Make a Sunglasses Pouch with Faux Leather
Winter or summer, I rarely leave the house without my sunglasses on. Unfortunately, those bulky cases that most prescription eyewear comes with rarely fit in my smaller summer purses. Because of this, I tend to misplace them quite frequently, leaving my glasses vulnerable to scratches and damage. I decided to take matters into my own hands and designed my own pouch – one that fits perfectly in almost any purse! This no-sew project can be whipped up fairly quickly and easily, it’s lightweight and protective…and oh so pretty!
- Cricut faux leather (or other)
- E6000 adhesive glue
- Snap button closure
- Embellishments (rhinestones, gems, HTV – optional)
- Cricut scoring wheel (or stylus)
- Cricut cutting machine (or other)
- Standard grip mat
How to Make Your New Sunglasses Pouch
Cricut Design Space: Creating the Pouch
As I mentioned, I designed this cut from start to finish directly within Design Space, and because I am not a professional graphic designer, I wanted to keep this simple. To begin, open up Design Space, start a new project, and then insert a square shape from the Shapes Library.
You are more than welcome to change the sizing of the pouch as we go along, however, I wanted to make one pouch that would allow me to interchange between my regular glasses and sunglasses – so my version is a little roomier. To create the exact sizing that I designed, unlock the square and change the size dimensions to 6.5” x 7.5”.
Now insert another square and change the dimensions to 3.25” x 2.5”, then line it up at the top left side.
To create the scalloped edge, open the Images Library and search for the scallop image #M36225, then insert. Change the width to 3.25” and then align it to the top of the second square.
- 👉 Design Tip: If you feel that your Cricut will struggle with cutting the tiny decorative holes on the scalloped edge, you can increase the size by inserting a circle shape, reducing it to your desired size, place it on the center of the current hole – then slice!
At this point, if you feel that your pouch is too long, simply select and unlock the first square and change only the height. Don’t forget to lock it back up!
If you like, you can add a small hangtag that you can use for a key ring or tassel. To add this little bonus feature, insert yet another square and change the height to 0.3” and the length to 1.25”. Place it at the side of square one, roughly 1.5” down from the top.
I also sliced off the top right corner of square one with a circle for an added decorative touch.
Now all that is left to creating the design is to insert the scoreline from the Shapes Library. Make it the same height as square one, then align it from the bottom right corner of square two all the way to the bottom of square one. That’s it! You just created the pouch! All you have to do now is weld everything together, but before you do that, select all and then duplicate the entire project. This will allow you to keep an adjustable copy for future use. Group the duplicate copy and hide it. Select everything visible on your screen, except the scoreline, and weld. If you want to decorate your new case with only gems or rhinestones, then you can now attach the weld result with the scoreline and prepare to cut!
However, if you want to add some HTV to your design, now would be the time to add your designs, using the pouch as your template for sizing. Just remember to flip and rotate accordingly – and MIRROR when you go to cut!
Cutting and Weeding
After clicking on the “Make It” button, you’ll need to ensure that you choose the correct material setting. If you are using Cricut faux leather, then you can select the “Faux Leather (Paper Thin) setting, however, if you are like me and purchase a lot of your faux leathers from Amazon, then you will need to adjust this setting. Most of the leathers that I get from Amazon are actually a little bit thicker than the Cricut brand, so I discovered that the “Felt, Wool Bonded” setting works best for that type. Just remember to adjust the material setting again if you are also cutting some heat-transfer vinyl.
To cut, just mimic the placement on Design Space’s digital mat to your physical one, and place your faux leather piece accordingly. Make sure that you are using a sticky standard grip mat and that you place the faux leather face down! Follow the prompts to insert your scoring wheel or stylus.
- 👉 Cutting Tip: I almost always choose more pressure to cut faux leather. I find that this helps to create a perfectly clean edge.
Once cut, weed the excess material away – not forgetting the tiny decorative holes, then get ready for gluing.
Piecing It All Together
What I love about this project is that it’s no-sew, making this quick and easy to piece together! Grab your E6000 glue and your cut-out, then head over to your crafting table.
First, apply a dab of glue at the end of the hangtag, then fold it over and press it to the inside and allow it to dry enough that it stays put.
Next, to the left of the scoreline on square one, apply a long line of glue along the side and bottom edge (pouch wrong-side facing up). Don’t glue the top closed!
Fold it over and adhere to the opposite edges.
You may need to put a heavy book over it to keep it pressed down firmly while it dries.
Let everything thoroughly dry before moving on to the next step.
Secure and Embellish
All that is left to do now is to add your closure and some decorative touches! If you are adding on some HTV, do that before securing your snap button closure. Applying HTV to faux leather is quite easy – but you will have to watch your temperatures. According to the Cricut Heat Guide, Everyday HTV should be applied at 280 degrees for 30 seconds.
Follow the instructions for securing your snap button pieces. Faux leather is easy to puncture which is why I did not design it with a cutout for snap buttons – plus this gives you a little freedom to place the closure to your preference.
Once the button is on, glue on your gems or rhinestones and allow everything to fully dry/cure for at least 24-48 hours before use.
That is all there is to it! Now you can keep your glasses protected and secured in your new personalized pouch!
Keep on Crafting! 💖