci Rose - yellowWISHBONE said...

I love the contrast of the turquoise thread against the gold fabric! It add some interest to an otherwise basic object. :)

Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims said...

So cute Katy! I need one of these, my sunglasses always get scratched up from being thrown around in my bag!

Anonymous said...

Fabulous Sleeve tutorial! It looks great!

Amy @ dwell in the season said...

So adorable! I LOVE your tutorials! :)

Anna said...

I found your blog off of a picture of your bow tie shirt on pinterest and I just love it!I'm new to sewing and you have really fun projects and your tutorials are easy to follow along.I also read your "about me" section for the Watermark tee tutorial at Ucreate and just thought I would say I'm a junior at a school in Arkansas working towards the same degree; good luck in the fall:)

Adele said...

Found you at Ucreate and fell in love with your blog. Wish I'd seen this tutorial before I ordered myself a new glasses case online!

Mallory Fielding said...

You are amazing!! I love your blog and all the creative things you do. I plan on making the Boho dress, I love it.

I just posted a link to your blog from mine

My blog is mostly focused on hair and styling, with a little bit of other inspiration sprinkled in. I would love to have it look like yours. Come check me out and let me know if you have any advice for me. My email is

Thank you so much for the awesome tutorials and work you do on your blog.

Karen said...

Great tutorial! I made one yesterday :)

Burkleigh said...

I love all of your tutorials! I love to sew also.. I sewed my own prom dress back in high school!! I also think its awesome your from keller I have family there and grew up in the TX panhandle!! Most of my family now lives in the dallas area! So cool, love your style and love that your a TX girl!! Where do you get a lot of your ideas from!?


Margie said...

I just made your sunglasses case tutorial and loved it! I've been needing thrifty gift ideas and your website has now given me a bunch of great ideas that I can do. Thank you so much! I hope you are enjoying A & M. My two best friends graduated from there - I'm from Arlington. Thanks again!

Brenda said...

I'm a novice sewer, and this is the first project I've attempted that's come out correctly - on the first try! Thank you! :)

Tiffany said...

This was my first project too! Love your site. pic of how mine turned out is here
...not NEARLY as cute as yours!

B said...

I randomly found your blog on Pinterest, and after looking through every single post in one sitting, I was inspired yesterday to find my old sewing machine and give a cleaning. I used it for the first time in about 10 years to alter an old shirt, and this glasses case will be my first little project.

Thanks for being so awesome, creative, and willing to share!

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Marvin Macdoff said...

Thank you so much, Katy for sharing this amazing tutorial of glasses sleeve. Please keep this type of interesting and helpful post with us.

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Unknown said...

Thanks for sharing this Katy! Mine turned out great. I put a snap at the opening and it added a nice finishing touch. I appreciate you sharing this.

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