How to carry your bling in style

For those who asked, I just posted the tutorial. Finally!!

I needed a little gift for a friend’s birthday and I did not want it to be anything big, just a little something. And since I generally only see her when one or the other of us is traveling I thought maybe a traveling jewelry pouch might come in handy.

I just love this Lotta Jansdotter fabric as you may have noticed

And since she is also a huge Detroit Tigers fan…  I thought trimming it with orange would be fun. The outside print is plenty busy, I liked this batik style orange to calm it down. It allows me to show off the Woven in Navy pockets that can be used for earrings.

My question was what size did I need? How does a 12″ or 16″ circle translate into usable space? You know what I mean? Well, I’ll tell you what I did.

I cut my outside circle and the orange liner at 15″ round.

The earring pocket circle is made of two circles cut at 10″.

There are three pieces of leftover quilting batting cut at 4″ in the center base to give it some body.

The drawstring stitching lines are 3/4″ and 1 1/2″ down from the finished edge.

I made 1/2″ buttonholes for my 2 24″ ribbons to go through. I used 1/2″ grosgrain ribbon. Buttonholes are not that difficult people. This is a good project to practice them on. You can only see one at a time, not like comparing a whole line marching down the front of a shirt! Get out your manual, you can do it, too!

As for the ribbons, I went with 24″ lengths. They aren’t long enough to open the bag out flat, but open enough for the earring pockets to be seen into. If I went with a longer length they would be too long, in my opinion, when it is drawn closed.

You can see how much I was able to put in this size. The turquoise bubble necklace is *big*.  There are also a couple of big chunky multi-strand necklaces and a string of baroque pearls. And it still closes and is not so big that you can’t toss it into your carry on bag. Just so you know, this size is smaller than the ready made ones, I have seen, by probably 2″ cut.

If you want the bigger size you might try cutting 2 @ 17″, 2 @ 12 ” and your 3 batting scraps @ about 5″. You’ll want your ribbons to be a bit longer too, you’ll have to just draw them through and see what works for you.

Tutorial coming soon. I do believe I need to make one for myself! What about you?!! Let me know if you do!


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18 Responses to How to carry your bling in style

  1. Super cute! I have a pattern for a bag like this but haven’t tried it yet. I think this is the perfect little gift.


  2. Asha says:

    This is so cute … of course we want a tutorial!!! 🙂


  3. Amanda says:

    that is brilliant! I love the earring pockets!


  4. Oh, yes, I’d love a tutorial. I see Christmas presents…and one for me…and Christmas presents…and maybe another for me. 🙂 I’m sure your friend will love it — it’s lovely!


  5. This is so cute and exactly what I need! Please do write a tutorial, I will make one for sure!


  6. Ellie Q says:

    Very cute! I love these! And they are great gifts!


  7. Very clever!! What a great gift idea – and those colours are fantastic!


  8. Jane says:

    Oh my gosh, this is adorable! Thanks for sharing the make details.
    Thanks for linking to TGIFF 🙂


  9. Cindy @ In A Stitch says:

    I think its adorable! What a great gift idea. Perhaps I will have to try one.


  10. CitricSugar says:

    This is a really cute idea! I’ve just finished catching up after being offline for two months… “Tomorrow Morning” is absolutely gorgeous! And I might have to invest in a set of headphones… I’ve never found a good pair that work for me but those ones of yours look awesome.


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  12. Donna says:

    Do you sell these?


  13. Kathryn Rife says:

    I love this little jewelry tote! I follow KatDesign Studio (Kathy Suthland). She makes/sells purse patterns, and she posted the picture of the tote and link to your site. So glad she did.


  14. Gosto muito deste porta-jóias de viagem. Já fiz muitos.


  15. Barb says:

    StudioKat Design as well.


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