This is a handy way to protect your jewelry while you travel and keep it all from tangling or getting scuffed. There is a place to hang necklaces, pin broaches or other pin type jewelry, tie your bracelets, and keep both small and large earrings. I filled mine up to give you an idea of how it packs. Also, I made this all from scrap!
Scraps of novelty fabric for cover
First I have created 2 PDF files you will need to print out. One is the shape of Pattern A with the measurements and two is Patterns B-G which contains the measurements of all other patterns you will need to create and actual size patterns for the earring pockets. Once you have this, create all of your patterns using wrapping tissue, newspaper, whatever you have. I prefer a waxy wrapping tissue.
From the cover fabric and interfacing, cut one of patterns D, F, and G. The lining fabric will be cut using patterns A, B, C, F, and G. Last, cut batting pieces from pattern E and by folding pattern C in half. Following manufacturers directions, iron the interfacing to the wrong side of all cover fabric pieces.
Take all pocket pieces (F and G) and pin wrong sides out. Hem the top and the bottom (short sides). Fold right side out and press. Trim edges to seam.
Fold right side out, pushing corners back into points. Press this flat and you now have an envelope pocket. Do this for both the large and small pockets, then set them aside for later.
Now we will create a sandwich for the bottom necklace cushion.
Press again and then stitch across the bottom of the main section, top of the panel you just created to make an easy bend for folding this piece in when completed.
Matching pattern to piece A, place a pin vertically as a guide for stitching
the machine quilting. You can use a wax pencil and draw in lines, but
since this is such dark fabric I used, I was afraid of staining. These
guides will also be used in the next step which is attaching all of the
Double knot each to cover the stitches. Use a bow to attach bracelets or rings to these ribbons. Finally, pin the pockets to the last panel. From the back, sew the pockets down, placing fingers inside to ensure that you don't sew the pocket shut.
Now you are ready to attach the final piece of lining. Pin right sides together of piece A and B. Hem 1/4" across top, down right, and across bottom. Cut diagonally across corners and trim close to seam. Turn right side out and press. Gently guide the batting piece into the newly formed pocket.
Now sew the loop side of the Velcro to the opposite side of the cover piece. Edge stitch it in place on the right side up. Finally, fold in the right side and the bottom of the necklace holder. On every side of the cover piece, turn in to make the raw edge of the cover match the raw edge of the lining. Press. Fold this piece over the lining and hem all the way around, just inside the edge. Yes you want this hem to go over the places you folded in.
That's it. Snap in necklaces, tie them down. Tie in rings and bracelets. Put small earrings in top pocket, larger in the bottom. Fold over and fold again. Fold up the necklace strip and fold once again. Velcro shut and take a trip!
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