NOTE: This is how to make an embroidering earphone cover, however it can apply to any design you may choose.
You will need:earphonesfabric remnant large enough to cover the headbandembroidery thread in four colours of your choicesmall embroidery hoopfabric marking pen
1 Place the fabric over the earphones’ headband and pin to hold it in place. Mark the outline of the headband and draw the position of the blossoms.
2 Remove the fabric and place it in the embroidery hoop. Embroider the petals of the blossoms in satin stitch, using three strands of embroidery thread. In the centre of each blossom, work a few French knots using two strands of embroidery thread.
3 Add 1cm-wide seam allowances all around the headband’s outline. Cut out the top of the headband cover, as well as a second piece of the same shape to be used for the bottom of the headband.
4 Wet the embroidered section to remove the fabric-marking pen and leave to dry.
5 Pin the top and bottom sections right sides together and sew one of the seams. Fold the two end seam allowances under and press. Place the cover over the headband. Fold under the seam allowances of the remaining seam, and sew by hand using small, neat slip stitches.
Want to make your own packaging?
Choose giftwrap that matches the blossoms embroidered on the earphones. Download blossom photos from the internet, enlarge them and print them onto A3 paper. You can finish off the edge of the lid with some shiny butterfly paper.
Use a plastic box and cover the bottom inside and out with the paper that you photocopied. Cut out sections and stick them on top of each other, finishing off with a piece of washi tape. Place the earphones in.
Add a tag and here is how:
Use the same paper for the tag. Stick it to firm cardboard and cut it out, with dovetails at the one end. You can cut two from the blossom paper and one from the butterfly paper, for a bit of bling.
Print a name onto acetate and cut it to match the cardboard. Punch holes in the tags, thread a piece of ribbon through and use washi tape to attach it to the gift.
Text and image: Ideas magazine