In addition to my sweet tooth, outdoorsiness, and love of reading, I inherited high-maintenance eyeballs from my family. In an effort to protect our vision, we are strict about wearing sunglasses outside, even for the kids. Many of my mornings start with eye drops after not getting enough sleep – and I always have them in my backpack for when we go hiking! In an effort to keep my sunglasses and eye drops near, I sewed a sunglasses case with a secret pocket! I am planning on making a matching set with my tutorial for how to make a bandana.
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The sunglasses case secures with Velcro – I always want to be able to open and shut things with one hand since I’m typically chasing at least one of my children as we get out of the car and on our way down the trail.
The pocket is pretty roomy; you can slide eye drops, change, chapstick, even a set of keys in there if you’d like.
The pocket is towards the bottom of the case, which keeps my kids from digging around and stealing anything from me!
I snapped a quick picture on our last family hike; we always make sure to have snacks, a change of clothes, water bottles, band-aids, and eye gear! My son now calls eye drops “eyeball medicine” – every time he gets sand or dirt in his eyes he runs over asking for it.
Ready to make your own sunglasses case?
- 1/2 yard woven quilter’s cotton – I used “pineapples in pink” in the Bay Breeze collection by Jack and Lulu for Dear Stella
- 1/2 yard fusible fleece*
- 12 inches Velcro
- Pins or clips – I use a mix of Wonder Clips* and cheapie hair clips*, they both work well!
Cut (4) 4.5″ X 8″ rectangles – 2 of fusible fleece, 2 of woven cotton. Cut (4) 4″ X 8″ rectangles – 2 of fusible fleece, 2 of woven cotton – this will be the lining. Cut (1) rectangle 4.5″ X 5″. Fuse each fleece piece to the woven cotton.
Step 1 – Press one short side of each rectangle down 1/4″. I like pinned the edges down while they cool.
Step 2- Unfold the small rectangle and sew a thin, 3″ long strip of Velcro along the edge, centered. Fold it back down and top stitch.
Step 3- Lay the small rectangle on top of one of the thinner (4″ X 8″) rectangles, wrong side against right side. Mark where the corresponding Velcro strip needs to go, pin it, and sew it on (roughly 4″ up from the bottom edge). Baste along the small rectangle’s sides, securing it to the larger rectangle.
Step 4- Cut another 3″ long strip of Velcro and sew it on to the rectangle you just added the pocket too, and then another strip on the other thinner (4″ X 8″) rectangle, roughly 1.5″ down from the pressed crease.
Step 5- Put both long rectangles right sides together and sew along the side and bottom with 1/4″ seam allowance, making sure to straighten the pre-creased top out. Repeat for the second set of un-Velcroed long rectangles.
Step 6- Turn each long rectangle set right sides out, gently pushing the corners out pointy. Fold the top crease back down, and press well, for both rectangles. Tuck the thinner rectangle sleeve inside the larger one, pushing the corners down and smoothing it all out. Clip the two top layers together. The outer sleeve is wider and won’t match up perfectly, but the bulk of the fleece will ease into the larger circle.
Step 7 – Gently stretch the smaller sleeve out to match with the larger/outer sleeve and top stitch, catching all 4 layers of fabric. Press the entire thing, and you’re done!