Handmade fabric jewellery cases come in handy for travel or at-home purposes. Cases for jewellery storage make practical gifts and can be personalised for the gift recipient with fabric to suit her taste. Most fabric jewellery cases require sewing, either by hand or by machine, and some projects require the use of a glue gun.
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Felt Envelope Pouch
Use a pointed flap envelope template (cut off side flaps) to cut your felt. Fold a piece of 4-inch wide by 12-inch long felt in half. Then, adjust the fold so that 4 inches of felt form a rectangle above the double layers. Pin the left and right sides together. Cut the 4-inch rectangle into a triangle to form the "flap" of the envelope. Hand sew the sides by using a whip stitch or blanket stitch Resources with yarn or embroidery floss (or zigzag on machine). Use adhesive hook and loop circles as closures. Press an adhesive hook circle under the "point" of the envelope, and fold the flap closed. Align a loop circle with the hook circle above, and press the adhesive to the felt. Glue or hand sew a tassel, button, bow or other embellishment on top of the point on the envelope flap.
Felt Travel Earring Case
This earring case looks like a book with a felt cover. The two inside "pages" are cross-stitch fabric. Use a sewing machine on a tight zigzag stitch to hem the edges of a 2 1/4-inch wide by 4 1/4-inch long rectangle of cross-stitch fabric. Center the hemmed cross-stitch rectangle over a 3-inch wide by 5 1/4-inch long felt rectangle so there is an inch of felt exposed surrounding the cross-stitch fabric. Sew a vertical line down the centre, joining the two fabrics like a book. Push earring posts through the holes in the cross-stitch fabric, securing the earring with the back on the opposite side of the fabric. Close the case. Use a hole punch to punch a hole 1/2 inch from the centre outside edges. Feed a 5-inch ribbon through the holes and tie in a bow to close.
Fabric-Covered Cigar Box Case
Cigar boxes can be wood or heavy paperboard. Covering a cigar box with batting and fabric, such as flannel, makes a nice jewellery storage case. Measure the box top from front to back and multiply this by two. Measure the box top from side to side and add 1 inch. Cut batting to the exact top measurements. Cut fabric to the modified measurements so the fabric is large enough to wrap over and under the top. Glue the batting to the top with a glue gun or with fabric glue. Wrap the fabric over the batting, gluing it beneath the box top, folding the side edges in 1/2 inch so no raw edges are exposed. Glue the fabric to the back top edge of the back side. Next, cut fabric to the width plus 1/2 inch and length plus 1/2 inch of the box bottom. Glue it to the bottom of the box, wrapping the extra fabric up over the box sides. Measure the box continuously around the four outside sides and add 1 inch. Measure the height of the sides and add 1 inch. Cut batting to the exact height and continuous measurement of the sides. Cut fabric to the modified height and continuous side measurements. Glue batting around the four sides of the box. Fold the edges of the fabric strip under so there are no raw edges and glue it around the box sides. Fold the back edge under 1/2 inch and glue it to the fabric beneath it. Cut adhesive velvet to the exact dimensions of the inside box sides and bottom and press into place.
Use your favourite jewellery roll pattern and cotton, flannel or reversible quilted cotton fabric to sew a fabric jewellery roll case. You will need notions such as pins, hook and loop tape, zippers or snaps, depending on the pattern you select. Ribbons, such as satin or grosgrain, or bias tape can be used as the roll ties. Clear vinyl is a good choice for the inside pockets of the roll if you wish to see the jewellery stored within the case. Jewellery rolls are best sewn on a sewing machine for uniformity and quickness.
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