Sunglasses case with the HD9

Summer is here and the time for sunglasses is now! A few years ago I discovered the joy of prescription sunglasses (30 years of wearing glasses and unable to wear contacts meant I couldn’t just get ANY pair of sunglasses) and I knew I needed to find a great, stylish glasses case to carry them around.

Last summer I found the perfect one – The Spencer Ogg Groovy Glasses Case – and best part, it’s FREE! I made a few adjustments to the original pattern, but definitely not many! The biggest one is I increased the size as I love me some oversized glasses and the original just didn’t comfortably fit my rather large glasses. The second was I used a snap instead of a magnetic snap, it was just a personal preference, and you could use whatever you have on hand.

So now is time to grab your pattern (print at actual size for original or 120% for a slightly larger case), pick out your prints, grab your interfacing, and get ready to sew! This glasses case sews up in about 30 minutes start to finish and makes a perfect last minute gift!

Grabbed some fabric and my pattern printed at 120%
Added SF101 to both pieces, then fusible fleece to the lining
I add a few extra pieces of SF101 to where I add my snap just to reinforce the area

I pulled my fabric, cut and added interfacing to all the pieces. I like to add a few extra squares of SF101 (medium weight woven fusible interfacing) to where I add my snap, it just gives it a little bit of extra reinforcement. Once both pieces are cut and interfaced, I add the snap, then place them right sides together and sew all around leaving a turning hole along the long straight edge.

Add in the male part of the snap to the bottom edge of your exterior fabric
Place your pieces right sides together
Starting at the long, straight edge beginning sewing around the case, leaving a turning hole

Once you have your two pieces sewn together, trim the excess fabric, square your two corners and turn right side out. I like to use a chopstick to get the edges nice and crisp. Press your case being careful to avoid pressing over the male snap piece. Fold your turning edge in and press well. Sew across the long, straight edge closing up your turning hole.

Trim your edges and square off your corners
Turn right-side out, press! Turn your turning hole in
Sew across the long straight edge, closing your turning hole

Fold up the long straight edge a few inches, this will create the pocket for your glasses. I like to put my glasses in and test it to make sure it will fit. You can adjust the depth by making the pouch shorter or longer. Once you are happy with the size, clip your edges and starting at the bottom sew up and around the curved edge then back around the other side. This will close up your pocket. The Janome HD9  sews through all the layers like butter. You can do this project with leather, cork, or vinyl exterior and the Janome HD9 glides right through no problem.

Fold the bottom straight edge up a few inches and clip the sides together. You can adjust the depth of your pouch here – I like to add my glasses to make sure it is deep enough
Starting at the bottom, sew up and around the glasses case, securing the sides together.
The Janome HD9 goes through the side layers like butter!

Once that is done, all that is left is to install the female part of your snap. Fold your top curved edge down and mark where you want it to go. You can put your glasses in it again to check (it’s what I do!). Once that is done, you can sit back and admire your pretty new sunglasses case – and maybe make a few more for friends!

Sit back and admire your pretty new sunglasses (or glasses!) case

The Janome HD9 is a powerhouse machine and is fantastic for going through multiple layers with ease, but it just as easily goes through a few layers with perfect, straight stitches, making this machine incredibley versatile and handy for bag makers, quilters, and anyone who is looking for a perfect straight stitch!

All that’s left is to add the female part of your snap. Fold your top curved edge down and mark where you want it to go and install.
Sit back and admire your pretty new sunglasses (or glasses!) case

The Janome HD9 is a powerhouse machine and is fantastic for going through multiple layers with ease, but it just as easily goes through a few layers with perfect, straight stitches, making this machine incredibley versatile and handy for bag makers, quilters, and anyone who is looking for a perfect straight stitch!

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