Introduction: Jewelry Travel Organizer
This is an easy one-hour project and/or a great project for a beginner sewist. What is better than a combo of highly practical + perfectly adorable? I made this as a Valentine's Day gift for my daughter but now I want one too. It eliminates the headache of jewelry getting all tangled up with each other when traveling because each piece has its own compartment/pocket.
- 1/4 yard each of 2 different coordinating cotton fabrics
- Fusible interfacing
- Grosgrain ribbon, 1/2" wide
- Sewing Machine
Step 1: Cut Rectangles
Mine were 14"x 10.5". You can make yours any size.
Step 2: Cut Strips for Pockets + Sew
Set aside one of each rectangle and cut the remaining 2 rectangles into strips. Make your strips as narrow or as wide as you would like. You can customize this according to what works for you or your gift recipient.
Turn right sides of fabric facing on your strips.
Sew 1/4" away from the edge along the top and bottom edges of your strips, leaving the ends open.
Press to set the stitches. Turn right side out, then press again.
Step 3: Add Interfacing to Your Lining Back
Step 4: Topstitch Pocket Strips + Sew Pocket Strips on Backing/Lining Fabric
Switch stitch length to a longer stitch length - 3 on my machine - and topstitch along the top edge of each pocket strip.
Then pin these strips to the lining fabric that you interfaced. Baste these strips on along each side/ends, 1/4" away from the edge & remove pins.
Next, set your stitch length back to a normal straight stitch and sew along each bottom edge of pocket strip, as close to the edge as possible.
Step 5: Sew Pocket Compartments
This is the step where you sew the vertical lines of your pockets. You can make these pockets as wide or narrow as you please. What I did was to start with the top row and fold the top line in half to crease enough to see the exact mid-point and then I sewed along this line - back and forth to reinforce. Then I could fold in half those halves on the top row to determine where the 1/4 line should go so I have exact fourths - taking the 1/2" seam allowances on the ends into account (not yet sewn).
Step 6: Add Ribbon for Tie
Cut ribbon about twice the length of your rectangle. Fold this ribbon in half and then pin the folded side along the bottom edge. Don't bother trying 2 ribbons as in pic 1 shown. I seam-ripped them out in favor of the look and practicality of one ribbon in the middle as shown in pic #2. This is a 1/2" wide grosgrain ribbon that ended up looking the best. However, I'm showing view #1 so you can see how I basted them on first, 1/4" away from the edge. The ribbon tie will be sewn in securely when adding the final back. You'll use forward and reverse stitching over the ribbon to make it extra strong... but that comes in the next step.
If you're interested in seeing how the top pocket layer had a lip sewn over
Step 7: Sew Final Backing On
With right pocket side facing the final rectangle's right side, pin all along the edge making sure to leave an opening of about 5-6" on the top edge. I marked this opening with different colored pin heads to remind myself to stop my sewing there.
Sew 1/2" away from the edge all the way around, leaving your opening for turning right side out. Leaving machine needle down when you need to turn corners to allow pivoting without the stitching doing any jumping.
Trim corners without cutting the stitching. Then press your seams and turn right side out. Press again.
Step 8: Sew Up Opening + Add Hanging Loop
Use a ribbon to make a loop that is sizeable enough to hang your organizer on a hook or over a door knob. This will be centered on the top and tucked in the inside of the opening.
Next, sew the opening shut by topstitching as close to the upper edge as possible, also reinforcing the loops by sewing over them a couple times. Then continue topstitching all around the outside edge. That's it!
Step 9: Add Snaps As Desired & Enjoy!
For the wider pockets, you might want to sew a snap (or two) in the middle so that the pocket doesn't sag open nor spill its contents. Pic #1 shows the sagging "before," and Pic #3 the "after."
Voila! You have an adorable jewelry travel organizer. Have organizer, will travel!
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