DIY Leather Glasses Case

DIY Leather Glasses Case

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 Eyeglass Case - Whimseybox DIY

Supplies

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Instructions

Begin by spreading a nice even but thin layer of leather glue on your suede using the foam brush. You want to completely cover the suede but avoid thick patches that might soak through the felt.
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Place the felt on top of the glue and press.
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When the glue has dried (it won’t take long), cut out your pattern and trace it onto the felt. Then cut the shape out of the felt/leather piece.
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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.
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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.

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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!
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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.
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Cut off about 6 yards of embroidery floss and place the needle in the center. This will double the floss so that the stitches are stronger and thicker.
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Start at curved end and thread the floss from the inside to the outside of the case. We tied a knot to secure it.
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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.
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I use my thumb to hold the stitch as I go like this.

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After each stitch I pull the thread tight and make sure it’s right in the center.
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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.
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That’s it! Or if you’re addicted, make a couple more and share them with your friends. They’ll thank you!

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(By the way, can you see Alyssa reflected in the glasses ?)

Alicia DiRago is the founder and CEO of Whimseybox. She has led DIY events across the country and been featured in the Wall Street Journal. Alicia is a lifelong crafter and former chemical engineer obsessed with making everything from bracelets to (homebrewed) beer! You can find her personal DIY, fashion and design blog at dismountcreative.com.

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