Thursday, May 1, 2014

Travel Jewelry Case DIY

I love making hand-made gifts for the special people in my life.  This little travel jewelry case makes a wonderful Mother's Day gift.  Make one for your mom, grandma, sister, or friend.  Really though, who wouldn't adore getting one of these pretty cases for their birthday or for Christmas?

Supplies you will need:
  • Cotton fabric (I used three coordinating fabrics)
  • Thread
  • Quilt batting
  • Pillow batting (fiber fill)
  • Snap
  • Lace
  • Ribbon
  • Velcro
  • Button
Let me tell you some of my tricks for getting craft supplies on the cheap.  I go to the thrift store and buy throw pillows for between $.50 and 2.00 and use the batting for small projects like this one.  I also always check out the crafting aisle at the thrift store for things like zippers, snaps, buttons, Velcro, trim, lace, and ribbons.  It is so exciting to find brand new items for much cheaper than you can buy them at the fabric store.  I keep all of the fabric and batting scraps from my other projects and save them for things like this.  When I visit my favorite quilt shop, Suppose I always like to look through their scrap pile and get gorgeous fabrics for next to nothing. 

Cutting your fabric:
  • Cut one piece of fabric 12x7 inches (this is my gray and white polka dot fabric)
  • Cut one piece of fabric 7x7 inches for the smaller pocket (this is my orange fabric)
  • Cut one piece of fabric 8x7 inches for the Velcro pocket (this is also my orange fabric)
  • Cut one piece of fabric 2.5x7 inches for the ring holder (again my orange fabric)
  • Cut one piece of fabric 8x7 inches for the outside of the case (this is my orange, white, and gray floral fabric)
  • Cut one piece of fabric 4.5x7 inches for the outside of the case (this is my orange, white, and gray floral fabric)
  • Cut one piece of lace 5.5 inches long 
 Assembling your case: 
(all seam allowances are 1/4 inch)

Fold the smaller pocket in half, wrong sides together to make a 3.5x 7 inch square and press:

Fold in half again and press to make a crease to sew along.  Lay the pocket fabric on one end of the large (12x7 inch) piece of fabric with the folded end facing the middle.  Sew through all layers of the fabric, making two small pockets.  I feel like this sounds confusing so please refer to the photo below:

Fold the larger pocket in half, wrong sides together to make a 4x7 inch square and press.  Sew your soft piece of Velcro to the folded edge of this pocket:

Sew the hard piece of Velcro to the other end of the large (12x7 inch) piece of fabric.  I did not take a photo of this step but look at the picture below for help:

Fold the 2.5x7 ring holder fabric in half with right sides together and sew down the long side:

Sew across one of the short ends of the ring holder:

Turn right-side out:

Attach your snap to the ring holder and the large inside piece of fabric:

I just love these snaps, they remind me of the cowboy shirts my grandpa used to wear.  I found two packages of them at the thrift store for $.50!

Fill the ring holder with fiber fill and attach to the large inside piece of fabric.  Attach the lace to the inside piece of fabric:

Fold the 4.5x7 inch piece of fabric in half and crease or make a mark.  I used a piece of double-sided tape to hold my ribbon in place.  This ribbon will wrap around the button to hold your case closed.  I did not include a length on this because it will depend on the size of button you choose and where you place the button:

Lay the 8x7 inch piece of fabric on top of the 4.5x7 inch fabric with right-sides together and sew them together:

Attach your button to the outer piece of fabric.  Sandwich a piece of quilt batting between the outer and inner pieces and pin in place:

Get excited because you are almost finished!  Now you need to bind your jewelry case.  You can use bias tape or bind with one of your three coordinating fabrics.  Follow this awesome video tutorial for help with binding.  Here is another great quilt binding tutorial.  

I ended up making one of these lovely cases for several family members (and of course, one for me).  They are so fun and easy to make and I love that I can use my gorgeous left-over fabric.

Who would you make one of these pretty cases for?


  1. Wow!! This is a gorgeous travel case!!! I love all about it! Pinned! Thanks for sharing this great tutorial!
    Have a wonderful weekend!
    Hugs from Portugal,
    Ana Love Craft

  2. Wow, you did an awesome job - it looks fantastic! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  3. Such a clever idea! My mother-in-law would love this for when she travels to visit us! I'm so glad I found your post through the Titus 2 Tuesday link party!

  4. this turned out great! Thanks for linking up to the Block Party

  5. Hey! It's Deonna from the Child at Heart blog! I came over from Dream to Reality and loved your features. This jewelry case is so cute...I pinned it to my "Sewing for Beginners" board :)

  6. What a fantastic sewing project! I love it!

  7. Such a great idea! I was just thinking about how practical and yet FUN a travel jewelry case would make as a gift idea...and now I have an awesome tute to follow!

  8. I've been looking for a good jewellery roll tutorial and I'm really happy I've now found one! The lace is a great idea! Thanks :)

  9. Such a pretty Jewelry case. Thank you for sharing :)

  10. This tutorial seems so much easier to follow & easier to make than other complicated tutorials here on Pinterest. Thanks~

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