Just in time for the holidays. Ok, so I”m cutting it pretty close for gift giving.. But I promise you all, this mini jewelry roll is really easy to make. Miniature in size, it is perfect for your handbag or weekend tote.
Put away those ziplock baggies and get sewing!!
This little jewelry roll was inspired by a DIY post from a few months ago. Last August I made a travel jewelry roll, but didn’t provide the DIY steps. Quite a few people commented and emailed asking for the tutorial.. So here it is!
My favorite part? Head on over to my profile at the Pellon Projects website to download the step by step tutorial. The PDF makes it super easy to sew this project.
- 3-4 Fat quarters
- Clear vinyl
- Fusible batting – Pellon TP971 works great
- Double fold bias tape – home made or store bought
- 3 zippers – 7″ wide
- Rotary cutter, cutting mat and quilting ruler
- Disappearing ink pen
- Sewing machine and related supplies
- Iron and ironing board
- Zipper foot – optional
- Cotton balls – optional
A few comments:
- Sewing with vinyl isn’t that hard! No seriously, it isn’t.. When you have the vinyl in your machine, make sure to have a long tail of thread. Hold on the the tail when you start sewing the vinyl. This will help pull the vinyl through your machine.
- Try making your stitch length a little longer. Test out the length on a piece of scrap vinyl.
- Be careful where you place your pins! Pins leave holes in vinyl.. Only pin in the seam allowances
- Struggling with attaching the thin bias tape to the vinyl? Try using a small piece of Wonder Tape under the bias tape. It will hold the tape in place and keep your sanity in check. Easy!
Let’s get started!
- Cut 4 rectangles measuring 8-1/2″ x 11″. Cut 1 from the outer and lining fabrics and 2 from the batting. Fuse the batting to the back side of the outer and lining fabrics.
- Round all corners. Find a circular template and trace using the disappearing ink pen. Cut each corner off.
- Cut 3 strips from the clear vinyl. Cut 2 measuring 3″ x 9″ and 1 measuring 2″ x 9″. Cut 9″ from the double fold bias tape. Place the tape piece along a long edge of the 3″ vinyl strip and stitch down using your sewing machine. Note that this is the bottom pocket piece for the jewelry roll.
- Using a zipper foot, sew each zipper to a vinyl strip. Place the vinyl ON TOP of the zipper tape and against the teeth. Stitch as closely as possibly, make sure that the zipper can still open. All zipper tabs need to pull from the same side.
- Lay vinyl strips onto fabric and stitch each piece down one at at time. Start with the bottom 3″ vinyl strip. Measure 3/4″ from bottom edge and pin down along the zipper tape. Make sure to always sew along the TOP edge of the zipper tape. Double check each time that the pocket can be opened and something can be placed inside. Important!
- Place the lining and the outer fabric wrong sides together.
- Turn over to have outer fabric facing up. Pin the 2 straps at the top edge. Center at the middle. Stitch down with a SMALL 1/4″ seam allowance
- Pin the binding to the side of roll. Raw edges should be aligned. Stitch down with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Leave a 1″ tail at beginning and end. Tuck binding inside the tail and stitch down again. Turn binding to other side of roll to cover raw edges and stitch in place. Ta- Dah!! You’re done!
Ok.. So I missed a few steps.. How to cut the binding.. How to sew the straps.. And why are there cotton balls under the vinyl??
- Click here to see my easy tutorial on cutting binding strips. For this project you need to cut binding 2-1/2″ x 40″
- Click here to see another tutorial on sewing straps. For this project you need to cut a strap 1″ x 70″
- Cotton balls…? YES.. Use cotton balls as place holders for your earrings. Place under the vinyl to help determine the pocket size. Keep inside, place into your sewing machine and topstitch a straight line.
Well that’s it. Let me know if you have any questions. Remember, there is a PDF is available to download over at the Pellon Projects website. This has more detailed steps than above. If you sew this jewelry roll I would love to see images of your completed project. Happy Holidays!