Kid Friendly (Earbud) Pouch

08-budpouchEarbud pouches are a great way to keep your headphones clean, neat, and tidy. Unfortunately, most are too small for tiny hands…plus let’s face it, most kids aren’t going to take the time to neatly coil the cords and zippers are just a potential disaster waiting to happen (I can foresee ‘cutting the wires’ with the zipper if you leave any part of the ear bud hanging out of the pouch because they’re in too big of a hurry to stuff it all inside). With that said, I decided to come up with a ‘Kid Friendly’ ear bud pouch: large enough to fit a pair headphones and an easy Velcro closure. It also features a separate lining from the exterior (which means the sewing soundslooks crazy, but stick with me because it will work in the end!). Here’s how to make your own:

Materials:
Fabric scraps for exterior and lining (each should measure at least 6 x 10″)
1″ piece of Velcro

Cutting:
From exterior fabric
Cut 1, 5 1/2 x 6″ rectangle
Cut 1, 5 1/2 x 3 1/2″ rectangle

From lining fabric
Cut 1, 5 1/2 x 6″ rectangle
Cut 1, 5 1/2 x 3 1/2″ rectangle

Sewing: (all seams 1/4″)
1. If you are planning on embroidering a name, design, etc. on your pouch be sure to do this now before you start sewing.

2. With right sides together, sew the top edge of the 5 1/2 x 3 1/2″ exterior and lining rectangles together (if you have a one-way design, name, or design, be sure that your material is facing the correct way!). This will be your front pouch.

3. Turn right side out and press finished edge (topstitch if desired).

4. Open up front pouch, separating the exterior fabric from the lining. Center Velcro across the top of the exterior pouch piece, close to finished edge, and sew in place.

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5. Keeping pouch sections open and with right sides together, place exterior pouch section on top of exterior flap piece (the 5 1/2 x 6″ rectangle). You will find that the lining section will hang over the flap piece just slightly. Sew from the top of the pouch seam, down the side, across the bottom, and back up the side (stopping at top seam).

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6. Repeat step #5 with the lining. Your end result will be the front pouch sandwiched between the exterior and lining flaps (which remain unsewn at the top).

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7. Sew second piece of Velcro to the right side of lining. Velcro should be centered, 3/8″ down from top, raw edge of lining.

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8. With right sides together, place lining and exterior unsewn flap edges together and sew, leaving a 2″ opening for turning on top edge.

9. Clip the corners of all pieces and turn right side out through opening on top edge. Poke corners out with a chopstick or point turner if necessary.

10 Stuff lining into pouch and press. Slipstitch opening closed or topstitch top edge with sewing machine.

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Fill your finished pouch with earbuds or keep it for yourself – it’s the perfect size for business cards, small jewelry, and more!