Thursday, April 8, 2010

Have jewels, will travel: A travel jewelry case tutorial

***Yes this post is long, but if you make it through there's a GIVEAWAY at the bottom!****

So now that you've been making beaded necklaces all week you need a place to store and tote them in right? Don't worry, I've got you covered.

When I was a teenager my sweet sewing Mom made me a travel jewelry case. I loved it. I still love it.



At the time I loved it so much that I somehow talked my Mom into making more of them for me to give to my friends as Christmas presents. I think most of those friends still use them today, if they don't they should dig them out because they were fabulous gifts, made by a very sweet Mom. I'm not sure what I'd say if my teenager announced that she needed me to mass produce my love so she could spread it around to her friends. Lucky for me my Mom was kind and obliging. I'm pretty sure I didn't help much beyond picking out the fabric that I liked. That's about how much I sewed in those days. So when I was reflecting on this jewelry case the other day I asked my Mom if she would help me do a tutorial so we could spread that love even further. Of course my Mom said, "sure," (I think one of these days she should tell me no, but for some reason I have a gift for talking people into things).

So when I was digging through my stash of fabric to use to make this travel jewelry case tutorial I came across two quilted place mats that I had bought on clearance at Kohl's a few years ago. I do that: find something on clearance, buy it, and think, "hmm I could use this for something." (These pics are of the front and back of the place mats.)



And then often times my clearance finds just get added to my craft/fabric "stash" and forgotten about. But even if it's forgotten about for a time it doesn't usually go unused for eternity. So what am I getting at here? I decided to do a tutorial making a quilted fabric jewelry case out of these quilted fabric place mats, cutting time and cost to a minimum while giving maximum results (I want to say these place mats were around $1.50 each when I bought them). I even like the size of these jewelry cases (they are quite a bit larger than the one my Mom originally made) as most of what I wear to accessorize these days is somewhat big and chunky (no big and chunky jokes please, take solace in knowing that I'm making them up in my own head as I type).

So where were we? (I never make a long story short, sorry.) Oh ya, here's a quilted jewelry travel case that I think you'll love, and I know I already do.



It has a big pocket for all of your necklaces and bracelets, and a long ring pillow of sorts for your rings.



You can also pin brooches or earrings onto the front of it.




So great, right? Want to make one of your very own? I'll show you how. And don't even begin to be intimidated by this project. It is so crazy easy, if you can sew a straight seam you can make this, and I used velcro all over this thing, so no zippers involved.

So first of all you're going to need one quilted place mat, and lots of velcro. I loved that this place mat has horizontal lines on the inside because I just lined my velcro up on those lines. But you'll just have to play with your place mat and fold it to see just how you'll want it to fit. Basically I sewed two long strips of fabric about an inch in on each side of my place mat and about 1/3 of the way down.



Pin those pieces of velcro in place and then sew around the perimeter making sure to back stitch so that your velcro will hold.

When you've got your top two pieces of velcro sewed on, sew their counterparts onto the bottom of your place mat so that they will line up when you fold the place mat up (this is making your big pocket).



Somehow I didn't get a great picture of this next step, but now you want to sew a smaller strip of velcro across the very top, in the middle, this will be your closure. Then you want to sew it's counterpart onto the opposite side of the place mat. You'll need to fold it up in order to be sure where to put this. Here are two pics that show the pieces that I'm talking about (ignore the strip of fabric that is across the place mat for now).



Now you're ready to sew up the sides. Since it's a place mat your seams are already nice and finished, so simply sew up the edges, I sewed right on the inside of the binding. Do this to both sides.

Now it's time to make our ring pillow thingy. I can't think of a word for it, ring holder? Anyway you want to cut a two and a half inch strip of fabric that coordinates with your place mat, you need to make it 2 1/2 inches wide and about the length of the width of your place mat. Then fold it vertically, right sides together and pin.



Now sew a straight seam across the edge of your tube. Leave the top open, but when you get to the end turn the corner and sew across the bottom, so that the bottom of the tube is sewn shut.



Always be sure and back stitch so that your seams don't come open. Now find a knitting stick (thing? needle, I obviously don't knit) or I use a drum stick (I don't drum either) or a pencil, any sort of long stick, and push your tube back through itself until the fabric is on the right side and your seams are on the inside.



You can scrunch the tube along your long stick until it's ready to turn. Then pull it through.



Now you're ready to stuff your tube. I just use Fiberfill from Wal-Mart of JoAnn's. You'll need to use your stick to stuff the Fiberfill as well, this is somewhat tricky as the tube is rather narrow. But don't worry about stuffing until it's jam packed, you just need enough to give your rings a soft pillow. Once your tube is stuffed you'll want to tuck the ends in, and pin it onto your jewelry case.



Now you're ready to sew your ring pillow on. Make sure you back stitch!



Okay now you'll need to hand sew a snap onto the opposite side of the pillow tube so that your rings won't fall off of it.

We used these vintage snaps because that's what my Mom had on hand. But I'm sure you can find a modern day equivalent at the fabric store.



Just test out where you want the snap to go on each part, and sew in place the same way you might do with a button. Easy, right? Guess what? You're done! Now that wasn't so bad, right?



Just think of all the fun places you and your jewelry can now travel. The possibilities are endless.

Now do you remember way back in the beginning of this post when I said that I had two place mats? Well I made two jewelry cases. One for me, and one for you! So I'm going to hold a giveaway for the second travel jewelry case.

All you have to do to enter is become a follower on my blog (on the sidebar), and then leave me a shout out in the comment section letting me know that you did that, and where you plan to take your jewels this Summer. If you're already a follower, then just let me know that you're already a follower.

And, bonus, for two more chances to enter just tell two of your friends to also become followers, and then report back in the comment section (with two seperate comments) and tell me who your two friends are. So you can enter up to three times!

I'll leave this giveaway open from now until Mondy April 12. I'm not going to say a time because I'm not very good at keeping to a time, but I'll probably announce a winner (that will be chosen by random.org) sometime Monday afternoon. Good luck, tell your friends, and remember if you don't win this you can make your own!

30 comments:

Steph said...

You are really tempting me on the neighbor idea with all your crafting! I love everything! Of course, I am a follower of yours!!

Steph said...

I think you are the one who took the picture on my blogger account. That should account for something!

Claire said...

I've been a lurker for at least 2 years! I'm coming out in the open now. I'm a follower :) Love your blog. Love your creations. Taking my jewels with me to the States this summer. (We're South Africans living in the Netherlands).

janimal said...

What a fun and cute tutorial. New follower!

Jenglamgirl said...

This is a great idea, darling too. I love that its cloth and won't scratch anything. CUTE RINGS AS WELL! K~ I will follow you, and would love for you to follow my craft blog.. Craft~o~maniac.blogspot.com..have a good one, JGG

Sugar Bananas said...

It looks like the placemat was made JUST for this! What a great idea. I'm still oogling over your gorgeous rings :) Thanks for sharing.

I'm here from FTC and I'll be back since I'm now following!

-Sarah

~Cari said...

I am officially a follower now, although you are at the top of my google reader list. I can't sew or make anything, or at least I don't have the guts to try. Your tutorials are great though- they almost convince me to give a few things a try :) I have made your cake mix cookies quite a few times- the carrot cake mix with cream cheese frosting is my fave! Anyways, I will try to get a few friends to follow your blog and maybe, just maybe, I will win! (I'm heading to NYC in May so I could really use this!)

Katie's Nesting Spot said...

Love the pink and green, thanks for all the great photos and clear step by step directions. Really love it! I will be taking my jewels around the the various Great Lakes. We usually weekend on both sides of the mitten, i.e. MI during the summer. Love your tutes, and how the fabulous necklaces came out in your previous posts and following now☺ I love crafting, but mainly papercrafts, I need help and lots of directions to do most of things.

hendywow said...

Wow Sista! You are creating quite the brand for yourself,Please let's name it "Fancy Nancy"!!!

Toria said...

I've been following you since the beginning! I'm loving where you're heading with your blog- you amaze me. I'll try to send some traffic your way.

why don't you take your traveling jewelry round the world? we have some space for you!?!

Lisalulu said...

i just found you and wow, love love love your blog and all your bits of information!!! glad you share your talents!

Estee said...

These are so cute! I wish I could sew :(

I'm a follower :)

Courtney said...

I guess this was before I was your friend.

Alaa said...

OMG these are amazing
i would like u to email me some of the cake and cupcake recipes plz
my collage email is 14aaas@qf.org.qa
thankz

Lynn Osborne said...

Very cool! I made a jewelry roll that was WAAAAYYYY more complicated than this! And yours is prettier too! Thanks for the chance to win!

alissa said...

This is beautiful - what a great giveaway! I'm a follower!

Alissa

Molly said...

I found your blog through my friends Wendy and Toni - your stuff is so cute! I am about to make a case for my i touch liek the one you made for your phone. So fun. Yours is the first blog I have become a follower of but I had to do it - this jewelry case is so cute! Thanks! Molly

Laura said...

I am a follower NAncy. I always was but now it is official. I can't wait to take my jewels to the carribean for our tenth anniv. This year.

Rebecca Irvine said...

I am a devoted follower.

Fawn Becker said...

I'm a follower :)

Dawn said...

You gave me one of these YEARS ago and I loved it! I could use another one:) I lOVE your blog!!

The Mommalogues said...

I love it! If I win I may need to hide it from my daughter because I know shed love it too! Thanks for the tutorial! I'm already a follower! :) Fingers Crossed this will soon be mine! LOL!

Lynette said...

I'm a follower! Love this idea! If I were to win, I'd be taking my jewels to see my sister graduate from high school.

Mindy Kuen said...

hello there! I have signed on to follow your blog (after finding that super-cute flower tutorial!) and my timing is great, because now you have a giveaway too!
thanks! Mindy

The Lambert's said...

I just became a follower, I wanted to read about your necklace tutorial then saw you were having a giveway! Exciting!

pam said...

O.K. I signed up to be a follower. I hope I did it right. Anyways, great tutorial!

Stacey @ Fun to Craft said...

What a cute idea!! I love that. I always worry about losing my jewelry when traveling and this would totally help! Thanks for sharing at 'Look at me, I'm SO Crafty!' at Fun to Craft!!

billiemonster said...

Omigosh! Why didn't I think of this! haha. I definitely have to add this to my must-do list! I'm your newest follower! www.billiemonster.com

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Pearl Blay said...

The roll for rings is particularly clever! Okay to feature and link your tutorial in a future blog post so others can come visit?

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