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This is my first Instructable and I'll show you how to make a sweet and handy jewelry bag with inside compartments using fabric and sewing supplies. Great for travel and gorgeous on your dresser at home.

Materials needed:
2 fabric pieces size 11" x 11"
2 fabric pieces size 8" x 8"
chord or ribbon, 2 pieces, 30" each

Tools needed:
sewing machine or needle and thread
pencil or pen
something to draw circles with (I'll be using a dinner plate and salad plate but will show alternate methods)
pencil compass or silver dollar

What would you stash in a little bag like this? Maybe sewing kit supplies with a little matching pin cushion in the center. What else?

Step 1: Cut the pieces

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I'll be using different coordinating fabric scraps for each piece. The purple with swirly vines will be the outside of the bag.

Starting with the fabric for the outside of the bag, lay it on the table with wrong side up, place your dinner plate on it and trace around. My dinner plate is 10 5/8" across.

You could also use a pencil compass and make a circle approximately 10 1/2" across.

If you don't have a big enough plate, bowl, or a pencil compass, just cut a strip of cardboard 6 inches long, stick a push-pin in one end and punch a hole 5 1/4" from the pushpin. Anchor the pushpin in the center of your fabric, place a pen or pencil in the hole and, holding the pushpin steady, drag the pencil around in a circle.

Make a second circle the same size, this will be the liner (lime green for mine). Cut them out.

Now repeat to make 2 smaller circles. I used a salad plate that was 7 7/8" across. Or you can punch another hole in the cardboard strip 4" from the pushpin. My fabrics were a different purple and flowery green.
LaviniA1 made it!3 months ago

Dear Chery,

I am a beginner of sewing, I was so glad when I found this tutorial. I tried to make this and just wanted to share the pics with you~Thank you for your awesome tutorial and sharing with everyone!


Is there any way to print this pattern? I don't usually leave my computer on when I'm sewing so I can look at the pics. and instructions. Thanks for your help, Bev

CherylTX (author)  beverley.stoiber11 months ago

Hi Bev. Well, good question. It looks like "pro members" can download a pdf of any instructable for easy printing. I'm not a pro member so I clicked "view all steps" (the grid next to where it says 6 Steps) and that put everything on one long page, but when I right-clicked and clicked print, it looked like several things were overlapped and might not print perfectly. So we might be out of luck there. If you're a real problem-solver (and I tend to see this sort of thing as a challenge), you could copy and paste the instructions and photos into a word document and print. Let me know if you figure anything out.

3n1girl made it!1 year ago

I made the green and blue one first. Everyone that sees the jewelry bag wants me to make one for them. They are very cute. Thank you for the clear instructions.

CherylTX (author)  3n1girl1 year ago

Great job! They're beautiful! Thank you for posting a pic!

asprivul made it!1 year ago

Thank you so much for your instructions! They were very clear and simple to follow (photos helped a lot!!!). I modified my project a bit: I embroidered the outside border with some blue floss and added pearls in the end of the chord. Aija from France.

CherylTX (author)  asprivul1 year ago

I love it! Thank you so much for posting a photo! It made my day :) Love the beaded ribbon pulls and your colors!

hemapradip3 years ago
Thank you so much.. just done making this pouch.. i just love it...
Hema from India :)
CherylTX (author)  hemapradip3 years ago
Aren't they neat little pouches? I'd love to see a photo of yours.
crispy805 years ago
I am also a novice and I've found your project inspiring. Thanx so much!!
Marialaina5 years ago
Please tell me how the ribbon works on the jewelry bag. The instructions don't say if you are supposed to sew the ribbon together or what. mer5@zoominternet.net
CherylTX (author)  Marialaina5 years ago
It's in Step 5. I just knotted the ends of each ribbon (or chord). But you don't tie the two different ribbons to each other. It's basically a drawstring purse (or bag). The two strings work to cinch the bag closed when you pull them and let the opening back out when you pull the bag open. (That seems like a lot of explanation for how a drawstring works, I hope you're not more confused at this point).
lsmoore6 years ago
Thanks so much for the tip about the thread in the bobbin. As a novice beginner, I wouldn't have known that! Can't wait to try this out!
secretsoto6 years ago
love it u inspire me
CherylTX (author)  secretsoto6 years ago
Thank you! Would love to see a photo of yours in a comment if you make one.
I will
lynnaluna6 years ago
My grandmother used to make these. I always wished I'd asked her to teach me. Thanks for the instructable!
CherylTX (author)  lynnaluna6 years ago
You're very welcome; I'm glad it'll be useful to you!