How to velvet line jewelry boxes

Written by louise harding
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Velvet: the sumptuous fabric of kings and queens. It evokes images of posh surroundings and aristocratic environments, and has been valued for thousands of years. According to Karen Brandon, a textile fabric consultant, "Velvet has in fact been around as early on as 2000BC. The Egyptians were documented using a technique similar to the one that is utilised today in velvet production." Happily, lining a jewellery box with this plush material is a practical project, so you can easily indulge yourself and protect your valuables with the luxury of velvet.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Tape Measure
  • Jewellery box
  • Scissors
  • Self-adhesive velvet sheets
  • Craft knife

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  1. 1

    Measure the bottom width and length of the jewellery box to be lined, as well as the width and length of each inner side. Don't assume every side measures the same. Allow for variances occurring in manufacturing. Write down all of the measurements.

  2. 2

    Use scissors to cut sections matching the box's dimensions from self-adhesive sheets of velvet.

  3. 3

    Line the bottom of the box first. Peel the backing from the self-adhesive velvet and position the piece.

  4. 4

    Press the velvet firmly onto the box, making sure to push the edges into any crevices or corners. If there are any overlaps or jagged areas, trim them with a craft knife.

  5. 5

    Position the rest of the velvet pieces one by one in the same way, fully completing each section before moving on to the next..

Tips and warnings

  • A Popsicle stick or burnishing roller can help smooth the velvet into place or push it into small, hard-to-reach areas.
  • Covering a divider in the box can be done seamlessly by measuring the side, over the top and down the other side. Place the self-adhesive velvet over the top of the divider and smooth the sides down with your hand. Trim any excess with a craft knife.

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