It’s sunglasses season once again! (Well, almost. Unfortunately it’s more like umbrella season around here this week…) I picked up a new pair of shades just this week, because my last pair is scratched beyond repair. This time I’m determined to make them last all season, even if they are just a $12 Target purchase. (Love their affordable sunglasses!)
- Leather- we used some soft suede, but pick your favorite color or style
- Felt – ours is acrylic, but wool felt would be even nicer
- Leather Glue (sometimes called Leather Cement)
- Embroidery Floss
- Foam Brush
- Scissors – check out our Craft Blogger Scissor Set
- Leather Rotary Punch – ours is from our Leather Tools Kit
- Flush Cutter – ours is from our Jewelry Tools Kit
- Eyeglass Case Pattern – you can download and print it here
This step is optional, but if you’d like you can decorate the outside of your case with a pattern. We used an X-acto knife to cut a simple triangle shape out of a piece of blue painter’s tape and used it to stencil a quick pattern.
Pretty cute, right? You can be on the lookout for more stenciled triangle patterns to pop up around here because we had fun with this one.
Now, use the leather punch to punch your holes. You can lightly mark their location on one side of the leather by pressing a pen through the paper on the dots to create a mark. Hold the glasses case folded in half as shown so that you are punching through two layers of leather and two layers of felt each time. Squeeze hard!
To sew the two sides together, we used a blanket stitch. But because we didn’t have a large enough needle laying around, we used a simple trick to create one by snipping off 4-5″ of wire and folding it in half.
Now, begin your blanket stitch. If you’ve never tried blanket stitch, don’t be afraid to try. It’s super easy to learn! This tutorial has some great pictures.
I use my thumb to hold the stitch as I go like this.
When you get to the top, tie a double knot to secure. Then snip off the excess thread leaving a small tail and use your ‘needle’ to thread the tail back inside the case where you can’t see it.
That’s it! Or if you’re addicted, make a couple more and share them with your friends. They’ll thank you!
(By the way, can you see Alyssa reflected in the glasses ?)