I don't know how many of you have teenagers that you supply earbuds to but it can get completely out of hand. Aside from the CONSTANT use, they way they are carried, all tangled up in a front pocket or thrown into a purse with who knows what else....they rarely make it a month or two. Tired of constantly loaning mine out to replace those that have had the wires bent and frazzled, I was thrilled when I saw Erin Erickson's Circle Zip Earbud Pouch on Pinterest. What a great Easter Present I thought, kind of self serving I know, but practical non-the-less.
I got started right away with scraps of fabric I had on hand. Come to find out, I can't sew in a circle. I mean, I really CAN'T sew in a circle. I practiced on many of my favorite fabrics only to end up throwing them away frustrated at the outcome. This would not necessarily be a big deal except I was going through quite a few zippers in the process (thank heaven for Joanne's coupons). Determined to have these genius pouches as gifts.... I set out to modify the pattern to accomodate my limitations. This is not unusual for me, as most recipes are just a starting point....so apparently are patterns and step by step tutorials.
I know I can sew in a straight line and I can make a MEAN SQUARE, so that was my chosen shape. The only other changes I made were using fusible interfacing (which Erin mentions even though she demonstrated batting) and making the pouches slightly smaller. I actually love the slightly puffy look of the batting as opposed to the interfacing, but with the smaller size, the thinner pouch was more usable.