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Sunglasses Pouch to Sew & Embroider

Sunglasses Pouch

finished sunglasses pouch

Embroider a small zipper pouch to hold sunglasses, chapstick and sunscreen for a day at the beach. This pattern is a freebie from, and the added embroidery gives the pouch a personal touch. Read on to learn tips for sewing and embroidering this pattern using cork fabric and a double-slide zipper.



Follow the pattern directions for cutting out the pattern pieces. However, do NOT cut the two pouch pieces from the cork fabric. Instead, trace the pattern piece onto the right side of the cork fabric using a removable fabric marker. Make sure, when tracing, to leave enough room for the other pieces needed for the pouch.

mark sunglasses pouch on cork right side

For the felt interlining, Sulky Felty was used. This felt is 100% polyester and provides a nice cushion for the sunglasses stored inside. It’s a much easier felt weight to work with, especially when paired with heavyweight cork fabric.

Don’t fuse the Felty to the cork fabric until after embroidery is complete. When fusing, apply Sulky Perfect Appliqué Fusible Web first to the cork wrong side, and then apply the Felty, fusing from the cork side.

Perfect Applique Fusible Web

You MUST use a low to moderate heat setting on the cork fabric, first making sure the cork can withstand the heat from the iron. So do a test-fuse to ensure the proper settings.

fuse Perfect Appliqué to cork wrong side


Choose the desired embroidery design from the Hello Summer Machine Embroidery Palette. The design must measure 3″ square or smaller to fit on the pouch front.

The featured pouch showcases the Hello Summer: Sunglasses design, and the smallest design size was reduced 10% using the embroidery machine on-screen functions.

Hoop a piece of Sulky Sticky+ Stabilizer with the paper side facing up.

Score the paper within the inner hoop rig using the Sticky+ Slitting Pen. Then, peel away the paper backing to reveal the adhesive.

Fold the cork fabric loosely in half widthwise with right sides together. Center the foldline inside the inner hoop ring, using the hoop marks as a guide.

place cork fabric in hoop

You may now notice the mistake made when embroidering the pouch front. The pattern piece is upside down! The maker (ahem, me) didn’t realize until turning the pouch right side out at the very end of the sewing process! So, please be sure to orient your cork fabric so the curved edge is the upper edge, and then place the cork onto the sticky stabilizer.

cork on stabilizer

Place the hoop onto the machine.

begin embroidering cork fabric for pouch

Embroider the design, using a Microtex needle, Sulky Bobbin Thread and the Sulky Rayon Thread according to the design color chart. CLip jump threads with each color change, using Curved Tip Squeezers.

sunglasses embroidery

When embroidery is complete, remove the hoop from the machine. Then, remove the cork fabric from the stabilizer by gently lifting it up.

remove cork fabric from stabilizer


Assemble all the pieces needed for the sunglasses pouch. (The pattern piece UPPER edge is the curve; NOT the straight edge. My mistake keeps rearing its ugly head!)

assemble pieces for sunglasses pouch

Follow the pattern directions to construct the pouch. First, fuse the Perfect Appliqué to the embroidered piece wrong side. Then, continue to fuse the remaining pieces.

fusing Perfect Appliqué to embroidery wrong side

To substitute a double-slide zipper, nothing additional is needed. Simply use a zipper with two pulls instead of one!

Sew the pouch together, using Wonder Clips instead of pins to avoid creating holes in the cork fabric.

finished sunglasses pouch on towel

If your pouch is embroidered correctly (meaning not upside down!) your pouch can stand on its own, due to the boxed corners at the lower edges. It’s the perfect size for a pair (or two) of sunglasses and other beach essentials.

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I am the Director of Content for Sulky of America. The former Editor in Chief of Sew News and Creative Machine Embroidery magazines, I hosted Sew it All TV on PBS for nine seasons. I've appeared on It's Sew Easy on PBS, DIY Network's Uncommon Threads, Hallmark's Marie Osmond Show, MacPhee Workshop and more! Come sew with me!