Monday, June 18, 2012

End of year gifts

The end of the school year has come and gone. Big Bear is officially a preschool graduate-- Kindergarten, here we come! I'm still a little dumbstruck. While he is definitely ready to move on, I'm not sure I am. Ha!

Anyway, I managed to make a few end of year gifts for class coordinators and a couple of special friends. The gift of choice: The Circle Zip Earbud Pouch!

earbud pouch number one, closed

This awesomely smart and practical tutorial is from Erin of Dog Under My Desk. It is one of those, "Why didn't I think of that???" ideas that is quick, easy and fabulous. The instructions were clear and well illustrated.

earbud pouch number one, with zipper open

I made the first one (pictured above), from cutting to last stitch, in 40 minutes; the others were even faster. The trickiest part of the process was sewing the outside edge of the circle such that when it was turned right-side-out, it actually resulted in a circle. My advice is to just take it slowly and focus on small, even turns as you sew the seam on the outside edge. By the last one, I had finally figured it out and was feeling pretty pleased with the resulting shape.

three more earbud pouches

I had fun picking out fabrics. I decided to go with a print for the outside and then solids for the tab and lining.

Best of all, everyone loved the pouches. Yay! I was so pleased with the tutorial, I went ahead and purchased the pattern for Erin's Two-Zip Hipster. It looks like it will be an awesome going-to-the-park bag (a summer necessity!), so I hope to make one soon!


  1. What a great idea! I love these! My teachers got gift cards. Next year, I'll send you my orders! :-)

  2. Its really looking nice and nice gift idea. you can used to put your accessories in that.

    Gifts for her