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Circle Zip Earbud Pouch Project Review

Do you use earbuds with you smartphone, cell phone or MP3 player? I took my MP3 player with me on a recent car trip and discovered that my new, over-the-ear earbuds don’t fit inside the MP3 player case (my previous pair did). I put my MP3 player and new earbuds inside of a ziplock bag so that they wouldn’t get lost or tangled inside my purse. It also occurred to me that lack of an earbud storage case could be key factor in why I don’t take the earbuds that came with my smartphone with me when I’m out. I like my smartphone and MP3 player cases, so making an earbud pouch seemed like a good solution. I decided to try the Circle  Zip Earbud Pouch Tutorial by Erin Erickson of the “Dog Under My Desk” blog.

The online tutorial and downloadable pattern for this project are available here:

Circle Zip Earbud Pouch Tutorial

Note this project is for personal use only.

For the purposes of my review, I’m going to summarize the tutorial, tell you what I did differently (if anything) and share my general thoughts about the sewing the project.

The tutorial beings with a photograph of the finished project and a paragraph describing the author’s motivation for making the tutorial. The project solves the common problem of how to store one’s earbuds when they are not in use. There is also a note and link to a purchase the updated version of the tutorial from the author’s website for a nominal fee. As an experienced sewer, I opted to use the 2011 version of the tutorial as presented in the blog post. Next is a link to download the pattern template.

Step 1 Cut your materials

We dive right in by cutting our materials. I found several fabrics in my scrap bin that were large enough to use for this project. I was able to use the same print and interior fabric for one earbud case that I used for my Custom Phone Case. I selected a different exterior print and interior solid for my second earbud case so it would be easier to tell them apart.

The pattern pieces are labeled so it was clear what to cut from each of my fabrics. The length and width of the zipper is also covered in this section. I read the entire tutorial before committing to this project and knew that I had appropriately sized zipppers that matched my exterior fabrics.

Cut fabric, zippers and thread
Materials for 2 Circle Zip earbud Pouches
Step 2 Create the front panel

I always use my narrow zipper foot to sew on zippers as it makes the process so much easier.

Using a narrow zipper foot to sew on a zipper
Using a narrow zipper foot to sew front panel

I had a hard time getting both my pattern to match up and my half circles to match up when I sewed my first earbud case. I did not do as good a job fussy-cutting my fabric as I thought I did.

Zipper with fabric sewn on iether side
Front panel showing fabric pattern alignment issue

For my second earbud case, I drew a horizontal line across the front of the zipper tape and used it to line up the top edges of the half circles.

Step 3 Create the tab

The method used to create the tab is one that I am familiar with. So much so that when I saw the photos, I didn’t read the text. Attaching the tab was a snap.

Fabric circle bisected by vertical zipper
Front panel with tab
Step 4 Add the back panel

Ha! I did have to read carefully to add the back panel. I expected there to be more sewing involved than there was. Sewing circles can be difficult and I recommend that you sew at whatever slower-than-normal speed is appropriate for you to maintain the accuracy of your seam allowance. Using a magnetic seam guide also makes the this step easier.

Closeup of sewing machine presser foot & magnetic seam gauge
Using a magnetic seam guide to sew on the back panel
Step 5 Hide raw edges

Top-stitiching this project serves a number of purposes. It hides the raw edges, gives the project a finished look and contributes to the design aesthetics.

That’s it! There project can be summarized into five steps.

Here are some photographs of my finished Circle Zip Earbud Pouches. It’s not an optical illusion… the one with the circle motif is slightly oval in shape. My half circles were slightly offset in order to align the fabric’s pattern the way I wanted and I didn’t trim as close to the stitching before turning.

2 Circle Zip Eearbud Pouches with open zippers
Two Circle Zip Earbud Pouches
2 Circle Zip Earbud Pouches with earbuds
Two Circle Zip Earbud Pouches & earbuds

Overall I found this tutorial easy to follow and well photographed. The project is quick and fun to sew. Changing spool thread and/or bobbin thread colors to match my fabric is one option for aesthetics. Using white thread for spool and bobbin in another.

One caveat about this project. The zipper pouch is a tight fit for my over-the-ear earbuds as they are thicker than the earbuds that came with my smartphone. My smartphone’s earbuds are the same style as photographed in Erin’s post. Keep in mind that the size of case made using the pattern may not work as well for other types of earbuds. That being said, making a slightly larger Circle Zip Earbud Pouch wasn’t difficult.

Regular and large Circle Zip Earbud Pouches with earbuds
Larger pouch for over-the-ear style earbuds

I really enjoyed sewing this project. The well thought out instructions and photographs made it easy to put together. It’s always a bonus when I can use up some of my fabric scraps.

Have you tried this project? How do you store your earbuds when you’re not using them?. Comment below and/or Pin me for later!


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