Jewelry bag with inside compartments

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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?
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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.
asprivul made it!5 days 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.

hemapradip1 year ago
Thank you so much.. just done making this pouch.. i just love it...
Hema from India :)
CherylTX (author)  hemapradip1 year ago
Aren't they neat little pouches? I'd love to see a photo of yours.
crispy803 years ago
I am also a novice and I've found your project inspiring. Thanx so much!!
Marialaina4 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.
CherylTX (author)  Marialaina3 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).
lsmoore4 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!
secretsoto4 years ago
love it u inspire me
CherylTX (author)  secretsoto4 years ago
Thank you! Would love to see a photo of yours in a comment if you make one.
I will
lynnaluna4 years ago
My grandmother used to make these. I always wished I'd asked her to teach me. Thanks for the instructable!
CherylTX (author)  lynnaluna4 years ago
You're very welcome; I'm glad it'll be useful to you!

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