(I know some things on my blog are off kilter a little bit. I am working on fixing it. Sorry!)
We have 10 very nice and helpful work-study students who work in our offices at the university. They are so helpful all the time. I wanted to do a little something for them for Christmas this year. So, I made these cute little earbud pouches for them. I like them. They are cute and practical. I want one now!
I wanted all of them to be different. I didn't have the full set of Flutter fabric, and I didn't have enough different pieces to make all the pouches different. So, I made a couple out of my Delighted scraps. I went really wild on this one on the right by fussy cutting the fabric.
Each one only took me 30 minutes to make, from cutting the fabric out to completely finished. Yippee! I think it's a great product for only 30 minutes of sewing. I'm going to make five more for nieces and nephews for Christmas. I have some cute, but completely different, fabrics picked out for those. And of course Sweet Pea wants one now, too. I'll tuck some spending money inside of them and mail them off. It will be inexpensive to mail, too. Nice!
There is a free tutorial for making these. It is by Erin Erickson at Dog Under My Desk blog. She also has a pattern you can purchase from her pattern shop. I purchased the pattern, so my review will be based on the pattern I purchased. I wanted to provide support for all her great work.
I think I first saw this on my friend Lynn's blog. You can read her review of the pattern here. She used the tutorial, not the purchased pattern. So if you want to see how they compare, check out her post on the matter.
The pattern is extremely clear and contains lots of nice photos. Erin offers a lot of great tips in the pattern. As I said, I could sew this up in about 30 minutes. A quick and easy project! It is suited well to beginners. Not difficult at all. Not even the zipper. Don't be scared off by the zipper. It's easy peasy to install. I can recommend this pattern highly! Many thanks for a very nice pattern/tutorial, Erin!
I followed Erin's advice and mounted my pattern pieces on cardstock so they were durable. That worked out really well. I'd recommend doing that. Rather than using the half-circle pattern piece to mark the front pieces for cutting, I used the full circle piece that was used to cut the back. Then, I used the half circle piece to draw the line down the center. That was a quick and easy way to do it. And then the two halves lined up perfectly on the front and looked nice.
I used my little collection of zippers from Zipit. They sell nice bundles of a bunch of different colors of zippers for really reasonable prices. Just out of curiousity, I made one using a Coats and Clarke zipper I also had laying around, just to see if there was a real difference between the zippers. The Zipit zippers were easier to sew across and also zip and unzip more easily. (Nothing wrong with Coats and Clarke, however. They are fine. The others are just a little nicer, I think.) I love all the bright colors and the price, too. It was really fun using stuff in my stash. Made me feel good. But now I just want to order more. haha!
On a side note, many of you asked about tutorials for the projects in the Emagazine. The Quilted Fish is going to have them on her blog...at least for some of the projects. I'll let you know when those are posted. For one of mine, I'll post a brief tutorial here. I thought that might make some of you happy to hear that. :-)
Hope you are having a good week. We are in the last week of classes, so it's busy, busy!
Until next time,
Note: I purchased this pattern and the zippers myself to make these earbud pouches. The fabric was provided to me at no cost by The Quilted Fish.