Sunday, April 17, 2011

Craft: Potholder Eyeglass Case

I was surfing the web a couple weeks back when I discovered this cute Girl's Emergency Clutch tutorial on Tidy Mom by eighteen25. The emergency clutch was made out of a potholder which put my creative gears in motion. I started envisioning other things that could be made with potholders.

After a little brainstorming, I thought up the idea of an eyeglass case. Oh, I thought I was so clever, it was a great idea. . . then I did a Google search. Turns out my idea has been done a thousand times and then some. Don't you just hate when that happens?

Well, I decided to do a tutorial anyways because it just so happened I was in need of a sunglass case. Maybe you need a new case too or just want to make something. Here goes.

One basic pot holder
Embroidery thread
Hand sewing needle
Embellishments - contrasting fabric, no sew adhesive, paint, buttons, etc (all optional)

Start with a basic potholder like the one above. You don't need one with a pocket.

Embellish. I made some fabric appliques to add to the potholder. I just used a no sew adhesive to add the fabric houses. You could also do freezer paper stencils or embroider a monogram on the top. This is where you can really tailor the project to your own style.

Fold potholder in half and match up edges. Sew both sides together with a running stitch (refer to yellow lines). I used embroidery floss to sew up the case because the fabric is so thick. Knot ends, trim, and you're done.


KJ@letsgoflyakite said...

Wow! that is adorable, I really love your choice of appliques. I wear eyeglasses, but always misplace my case, so this would be perfect. You have got my creative energies going!

ane pixestos said...
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ane pixestos said...

I am so glad that you posted this - I can't wait to try it.
For some time I have been considering getting the Jonathan Adler Sunglass case, but now I am pretty sure I could make something similar thanks to your tutorial! Thank you :)

zakkalife said...


That's so funny that you mentioned the Jonathan Adler Sunglass case because I was thinking about that too when I did this project. I almost embroidered a pair of sunglasses on the case but opted for using the houses instead.

Deanna said...

Oooh I need one of these! Will be making some for sure! :)

Yolanda Jade said...

LOLLOLLOL I have the exact same potholder, but mine's dirty from its original intended purpose. Got mine from Daiso.

zakkalife said...


I purchased my potholder at Daiso too. It was the only place I could find a potholder that I liked. Plus, you can't go wrong with it only costing $1.50.

jo_annie said...

GENIUS! Super cute project... thanks for sharing.

singlemama said...

Wow! That's brilliant! :-)

Marie {Make and Takes} said...

What?!! So easy. I love that. I'm going to be on the look out for hip looking pot holders!

Yarni Gras! said...

terrific idea!

Carrie Me! said...

Love this!! I bought potholders to make the emergency kits...but guess what? I'm making eyeglass cases instead! :)

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