tutorial & pattern: retro owl sunglass case


After seeing this post on Cathy of California's blog awhile back, I fell in love with the vintage crafts pictured ("mc call's needlework and crafts" fall-winter 1967-68). I especially loved what I assume is an owl-shaped glasses case. If you know my blog then you know I have a thing for owls (hooo doesn't???), plus I'm always breaking or loosing my sunglasses so this is the perfect project for me. In my quest to figure out how to make my own sunglass case, I thought I'd share my method with you!


Begin by downloading the pattern in PDF format here. In case the PDF doesn't work for you for some reason, I've also uploaded the pattern to Flickr.


Cut out all of the pattern pieces using your favorite felt. I used Recycled Eco-Felt for mine because it's cheap and I wasn't sure how the project would turn out. A nice wool blend would work nicely as well. You might notice that I included a "beak" in the pattern but didn't use it in my project. I originally sewed on an orange beak but then had to remove it to install the snap (duh!). I decided I liked the owl sans-beak just as well and left it off. Oh, and I used scalloped scissors to cut out the larger eye pieces. If you don't have fancy scissors, don't fret. You can cut scallops on your own or just cut plain circles.


Now stitch everything together, beginning with the front side of the owl. I used a running stitch to stitch on the overlapping feathers and outer eyes. I cross stitched the "eye-balls" on but you could try any stitch...maybe a French knot...or sew on some wiggly eyes or buttons for fun. Finally, I used a running stitch to stitch the front and back of the case together. Feel free to experiment with different stitches! *If you are doing to sew on the beak (the small triangular piece), wait until AFTER you install the snaps (see below).


Lastly, I installed a snap closure. You can get a fancy snap tool like mine at your local craft store. They are fairly in-expensive (especially if you bring your 40% off coupon). A less-expensive option is purchasing the snaps with a snap applicator tool — you'll just need a mallet to hammer the snaps in place. You can save even more money by going with sew-on snaps. Just follow the directions on the package.


Now protect your shades in your brand-new case!

P.S.) Yes, these ARE my real sunglasses! I bought them from the Red Velvet Art online shop. LOVE!!! Now you understand my new logo a bit better.


Alexa said...

I love the style in which you did your step by steps. Super cute!

Stina said...

Thanks for a great tutorial and a inspiring blog! :-)

Elaine Elwick Barr said...

Great tutorial! I love owl the owls!!

Pink Petunia Designs said...

This owl is so cute. I need to use the snap fastener. I have never used one before. They look pretty cool.

Heidi Harlequin said...


this is the cutest thing i have seen in awhile!

this is def my next project!

thanks so much for sharing it!

ps. love your blog.


Evie's Ark, All Things Animal said...

Super cute, Amy!!!

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

Oh this is WAY cute and so perfect for spring! I'll be linking. I saw you on Cut Out and Keep today too! You totally stood out with your adorable projects!

casserole said...

Oh, this is CUTE!!!! I posted a link to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing blog:


von Hand zu Hand said...

i love this colourful case!

i set a link to yout tutorial.
i hope, you'll agree.
if not, please leave a short comment.

thanks. and many greetings.


claireasaurus said...

This is adorable! I have those same sunglasses (but black) and an unhealthy obsession with owls so obviously I need to make this ASAP!
Thank you so much for the tute!

Anonymous said...

The tutorial is very clear and the result is totally cute!

Ashley Brooke said...

saw this project on Craft Gossip. love it!! thanks!

Geek+Nerd said...

This is too adorable! I've never visited your blog before, I think I'm going to have to peek around a bit more! Cheers!

Kristine said...

So cute! I love owls too! I saw your tutorial on oneprettything.com. I'm going to go explore your blog some more now!

Deborah Samantha said...

I love this. Who doesn't want a super cute owl glasses holder. Love!

Deborah Samantha said...

Wow! I love it. Who doesn't want a super cute Owl glasses holder. Nice :)

Shiri said...

This is really cute!
I made one for myself and posted it + a link to your tutorial in my new blog.
Thank's for sharing it :).


My Owl Barn said...

Thanks for the tutorial. The case looks super cool!

Patte-mon said...

Hi, thanks for sharing this lovely tutorial. I have posted a link to this tutorial in my handcraft tutorial collection. Feel free to visit http://handcrafttutorial.blogspot.com/2009/10/retro-owl-sunglass-case.html

Anonymous said...

Your blog keeps getting better and better! Your older articles are not as good as newer ones you have a lot more creativity and originality now keep it up!

deana said...

This is the absolute PERFECT idea for a kid's craft idea at my art camp this summer. I was planning to teach some basic stitching anyway & the girls will ♥ this! I'll be making one for myself, too!

Thank you SO MUCH! :-)

Flower Gurl said...

This is sooooooooo cute! My glasses cases are falling apart and I am going to make this one!

Joanne said...

Thanks for the tutorial. I made an owl glass case but couldn't remember where I found the pattern. Just blog-hopping and found you again!

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