I Can See Clearly: Stylish Sunglass Case

Summer’s here… the sun is shining  – which means you have an excuse to update your shades. I have another reason why I want to update my sunglasses this year- one that I am pretty excited about.


I got reader contacts 2 weeks ago and no longer need my cheap-o bought at a flea market reader sunglasses.  I don’t even need to wear my progressive prescription eyeglasses anymore since I now have Multi-focal contacts.


If you like my phone cover, you can make your own with this tutorial!

When I was in my late 40’s, reading small print became a problem. I did not need glasses to see around me – only to read.  I used to buy them at the dollar store. If you have worn readers you know what a hassle they are to wear – always having to look over them to see when not reading and no way was I going to wear them chained around my neck!

I did eventually get progressive readers (photo above) that had the reader prescription in bottom half of the lens and clear glass on the top.  I have been wearing these for about 2 years, but didn’t like the dents they left on the bridge of my nose.  They never go away.  I bought a few different styles of eyeglasses to try to see if one would alleviate the problem, but the darn dents always were present no matter what style frame I wore.  I dearly wanted contacts.

I am kind-of…well not kind-of, but VERY squeamish about eyes. I would rather go to the dentist than the eye doctor.  I didn’t think I would be able to get contacts in my eyes and then out again. I have watched my sisters and daughters put them in and out for years, but it gave me shivers to think about putting them in my own eyes.  About a month ago when the bridge of my nose bled, I knew I had to get tough and go for the contacts.

The first few days were challenging getting them in – it took 15 minutes or longer for each eye, but everyone told me it would get easier and it has.  I can get them in on the first try now.   I still am getting the prescription tweaked so I can see clearly far and near, but I am happy to not have to wear glasses all day long anymore.

To celebrate my victory of getting over my fear of wearing contacts, I bought a new pair of plain ol’ sunglasses to wear when I have the contacts in.  I want to keep them safe from scratches when they are not being worn and made a pretty case for them.

I could have bought a case, but I could not find one in a style I liked or that did not have an outrageous price tag.  Since everything I used to make my new sunglass case was scraps from other projects, the case was basically a freebie – a little DIY perk you get when you save scraps from larger projects. Even the Velcro I used so the case stays closed and the glasses won’t slip out in my purse, is a leftover scrap.


I used two different types of fabric  – the black dot fabric may look familiar to you since I used it in my powder room makeover.  The lining fabric is from another project that I have not posted about yet.  I chose to use a soft fabric for the lining and the vinyl for the outside so it will be easy to clean when it gets dirty in my tote or purse.

How To Make a Closeable Eyeglass or Sunglass Case

supplies needed:

  • 2 squares of fabric – 7 -1/2  x  7-1/2″  If your glasses are large – make the square a bit bigger.
  • 1 square padded adhesive backed interfacing cut to the same  7 – 1/2″ size
  • Velcro  –  Cut 2:  – 2-1/2″ long pieces.  I used sticky back, but sewed it on
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine and thread to match fabric


1.  Cut the fabric and batting into squares.


2. Lay lining fabric right side up. Remove the adhesive strips on  Velcro and place it with both hook and loop sides attached –  1/2″  down from top and side edge of fabric.

3. Fold the fabric over so sides evenly match up.  Press where the Velcro strip is and then carefully pull the fabric open again.

4.  This will place the other side of the Velcro exactly where you need it so the two sides match up when the case is completed.


Sew Velcro to lining fabric with sewing machine. Even though it is sticky back Velcro, it won’t stay on the fabric for the long run without sewing.


5. Press the padded adhesive backed interfacing onto the back of the lining fabric.

6. Place the lining and outside fabric pattern side in on top of each other.

7. Stitch along the top edge.  I used 1/4″ for all seams.


8.  Open up the fabric and then fold it over lengthwise pattern side in.

9. Stitch a seam along the open long edge and the outside fabric end.

10. Turn the tube so the pattern sides of the fabrics are face out and then stitch the lining end closed.

11. Push the lining into the outside fabric to create the case. It may be bulky to get the lining inside to lay flat. I gently pushed a ruler around inside the case to get it straight.


Now I can carry and keep my new shades safe in my tote and purse this summer.  I am hoping it is a beautiful and sunny one.



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  1. Donna Isenberger says:

    Hello, Diane: I find your eyeglass cases really cute; I do a ministry for our missionary to Africa where I collect used reading glasses from people. Most of them do not have cases, or are the hard cases which take up more room and are heavier. Would you consider making a donation to my ministry, or would you be willing to quote me a good price on say at least 100 pieces? Thank you. In His name…

  2. Thanks so much for the pattern. I am a beginner in sewing and this pattern was one I can do, no problem. I plan on making quite a few as gifts for family and friends, so far I’ve made three. I will make them with different fabrics I have in my stash. They are cute. I am a newly retired nurse and sewing has become fun to me. Thanks so……….. much!!!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Liz – Thanks for the nice note. The eyeglass cases do make great gifts for just about anyone male or female depending on the fabric you use. Once you make one, it becomes even easier since you know the steps. I am sure your friends and family will all love receiving them. It sounds like you are getting off to a good start to a happy retirement. XO

  3. Ha…ha…I can relate to this Diane! I’m at that age also except for the fact that I am so near sighted I’m blind as a bat. I got my first pair of glasses in the 4th grade and my first pair of HARD contacts at age 15. I did NOT care if they felt like rocks in my eyes…I was going to wear those contacts!!!

    Now I wear daily disposable contacts but I still have to wear readers over my contacts in order to read or use the computer. Such is life but at least I can see!

  4. Lovely. I must admit confusion. How in the world do your glasses make your nose bleed?

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Kat – Sorry if I confused you. Not a nose bleed, but the skin on the bridge of my nose where the glasses sit has bled slightly if I wear the glasses for a long period of time.

  5. Sheryll & Critters. says:

    Oh I am so (jumping up and down) happy that you got contacts that work and that you like AND that you can now be comfortable and happy with. Sure is a lot of “and’s” in that sentence. I loved the old hard contacts, but the last soft ones I tried were just too big for my squinty, little, narrow eyes. Now waiting for them to custom size them just for gals like me.

    Again I am thrilled for you to get the contacts.

    And your case is so gorgeous. I still remember all the cute phone covers you made. Gosh I think I am losing ground on my ‘desperately want to do list’ now. And almost all, like 99.8 % are from all your clever how to do’s and ideas. Thank you ever so much.

  6. Mickey Goddard says:

    I love the eyeglass case. I have a pair of sunglasses that are bulky, so I think I would have to adjust the pattern to fit them. However, I REALLY need to make this, as I will not be able to find ready made ones.

  7. Cute! Basically like sewing a lined pillow case ;-)

  8. Miriam Schulman ( SchulmanArt) says:

    you look really cute in those glasses.
    I am 45 so i am sure reading glasses are right around the corner for me.
    I like the way your emailed version of your blog forced me to click “read more” and directed me to the blog itself…. I decided to go with feedblitz ( when I switched from feedburner) so I will have to figure out how to do that.
    best, Miriam