Make your own leather glasses case

I used to be afraid of sewing with leather. 
Every time I read a tutorial it included instructions for using leather glue, or big metal punches that aren’t available in my local shop. Leather seemed inaccessible, expensive, and too technical for the likes of me. 
Until I gave up trying to do it the “right” way and did it MY way. 
My first sewing project with leather was a set of credit card holders that I made for Father’s Day. I needed something quick, had some leather scraps on hand, and just went for it. I didn’t use any of the “right” equipment. I didn’t even own leather sewing needles! 
There was nothing to lose so I threw caution to the wind and created a simple template, stitched them up on the sewing machine with my regular needles, and what do you know? IT WORKED! It reminded me of the lesson I’ve been learning since I first began sewing 4 years ago: knowing the rules isn’t as important as practice. Sometimes you just have to dig in there and try something new. 
You might be wondering what this has to do with making leather glasses cases? Well, the same lesson applies to these. One of my favorite things about blogging is getting the chance to tell others that it’s not as hard as it looks. You can grab a scrap piece of leather and make a few of these leather glasses cases in a half hour. I promise. It’s that’s simple. 

Here are some simple instructions for sewing your own leather glasses case:

Cut a square of leather measuring 7 inches by 7 inches. I like to use leather with a soft suede underside so that the glasses are encased in something protective.

Go to my tutorial for fabric glasses cases over at Hideous! Dreaful! Stinky! and follow my instructions, omitting the steps for adding a lining.  Literally, all you need to do is fold the piece of leather in half, round off the bottom corner, and stitch up the bottom and side edge. Leave the top open (of course) so you can slip the glasses inside. Easy peasy!

Some tips for sewing with leather on your home sewing machine:

  • Not all machines are created equal and some don’t work with leather as well as others. Have patience, go slow, and see what your machine can do. You might have to make some tweaks, but don’t give up too easily! 
  • Leather does not “heal,” which means any hole you put in the leather will stay there. Go slow so you won’t have to rip out stitches and start again. You can ruin leather by sewing over it too many times in the same place. 
  • Use a leather needle if you have one. These are thicker than universal needles and very sharp, designed to slice through the leather. If you don’t have one, don’t sweat it! I sewed these with a universal needle and didn’t have any trouble. 
  • Use a longer stitch length than if you’re sewing with quilting cotton or thinner fabrics. 
  • I don’t recommend sewing leather that is greater than 1/8″ thick on your sewing machine. This means that you can put two layers of 1/16″ thick leather under the presser foot at a time, but probably not more. 
  • Leather can sometimes (often) stick to the presser foot while you sew. Use your hands to guide the leather along at a smooth pace and go easy on the foot pedal. Go slow and watch your stitches. Believe me, these will still come together in the blink of an eye!
  • Don’t backstitch. Instead, leave a long tail of thread at the beginning and end of your stitches. Pull both the top and bottom thread to the back after you’re done stitching and tie them off. 

Where to get leather scraps: I’ve had a lot of people ask me where I get my leather scraps. There are a number of Etsy sellers who sell scraps of leather, or you can purchase pieces at your local Jo-ann’s Fabric & Crafts store. They sell pieces of leather (in bags) by the feathers and masks. You can also try swinging by a upholstery store and asking if you can have some of the leather scraps they are throwing out. I’ve had friends do this with a lot of success! 

I hope you enjoy making your own leather eye glasses case! Please let me know if you have any questions. I love to answer comments and emails!

If you’d like to show off your projects, please head over to my Facebook page and upload a picture or drop me a line. I’d love to see what you make.

Thanks for reading and have a wonderful leather-sewing day!