I am planning on taking three of my grandchildren on a mini vacation this coming weekend. Traveling with young adults needs almost as much preparation as traveling with pre-teens and toddlers. We will be in the car for about three and a half hours. One of the big things for car travel is that every young adult has some type of electronic equipment that either plays music or games. Earbuds become a necessity otherwise I’ll end up listening to the incessant sounds coming from three different devices in the back seat.
The chances of one or more of my grandchildren forgetting to pack or not having a set of working earbuds is high. In preparation for the trip I bought three sets of earphones. This way I can be sure each one has a set. To minimize loss or damage while on the trip they will also need an earbud holder. A simple circle pouch will do the trick.
I know you hear me tell you this all the time—these little pouches are quick and easy to sew.
Here is what you will need for the project:
Scrap fabrics for the exterior and the interior of the pouch (I used heavy home dec fabric. If you are using lighter weight fabric such as quilting cotton you will need medium weight fusible interfacing)
Store bought bias tape
Zipper—the length should be longer that the diameter of your circle
Pins and scissors, and pattern (which we will create)
Step one You need to decide the size of the pouch you want to make. Mine are 6 and a half inches in diameter. I used a plastic container to make my paper pattern. After you cut out your paper circle, fold it in half. On the folded edge you will add a ¼ inch seam allowance. I do this by refolding the circle ¼ inch up, leaving the paper circle intact. This is the seam allowance for the zipper. Cut two of these almost half circle from your exterior fabric and two from your lining fabric along the straight of grain. (I explain how to find the straight of grain here.) Do not cut on the bias as it could distort the pouch. If your fabric has a tendency to fray use a small zig zag stitch on the straight edge.
If you are using a lighter weight fabric you will need to cut two perfect half circles from the fusible interfacing.. Fold the pattern back in half and cut two from the interfacing. This will reduce bulk in the zipper seams. Fuse the interfacing to the lining fabric.
Step two Make a zipper sandwich. Place one of the half circles of exterior fabric right side up. Next place the zipper right side down. The last layer will be the lining fabric. This half circle is also placed right side facing the right side of the exterior fabric. Make sure all the edges are aligned. Sew with a ¼ inch seam allowance. Fold the pieces back and top stitch using a 1/8 inch allowance. Repeat for the other side.
Step three Use the completed top as the pattern for cutting the opposite side of the pouch. You will need one full circle of the exterior and lining fabrics (and one of the interfacing if you are using it. This will need to be ironed on to the lining.) Place your exterior fabric right side down. Place the lining fabric right side up on top of it. Finally place your completed top right side up on top of this. Align the outer edges of the circle. Use a few pins to hold on place being careful not to distort the circle. Make sure your zipper head is inside the circle.
Step four Trim off the excess zipper. Use a ½ inch seam allowance to stitch around the outside of the circle. You can add a little tab to the pouch. Use a 2.5 to 3 inch piece of bias tape. Stitch close to the edge to make a tube. Baste in place with a 1/8 inch allowance at either end of the zipper. I usually prefer the end where the zipper is closed.
Step five Attach the bias tape starting on the back of the pouch (this is the side without he zipper.) When you have attached the bias tape to the back flip the tape over. You can now hand stitch or machine stitch the bias tape to the front of the pouch. I machine stitch using about a 1/8 inch allowance.
Now not everyone likes to attach bias tape or sometimes you might like a little different look to the pouch. You can also make these by placing the right side of the exterior fabrics together and using a ½ inch seam allowance around the outside of the pouch. Trim the outside edge down a little (maybe an 1/8 of an inch.) Turn right side out and top stitch around the outside of the pouch using a ½ inch allowance. This technique is best used with the lighter weight fabrics such as the cottons.
No matter what technique you use to finish your pouch you will have a cute little pouch that will come in handy for so many things. I also vary the sizes of the pouch by cutting the circles larger or smaller.
Make these little pouches up in whatever size you chose. I have only shown them in 6 1/2 and 5 1/2 inches but you can go larger or smaller. These are fun, fast, easy to sew and have so many possibilities for uses.