Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Jewelry Pouch - Tutorial

I got a neat book at the library yesterday that had all sorts of organizational items to sew. I came across a cute jewelry pouch that seemed easy enough to make. I didn’t like a few of the things that it suggested so I changed it up a bit and added a couple of things too. I also learned a way to sew a zipper that I never want to use again!

You’ll need your cast of characters (a.ka. materials):

001 Cut 1 of each:
14” x 7” piece of fusible fleece
14” x 7” piece of fabric
6.5” x 7” piece of fabric
2.5” x 7” piece of fabric
3.5” x 7” piece of fabric
4.5” x 7” piece of fabric
8.5” x 7” piece of fabric

4” x 6” piece of fabric
5.25” x 6” piece of fabric
5” Zipper (I used a 6” one and cut it donn)
4” velcro
42” double-fold bias tape, .5” wide
24” of grosgrain ribbon

Once your pieces are cut out it’s time to start!

Take your 8.5” x 7” piece and fold back along one side of the 7” side, 1/2” and press with iron. Now attach your zipper along the this edge using your zipper foot. Next take your 6.5” x 7” piece and fold back along on side of the 7” side, 1/2” and press with iron. Attach this piece to the other side of the zipper. Unfortunately I do not have a picture of this “easy” way to attach a zipper because I decided to try the way the book showed to attach the zipper. Something about basting then attaching the zipper along the baste then take the baste out and voila your zipper is there… um no it was not that easy!

Anyway here is the zipper attached the “hard” way ---
I seriously should have just done it the easy way, they way I already knew how but I thought I’d try a new trick… and I failed miserably. I think the zipper looks horrible! But oh well!

Now round the four corners. Set aside for a minute.

Now take your 3 pieces (

2.5” x 7”, 3.5” x 7”, 4.5” x 7”) and turn and press under 1/4” twice down one of the 7” sides.

Now top stitch each piece using 1/8" seam allowance.

Now take the piece with the zipper and place the largest piece at the bottom (the bigger/bottom side), then place the medium piece on top of that piece and finally the smallest piece on top of that.

Using 1/4” seam allowance sew the sides and bottom sides of the three pockets.
Now round the corners.
Next mark lines on the pockets at 2”, 3.5” and 5”. And sew along those lines.

Set this piece aside.  Time to work on the small jewelry pocket.

Take the 6” x 5.25” piece of fabric and turn under and press 1/2” on three sides.  Turn under and press 1/4” then 1/2” on the remaining 6” side.  Topstitch with a 3/8” seam on the top edge.

Now to attach the velcro piece.  Center and pin the velco (the hard part) to the top of the pocket.  Sew in place.

Set aside.  We are going to work on the top flap of the pocket. 
Take the 4” x 6” piece of fabric and pin the velcro (the soft part) 1/2” from the bottom making sure it’s centered.  Now fold the flap in half with the right sides together (the velcro is ‘inside’ now).  Round the corners and stitch the sides and down to the center making sure to leave a 2” gap so that you can turn it.  Cut excess bulk before turning.



Make sure that the opening is closed and top stitch all the way around the flap.

Now take the piece with the zipper and small pockets and make sure that the smaller part of fabric is at the top and the pockets are on the bottom.  Pin the pocket to the fabric above the zipper, 1/2” above the zipper making sure it’s centered.  Sew it on using an 1/8” seam allowance.
Next take your (small) pocket flap and lay it on the velcro make sure it lines up correctly.  Using a 1/8” seam topstitch it in place.
***I realized that this is where I should have added a lining to the zipper pocket since I had added the fusible fleece.  So you can cut out a piece of fabric that fits from top of the zipper to 1/2” below the top pocket.  Stitch in place at the top of the zipper.***

Now place this piece on top of the piece with the fusible fleece, wrong sides together.  Sew all the way around using 1/4” seam allowance


Now to make the bottom of the zipper pocket, stitch along the top of the small earring pockets making sure not to touch the pockets.

Sew the bias tape around the edges of the bag.

Last thing we have to do is attach the ribbon.
Turn jewelry bag over and center the ribbon on the end with the earring pockets with 8 inches hanging off the edge.  Stitch in place making sure it’s centered.
037  Now fill it up with cute jewelry and go on vaca!

I love it!  Does it look familiar?  Well it should!  I made it with the same fabric as the flat iron pouch I made!  I like how it looks like a set!  Now I need to make a makeup pouch and I’ll be set!


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