I turned 40 this year - and like clockwork the gray hairs sprang forth from my scalp with a vengeance, and my heretofore 20/20 peepers began to fail me. After one particularly eye-opening book club meeting there was no denying that I, Lara Starr, needed reading glasses.
The plus sides of both of these signs of mortality is that they are opportunities to accessorize. Hence the somewhat saucy shade of red I'm currently sporting on my tresses, and the 1/2 a dozen pair of readers strategically placed in my purse, at my desk, on my nightstand, etc.... (FYI, those of you in Marin and on the right side of 40 can get readers for $5 a pair at Craig's Warehouse)
To protect these specs, I knew I needed glasses cases, but didn't want to spend more $$ - so I decided to make my own.
First, I got myself a sheet of 12" x 18" craft foam, and measured it into six 6" x 6" squares
Then I drew a swirly design with a pencil
Then I embroidered over the design with what I now know is called a stem stitch
Then I folded it in half and sewed it closed
Abracadabra! Right before your eyes, a nifty eyeglass case that cost less than $.25 to make
And so easy a child could do it. In fact - my child did! The kid made cases for me, his dad and his grandma.
I'm thinking if you didn't want to embroider you could do a cool design or pattern with a sharpie - and even staple the case closed. Let me know if you give it a try.
I made one with with the Staples & Sharpie technique - too cute!