We’ve had some sunny days here in Portland lately, which means it’s time to bring out our sunglasses and enjoy the warmer weather. For our tropical craft collection this month, Meagan designed a new leather sunglass case featuring palm trees, beach umbrellas, and ocean waves.

To help you make your own version, we have included our template for this case and a photo tutorial for you to follow in our downloads at the end of the post. You can find these pretty tropical details in our SVG file below. Once you have cut your leather piece, you can iron these details on and then whip stitch your leather sunglass case together.

Girls Just Wanna Have Sun

To craft our leather sunglass case, we used Cricut’s soft metallic leather and made one in gold and the other in rose gold. We then chose complementary metallic colors for the heat transfer vinyl. If the color feels too light for you, you could also make this sunglass case in a classic brown leather.

Ready to get started?  This project falls somewhere between a beginner and an intermediate level since leather is a little tougher to sew through. Also, the iron-on decal is very intricate, making it a bit harder to weed out and line up on the case. Of course, you can always leave the tropical designs off, but we think they’re so fun for spring and summer. Plus these details are a great way to add a little style and personality to your handmade accessories.

The only sewing technique you need to know for this project is how to whip stitch, which you can learn how to do using our embroidery guide. If you want a no-sew option, make sure to check out our DIY sunglasses case instead. Whatever style you choose, both options are a fun summer project and they make great gifts!

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How to Make a Leather Sunglass Case

  1. Gather your craft tools and materials. Then download the template below.
  2. Cut leather according to the template using scissors or a cutting machine; use a weeding tool to better push through the holes for sewing.
  3. Cut iron-on design using a cutting machine, then weed out the design.
  4. Line up iron-on design with your cut leather piece.

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Photo tutorial for leather sunglass case by Lia Griffith

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