By: Liz Elliott
Whether you’re getting ready to wear your fabulous sunglasses again, or just reaching for your everyday reading glasses, why not store them in a holder you made yourself? Try creating one from some scrap fabric and a bath tissue roll, dress up an inexpensive store-bought case or even repurpose a simple kitchen potholder. The best part? None requires sewing!
1. No-sew Eyeglasses Holder
Bath tissue tube
Binder or paper clips
- Cut the bath tissue tube lengthwise
- Place the tube, now a rectangle, on fabric and cut around it, leaving about 1/3-centimetre (1/4-inch) all around
- Set fabric square aside
- Place the tube on fabric and cut another piece exactly to size
- Glue the larger piece of fabric to the tube, wrapping the extra length around the other side and gluing in place
- Glue the smaller piece of fabric to the tube, covering up the remaining exposed tube
- Fold in half and glue along two sides and the bottom, leaving the top open
- Hold glue in place to dry with binder or paper clips
Tip: Swap out scrapbook paper instead of fabric, or use a paper towel or gift wrap roll instead of the bath tissue roll.
Tip: Turn old neckties into small electronic holders with our instructions!
2. Dress up a Drugstore Eyeglasses Holder
If you’d like a fashion-forward option, try this clutch-inspired DIY project. With a quick glue/glitter mixture, you’ll have a simple drugstore eyeglasses holder looking like a stylish accessory!
Hard plastic or fake leather clamshell holder
50 mL (1/4 cup) of glue that dries clear
- Mix glitter with glue
- Open the case and paint the outside with glitter and glue mixture
- Allow the mixture to dry completely before using the case
Tip: Create a few different glitter colour/glue mixtures and paint on stripes or other designs.
3. Repurposed Potholder
If you have an extra potholder in your kitchen, or happen across a cute one at the dollar store, this is a great way to repurpose it. Since it’s fabric it’s machine washable, and you can pop it in your handbag and take it wherever you go!
A square, fabric pot holder
- Fold potholder in half and glue along the edges — the top should be open
- Use quilting pins to hold fabric together while the glue dries
- Remove pins when dry
Tip: Glue on a button or ribbon to add some personal pizazz.
Liz Elliot is the co-founder of Craftbaby.com with her pal Candie. Whether it's painting office walls pink (home décor), chasing after a messy toddler (parenting), creating knock-offs because we're too cheap (DIY), or cooking without wheat so we don't get puffy (recipes) — we'll share it with you on our blog. Come connect with us!