Introduction: Zip Earphones

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I know everyone is sick of tangled earphones. By simply attaching a zip, all of your tangling problems are solved, and plus - they also look really cool! This is a fun life hack which is actually incredibly helpful, and saves you all that time you spend un-knotting earphone cords.

What you'll need:

  • Earphones
  • A zip
  • A needle and thread

If you enjoy this project, please vote for it in the Zip It Good contest!

Step 1: Stitch Fabric Around Cord

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Fold the fabric edge of the zip around the earphone cord and stitch it down.

Step 2: Repeat

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After finishing the one side, repeat on the other side, and your tangled earphone problems are solved. :)


CraftAndu (author)2016-01-20

This is a very clever life hack! Thanks

Yonatan24 (author)2016-01-11

So this is where American Hacker got the idea from, I've made one of these with hot-glue

xxxBExHAPPYxxx made it! (author)2015-06-02

I took a shorter zipper and wrapped the lower part of the cable in thread.

Now my earphones don't get tangled as easily anymore :)

the paper curator (author)2015-05-28

This is genius! I never would have thought about this but seems like a great solution! What size zipper did you purchased?

jonbutterfill (author)2015-01-11

As a slight aside I read an article in a UK paper about this, if you loop round the plug to the phones and knot they'll never tangle.
Not great for the cables, and certainly not as cool though!

SagarB3 (author)2014-12-25

Is this your original idea? Cause I saw these being sold on AliExpress.

American Ruin (author)2014-11-09

Congrats on the win! I'm gonna have to make a set!

jsharp15 made it! (author)2014-10-20

I used a zip I already owned and then used binding for the other end

Chuck Stephens (author)2014-10-14

Nice, simple solution! I really like this. Does the zipper tangle in your hair?

LD_P (author)Chuck Stephens2014-10-15

Well, I have pretty long hair, and it hasn't proven an issue yet. :)

JM1999 (author)2014-10-11

Interesting, I like the idea!

Well done on the win!

LD_P (author)JM19992014-10-11

Thank you! Now it's just the torturous wait to find out where I came. :P

JM1999 (author)LD_P2014-10-11

First hopefully!

LD_P (author)JM19992014-10-12

I can only hope so! Here's hoping the judges like my idea. :)

JM1999 (author)LD_P2014-10-12

The judges?

Who are they ;-)

786Ayesha (author)2014-10-12

Simple and easy work.Very nice.Can you show a picture of the end?

LD_P (author)786Ayesha2014-10-12

Thank you! If you scroll down through the comments, I have posted a picture of the end. :)

tkleinauskas (author)2014-10-06

Nice work! Thanks for sharing!

LD_P (author)tkleinauskas2014-10-10

Thank you! :)

thebeatonpath (author)2014-10-06

AMAZING! Very clever idea!

LD_P (author)thebeatonpath2014-10-10

Thanks! :)

Jack Moran (author)2014-10-06

so simple, it's perfect!

LD_P (author)Jack Moran2014-10-10

Thank you! :)

agis68 (author)2014-10-08

really awesome idea thanks voted

LD_P (author)agis682014-10-10

Thanks! :)

l33tn00b (author)2014-10-10

Very simple, but direct. You got my vote!

LD_P (author)l33tn00b2014-10-10

Thank you! :)

onelmon (author)2014-10-03

This is brilliant! Voted! Good luck!

LD_P (author)onelmon2014-10-04

Thank you!

nmvb (author)2014-10-03

This is so great! any idea how you would do it if you had the mic in the middle of the cord? and just randomly, did you do this with the iphone time lapse function?

LD_P (author)nmvb2014-10-04

I'm not sure, unfortunately. :( You'll have to experiment with that yourself. And no, I didn't - I used my crappy old camera and Windows Movie Maker, haha. :)

PainKing (author)2014-10-03

such an elegantly simple solution to the problem of tangled ead buds. I am awed by your solution and frankly a bit jealous that I did not think of it first.

kurt.devlin (author)2014-10-02

How do you transition at the end of the zipper to the plug? Can you post a picture of that?

LD_P (author)kurt.devlin2014-10-02

Basically, just sew until you can't any more. :) It helps if the zip is the right length.

kurt.devlin (author)LD_P2014-10-03

Thanks for posting your reply and picture. I think some strain relief might help as suggested by another commenter, but all in all a very nice job. Thanks for sharing.

tedwaugh (author)kurt.devlin2014-10-03

Maybe try some shrink wrap in the area that you want the strain relief.

Kshitij0211 (author)2014-10-03

Now this is what I call Innovative! I'm so trying this out tomorrow!!
Just a quick question. Here's my situation. I have a pair of skull candy ink'd earphones and the wire snapped near the jack. I managed to fix it. I thought I would use this to hide that as well. So, what do you do near the jack?

Kshitij0211 (author)Kshitij02112014-10-03

Oh I just saw the comment below. Nevermind. :)

diegofenner (author)2014-10-03

Now that's a great idea!!! =D

LD_P (author)diegofenner2014-10-03

Thank you!

ooohlaa (author)2014-10-02

I love this idea, so clever. But were do you find such long zippers? My earphones are about 48"???

chandshar (author)ooohlaa2014-10-03

Old sleeping bags are a source of long zips to reuse

LD_P (author)chandshar2014-10-03

This is a great idea! Definitely smart to look around charity stores etc to find items with long zips to upcycle. :)

EllenEmOhPea (author)ooohlaa2014-10-02

zippers can be purchased by the yard.

kakungulu (author)ooohlaa2014-10-02

Apparently, you can by them by the yard:

kakungulu (author)kakungulu2014-10-02


GBK (author)2014-10-03

The idea is fantastic I asked my mother to do it.(she is 90years) now all my cousins want her to doit. Good keeps her occupied

LD_P (author)GBK2014-10-03

I'm glad she's found a new hobby, then! :)

hhnewman (author)2014-10-02

Brilliant in its simplicity!

LD_P (author)hhnewman2014-10-02

Thanks! :)

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