Handsewn Beady Eyeglass Case
Designer: Deb Gore Ohrn from Goodsmiths
Combine crafts store felt and leftover beads for a stylish eyeglass case! Since this quick project is handsewn, you can make it on the go.
- 2--8x10" pieces of contrasting colored felt (craft store poly blend or splurge on Wollfilz 100% wool)
- Embroidery thread & needle (I used DMC Cotton Perle 8 and Valdani threads)
- Assorted beads (I used African bone beads, freshwater pearl, and misc. beads)
- Scissors or rotary cutter and mat
Finished eyeglass case: 3x7-1/2" (fits most standard eye glasses/sunglasses)
Assemble the Eyeglass Case:
1. Trim both felt pieces to 6x7-1/2".
2. Lay pieces on top of each other and fold in half vertically; pin together. Cut a small curve in top right corner through both pieces of felt.
3. Cut out a fun leaf shape (or any vertical shape you’d like for the front of the case). Plan your bead layout and then sew the beads to the shape with embroidery thread. For bigger beads, stitch through them three times to secure.
4. Using a simple whip stitch, hand sew the leaf to the front of the case.
5. Fold case in half with long sides together; pin open sides together. Use a simple blanket stitch to sew the bottom and side (four pieces of felt) completely shut. Once you get to the curve in the side, use a blanket stitch to sew the top two pieces of felt together and then the bottom two pieces of felt together.
Bonus project: You can make a narrower case for readers by cutting the pieces of felt 5x7-1/2”. The finished size will be 2-1/2x7-1/2”.
About the designer:
Deb Gore Ohrn is the Creative Marketing Advisor at Goodsmiths. As the Creative Marketing Advisor, Deb's mission is to grow Goodsmiths into the most accessible and easy-to-use shopping experience for sellers and buyers. She has over 18 years of experience managing creative and marketing teams. Prior to joining Goodsmiths, Deb worked with top quilting and crafting brands at the Better Homes and Gardens Crafts Group. These days she’s obsessed with modern quilt projects and is currently designing and finishing a mini hexie quilt with 1200 pieces.