I know a lot of you have asked for this heart pouch tutorial and I finally finished it! First, I want to let everyone know that I’ve finished and posted the licensed version of the Circle Zip Earbud Pouch. I’ve completely re-written the tutorial with new photos, an improved technique and the same PDF format as my other patterns with the same license so that you can make items to sell in your Etsy shops or at craft fairs. I was completely overwhelmed with the interest in the Earbud Pouch, so thank you to everyone who has made one (or twenty!) and commented and posted photos. It is truly amazing. I didn’t expect to still be talking about and making these 4+ months later, but here we are. You all have my very sincere thanks! I <3 all of you!
This is just a mini-tutorial. I have only focused on the parts that are different than the circle pouch, so I have not included every step. Please reference that post for more instructions. This is definitely more tricky than the circle pouch because of the shape, but it only uses little bits of fabric so if you mess one up, no big deal!
Download the PDF with the pattern pieces HERE. You’ll need:
Four 5″ squares of fabric
Two 5″ squares of batting
One 2″ square of fabric
One nylon zip at least 6″ long (longer is great)
Pay close attention to the grain direction while cutting out your pieces. Following the grain helps the pouch to not get stretched out along the zipper.
Line up the Front Left pieces as shown, with the zipper pull to the left. Place the lining fabric right side up, zipper on top right side up, then outside fabric right side down and batting on top. Sew with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Trim batting out of this seam. (Again, for more detailed photos, see the original post.) Click for a larger photo.
Then place the Front Right pieces as shown, with the zipper pull to the left. Place the lining fabric right side up, zipper on top right side up, then outside fabric right side down and batting on top. Sew with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Trim batting out of this seam.
OPEN ZIP HALF WAY. Tack zipper. Press and sew the tab (again… reference the original post). Fold in half, place as shown with raw edges to the outside. Tack in place.
Cut off the ends of the zip (optional, you could do it later). Sandwich the batting and place the sandwich right sides together. Sew around with a 3/8″ seam allowance. Pay attention to the point at the bottom and the curve at the top. Take one or two stitches straight across in each spot before pivoting, as shown. (Click to zoom.)
Clip the seams. Apply fray block to the point, curve and edges of the zipper and overlock the portion where the zipper opens. I made tiny clips at the top curve, but if you do then definitely apply fray block and possibly go back and sew over that curved part of the seam a second time. This is a tricky curve to get flat.