Sewing up Erin’s Circle Zip Earbud Pouch Tutorial


I LOVE this tutorial!  It’s one of the most popular projects in our Flickr pool.  I used it again this week so I could donate a few more handmade items to the little ‘Holiday Store’ that my boy’s elementary school will be having as a fundraiser/shopping experience for the kids next month. (I already blogged about making Wrist Strap Key Chains for the same event here.)

The tutorial is Erin Erickson’s ‘Circle Zip Earbud Pouch,’ and is also found on our ‘crafty little things to sew’ archive page.


I only made one tiny change to the tutorial and that was using a small bowl to trace circles instead of cutting out Erin’s handy pattern. The pattern really is great, but I just used it to find the right sized bowl.


Then for these particular zips,  I fussy cut circles out of a safari-themed cotton canvas. The half circles are just that – so you can cut whole circles and cut them in half, or use your bowl to cut half circles from the fabric’s edge.

The whole tutorial is very well written and even includes advice that you will wish you followed if you forget… like using a long stitch to topstitch at the end. It just looks so much nicer!


And these little circle zips (what I like to call them) are great for lots of other things besides earbuds. My kids like to put their pennies in them, They’re soft and cushy so they’d be a good place to hold any other little thing you want to keep protected. This project would make a great little gift or gift-holder.


And to inspire you with even more circle zip ideas, Sarah of BlueSusan Makes made these and blogged about them here.

And here’s even more adorable  circle zip pictures that some super fans shared with us in the Flickr pool:





There’s a couple more photos that I couldn’t download to use on the blog because they are protected. Keep that in mind… if you want me to share your wonderful pictures on the website or the blog, make sure they’re not protected against downloading 🙂

Have a great night and happy sewing,


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  1. These are super cute! I could really use one, too. I’m always looking for my earbuds in my purse. Attaching them to m keys would be great. Nice way to use fabric scraps!

  2. I’ve made several of these little bags – they’re quick and easy, and they make REALLY good gifts! I should make some more in Christmas prints for my gift box – thanks for the reminder!

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