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Sew a mini case for earplugs or keys

Sew a mini case for earplugs or keys, it is comfortable to have them nearby.

I was at Festival Dranouter. Yes, it’s the festival where I went with my BERNINA sewing machine to sew for a recycling project. Read the blogposts about ‘Mestival’ here.

I missed a mini case for my earplugs, so I started to make one. It will be useful for concerts and dance parties as well.

Een mini tasje voor oortjes of sleutels

My sewing machine is the BERNINA 710

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This is a project only made with presserfoot Edgestitch Foot #10.

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Het tasje dat ik maakte viel kleiner uit dan verwacht. Het bokaaldeksel dat ik gebruikte, was slechts 7 cm breed. Daarom beschrijf ik het hieronder voor een wat grotere afmeting. Ik merkte dat het voor mijn oordopjes groot genoeg was, maar voor mijn meest gebruikte sleutels wat klein uitviel. Wil jij het voor iets specifiek gebruiken? Controleer dan eerst de afmetingen, altijd slim :).


Supplies you need to sew a mini case for earplugs or keys:

  • 2 patches of faux leather, about 13 x 13 cm.
  • 15 cm non fringing tape
  • Small plastic zipper
  • Mettler Seralon cordonnet  30
  • 2 key rings, a musketon or carabine hook
  • A rotary cutter is useful.
  • A metal or plastic lid, about 9 cm.
  • Fabric glue to secure the cut thread ends.
  • Mettler Web Bond temporary adhesive spray instead of pinning


Preparation to sew the mini case:

Cut one of the patches faux leather in 2, to sew the zipper in.


Sew the zipper in the front part:

Spray temporary adhesive spray on the zipper and put the patches of faux leather on it, right side up.

Sew with a longer stitch length, set to 4, 25, to sew the faux leather to the zipper.

Sew the tape to a loop. Even this seam is sewn with the edgestitch foot on the machine. I set the needle position to the far left and zigzagged over the edge.

Sew a mini case for earplugs or keys Bernina edgestitch foot 10


Sew the mini case:

Put both patches together, with the tape in between. Check if the seam in the tape will be on the inside of the case, when finished.

Use the lid as a shape to sew around.

While sewing, I noticed the lid was gliding away on the slippery faux leather. Next time I will turn it upside down and use temporary adhesive spray to prevent from sliding.

Check the selected stitch on a side corner, before topstitching. If you use cordonnet thread, you might have to increase tension.

Sew a mini case for earplugs or keys Bernina edgestitch foot 10

I even kept the edgestitch foot on the machine to sew the circle, with these settings::

It’s useful to pin the corners of the faux leather.

Een klein tasje stikken met deksel als vorm.


Finish the mini case:

Cut the case along the stitched circle. Secure loose thread ends with the fabric glue.

Add the key rings.

Sew a mini case for earplugs or keys Bernina edgestitch foot 10

Use it as a key hanger:

Sew a mini case for earplugs or keys Bernina edgestitch foot 10

Do you have other funny purposes for small patches of faux leather?

Let me know in the comments.

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Free sewing instructions: Mini Case for ear plugs or keys

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