Zip-up Earbuds

February 10th, 2010 by laupre Leave a reply »

I love to have my music with me everywhere I go, but I hate the tangled mess my wires become when I toss them in my bag or pocket. Last night I whipped up a fun and functional solution by adding a zipper to my earbuds.

This project took me around an hour to do (perfect for catching up on some t.v. from The supplies are few; basic sewing supplies, a pair of headphones, and a nice long zipper. I happened to have this crazy purple and gold nike zipper I found thrifting a while ago, it seemed perfect for this project.

The first step is to pull the earbuds apart, to separate the wires all the way down to the plug.

Next, take one side of your headphones and one side of the zipper tape and start stitching the wire into the tape. Simply fold the outside edge of the tape under to the wrong side (enclosing the wire) and use a running stitch to hold it in place. A little bit of glue could be used at the top to attach the end of the zipper to the earbud, but I found that it wasn’t necessary for me.

It’s as easy as that! Zipped up, I can toss them into my bag or pocket without worrying about tangles or having them get caught on something and breaking.

Then unzip them to the length I want and put them on so much faster than having to untangle the mess!



  1. Dogpackmomma says:

    Very clever! Thanks for sharing.

  2. eileen says:

    these are absolutely amazing. I love this idea. I am going to try this.

  3. Rita says:

    Awesome! ~ Thanks!

  4. Kara says:

    so cool! one question though, how do you split the headphones without ruining them? is it easy to do?

  5. Darrel says:

    This idea is so cooool, can’t wait to make this for my earbuds

  6. Jennifer B says:

    Very nice! I did this today and can already tell it is gonna make a huge difference :) Thank you so much for posting!

  7. DD79 says:

    WOW, what a great idea! thanx for sharing!

  8. Jenna says:

    This was a great idea, except I had made the same exact thing in 1994, listening to my WALKMAN!

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  10. ALice says:

    THIS is freaking amazing. I’m totally doing this.

  11. EruDani says:

    GREAT! I think I’ll make one!

  12. Stephanie says:

    Such an excellent idea!

  13. shannon says:

    I’ve seen this a few times before, always think it’s a brilliant idea. I just don’t want to buy a pair of nice earbuds and ruin them trying to do this, in case I screw up. But I don’t want to but a cheap pair either, so I’m kind of stuck, haha.

    I wonder why these aren’t mass-produced, seeing as how it’s such a good and popular solution to a common problem.

  14. tsippie says:

    as soon as i saw this i ran downstairs to get a zipper, thread and needle. i’m now busy with the second wie!

    thanks so much!!

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  16. Joyce says:

    So smart!

  17. Amy says:

    GENIOUS-Thank you for sharing.

  18. GParker says:

    That is so cool!

  19. susan says:

    very cool idea!!!!

  20. Karyn says:

    Just exactly what I need. Thank you.

  21. Lidiya says:

    Awesome! Thank you so much for posting!

  22. Abigail says:

    wow, that is so cool!!!! I love it you should sell these, They are awesome!!!!!! <3

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