Upcycled Jeans pocket into a handy Sunglasses & Phone Case
The sun is shining and my shades have come out. I’m fed up of damaging my sunglasses when I’m not wearing them, so decided to design a really handy case for them made from upcycled jeans. Mind you, this is no ordinary sunglasses case. As well as looking great it sports a killer, pocket feature for items such as money and cards.
This project is easy to make and uses the often neglected part of upcycled jeans, the front pocket. When nipping out to the park or the local cafe, I just take my sunglasses in the case instead of lugging my whole handbag out with me. Theses cases also make a great handmade gift for either men or women. I do find Men really like them though, as they don’t carry round handbags.
Denim is a cool fabric to work with. In the past I have used my old jeans to upholster chairs and footstools, make patchwork cushions and quilts. The majority of my upcycled jeans projects use the legs and the back pockets, but for a change this project utilises the front pocket area.
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What you will need to make denim sunglasses case.
- Old jeans / denim shorts
- lining Fabric – You will need no more than a quarter yard. You can choose the fabric to suit the reciepient.
- Very thin wadding/batting
- Cotton Thread
- Sewing Machine with heavy duty denim needle
- Scissors or rotary cutter, pins, pen, round cup/bowl.
How to make upcycled denim sunglasses case
1. Firstly you need to cut out a 22cm square of lining fabric, wadding and jeans pocket. I make a 22cm square cardboard template and use this to cut the fabrics with a rotary cutter. When placing over the jeans make sure you get all of the front pocket whilst moving the pocket lining out the way so that it doesn’t get cut as well.
2. The next thing to do is to round off the bottom corners of all the pieces of fabric. To do this fold your fabric pieces in half, length ways. Place a bowl/cup over the bottom right corner and draw round it. Cut the fabric along your mark. Unfold the fabric pieces, you should now have 2 rounded corners on the bottom of each fabric piece.
3. Put the jeans pocket and lining fabric right sides together. Place this on top of the wadding and pin together. Leaving an edge of approximately 5mm, sew round the bottom curved edge and 2 sides of the fabric with a sewing machine. The top should be left open.
4. Trim excess fabric from the corners and turn the fabric sandwich right side out. You should have a rounded square of fabric one side denim the other patterned with a wadded filling. Now carefully turn over a 5mm edge of the lining fabric pin and sew to close the top.
5. Fold the denim pocket pad in half length ways, with the fabric lining on the inside. Pin and sew round the edge. Be careful as you will now be sewing through many layers of fabric. This can be tricky, make sure you have a heavy duty jeans needle in your sewing machine.
The top waistband of the denim jeans can be particularly tricky. When this is the case, I leave this top 1 inch open. This doesn’t affect the usefulness of the sunglasses case in fact I think it makes it more attractive as you can see more of the pretty colourful lining.
They make a great handmade gift
I made four of these upcycled jeans cases at the same time so I had some spare for gifts. If making the sunglasses case as a gift, you can make it even more personal by using the recipient’s old jeans. I love mine and use it all the time, I find the pocket bit so handy.
Here are some of my other denim upcycles you might want to look at.
Ikea Hack – Denim Chair Upcycle
Tutorial for a Great Denim Pocket Organiser
DIY Iphone Denim Pocket Pillow
Easy No Sew Denim Suitcase