Since digging out my sewing machine and finding my local quilt store, I’ve become a bit obsessed lately with pinning projects that can be made with “fat quarters” (for non-quilters, quarter yards of fabric that are cut in a rectangle so they are about 18″ x 22″ in size). These projects are a great way to justify collecting all those pretty fabrics! My “Fun with Fabric” board is growing rapidly!
The first fat quarter project that I decided to try is something that I desperately needed: a zip pouch for carrying my earbuds. This earbud pouch tutorial is from a website called Dog Under My Desk, and the project is beautifully illustrated with photos and well-written instructions. The tutorial also includes a printable pattern file. All of this made the project really easy to complete!
The pouch has a very sturdy design, with a lining and a zip closure, and a loop for attaching it to a keyring for portability.
There are no exposed seams in the design to wear or fray over time. To give the pouch some bulk and protect the ear buds, the case is lined with interfacing. I used Sew-In Warm Fleece by The Warm Company. It’s made in the USA of 100% polyester. Even though it is polyester, it feels like cotton in the hand, and has a body and density like felt. It cuts beautifully and it was easy to pin the pattern pieces to and cut precisely.
A few last thoughts about this project…it is wonderful to always know where my headphones are now because I know they are with my keys in the pouch. I never find myself out and about wanting them because if I have my keys, I have them as well. I did have a moment of rude awakening the other day when I was out shopping, though. It was pouring down rain – one of our typical Florida afternoon storms that happen almost daily this time of year – and I was running through the parking lot to my car through water that was two inches or more deep in places because it was raining so hard it overwhelmed the storm drains. As I glanced down at my keys in my hand, I had a moment of panic when I realized – if I drop my keys in this flood my headphones are dead! So I will have to be a bit more careful than I am used to with my keys now that my headphones are attached to them.
Supplies – Fabric (unknown fat quarters), The Warm Company Sew-In Warm Fleece, Coats Dual Duty XP Thread, Coats All Purpose Zipper (7″ Black).
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