Friday, 13 February 2009

Jewellery roll tutorial

I've finally got around to making up another jewellery roll to write that tutorial. It's a nice easy project and doesn't require too much fabric - just 3 contrasting fat quarters. I'd love to know if you make one, so please do share any links to photographs. And just drop me a line if anything seems unclear or if you spot a mistake! Click on any of the photos to enlarge.

3 fat quarters of co-ordinating cotton prints for the exterior, lining and pocket linings of your jewellery roll
2 7 inch zips
Grosgrain ribbon for the ties
1/2 yard of fusible fleece
1/2 yard medium weight fusible interfacing
1/2 yard heavy sew-in interfacing (a soft variety like Vilene's heavy sew-in rather than a stiff interfacing)
1 snap fastener
A small amount of stuffing for the ring holder
1 spool of co-ordinating thread

1 Cut out the following pieces

Cut 1 rectangle 12.5 inches by 9.5 inches from the heavy sew-in interfacing.

Cut 2 lengths of grosgrain ribbon approx 16 inches long each.

For the exterior of the jewellery roll cut 1 rectangle 12.5 inches tall by 9.5 inches wide from the cotton print and 1 from fusible fleece.

For the lining cut 1 rectangle 12.5 inches tall by 9.5 inches wide and 1 from medium weight fusible interfacing.

For the zipped pocket linings cut 4 rectangles 6 inches tall by 8.5 inches wide from the fabric and the medium weight fusible interfacing.

Cut 1 rectangle of the same fabric as the pocket linings 8.5 inches by 2.5 inches.

Fuse the interfacing to the fabrics following the manufacturer's directions.

2 Make the opening for the zipped pockets

Take the lining fabric piece and position two of the rectangles of pocket lining fabric centrally on top, right sides facing. Mark out a central rectangle 7 inches wide by 1/2 inch tall on each of the pocket linings approximately 1/2 inch from the top of each, as shown. Stitch around the rectangles you have marked.

Next, you will need to cut an opening for the zipper teeth. Mark the line as shown and then cut the opening, taking care not to cut through the stitching.

Turn the pocket linings through to the back of the lining through the opening you have just cut. Press the pocket linings so that you end up with a neat rectangular opening in the fabrics - you will need a bit of steam and plenty of patience, but should end up with something looking like this:

3 Insert the zip and finish the pockets

With the lining (grey fabric) facing up, place the zips in position behind the openings you have made and pin at each end to hold in place so that the zipper teeth are positioned centrally within the opening. With your zipper foot attached, sew around each of the rectangular openings in turn, as close to the edge as possible. Remove the pins as you sew.

Having inserted both the zips, flip the lining piece over so that you have the two pocket linings facing up, then place the additional 2 pocket lining pieces on top of each, right sides facing, and pin in place. Stitch all the way around the edge of each of the pocket linings in turn with a seam allowance of approximately 3/8 inch. Be careful to fold the lining fabric out of the way as you stitch so that you are sewing the pocket linings together only, and not sewing through the lining fabric. (the image shows the first pocket stitched, and the second pinned in place prior to stitching).

4 Make the ring holder

Fold the 8.5 x 2.5 inch rectangle of fabric in half widthways with right sides together. Stitch a 1/4 inch seam around the top and long side edge as shown. Clip the corner. Turn the fabric using a turning tool so that right sides face out.

Stitch a rectangle of stitching at the closed end of the ring holder piece (the snap fastener will be positioned here) then stuff the ring holder right up to the line of stitching leaving around an inch of fabric free at the other end.

Turn the unfinished ends of the ring holder to the inside then attach the ring holder piece to the lining fabric around an inch in from the edge and halfway between the two zipped pockets making a rectangle of stitches for strength. Be careful to flip the pocket linings out of the way at the back of the piece so that you don't catch them in the stitching.

Attach the two sides of the snap to the lining fabric and the ring holder piece so that the ring holder will lie straight across the width of the lining piece when attached (I find a good clout with a rolling pin works well in the absence of a hammer).

Press the lining piece again at this point as it will have been manhandled quite a lot with the making of the pockets and fixing the snaps. Then position the two lengths of ribbon, right sides facing centrally at the bottom of the lining piece (I've looped the ribbon behind the ring holder to keep it out of the way of the stitching). You should end up with something like this:

5 Assemble the jewellery roll exterior and lining

Layer up the following pieces: heavy sew-in interfacing, lining fabric right side facing up (so that the pocket lining pieces are directly on top of the heavy sew-in interfacing), exterior fabric with the wrong side up, The ribbon will be trapped between the right sides of the lining and exterior fabrics. Pin in place so that nothing shifts then sew a 1/4 inch seam all the way around the rectangle, rounding the corners if desired, leaving a turning gap of 5 inches or so on one side. Reinforce the spot where the ribbon is attached by sewing backwards and forwards over it. I used a walking foot, which eliminates any puckering when sewing through so many layers.

Trim any excess fabric from the seam allowance then turn right side out.

Press the jewellery roll again, then make a line of topstitching all the way around using a walking foot if you have one (this will close the turning gap you left) as close to the edge of the jewellery roll as possible.

Ta-da - you're finished and should have something that looks like this:

I hope all this makes sense - just let me know if not.
Happy sewing!


  1. Thank you for doing this tut! Its great and I will def. have to try to make one :D

  2. Oh tutorials are such hard work aren't they? This looks wonderful and what a superb gift idea!

  3. Graet tutorial. Would make an Ideal Mother's Day gift...may have to give it a go.

  4. What a wonderful tutorial!
    Thank you so much for sharing :D It would be great for gifts as well as for myself (my jeweleries are in complete mess at the moment) and I will definitely refer it back again.
    Hope you have a great weekend!

  5. Oooh Helen! What a wonderful tutorial. Is the plain grey fabric from the new Amy Butler Solids collection? It looks so lovely. x

  6. Thank you for this - I could do with one of these to organise my bits and pieces with.

  7. Hi Helen!

    Thank you for this lovely tutorial. I will add it to my long list of Craft To Dos.


  8. what a great tut. Where do you get your fabrics from? I live in Se and there are very few fabric outlets in sussex/Kent that have such excellent fabrics as your's.

  9. This is a brilliant tutorial. Very clear and easy to understand. I do love the jewelery pouch...I might make this for my girlfriend who loves her bling.

  10. Fab tutorial - will have to have a go at this some time (if I ever get the time that is). Cheers!

  11. Fabulous! I've been looking for a pattern like this for years and years. Thanks so much for sharing. (Found you via Sew Mama Sew!)

  12. Thank you for a wonderful tutorial. I think jewellery rolls make a lovely birthday present.

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  14. love it. simple and quite necessary. thanks. I did a similar one for a sewing roll.
    thank you

  15. Great tutorial, I might use it to make a present for a friend this Christmas! :) x

  16. Made it this weekend as Xmas gift for my daughter. Pattern is absolutely fabulous, best one I've seen anywhere, thank you so much for posting. Good size to hold plenty of items - also made matching make up bag and still had fabric left over to make embellishments. Make it, you won't be disappointed!

  17. The most fab tutorial i could find on the net!! Whipped my jewellery roll up last night in red and white polka dot exterior and interior fabric. Plain white ring roll and pockets and super cute red vintage button as had no domes. Love it - cheers.

  18. nice jewelry roll!!! this is my 2nd sewing project done (1st one was a fleece hat for my son). the result is not as beautiful as yours, but it was a great experience and will try again!
    Thanks, great tutorial!

  19. Just made this for a friend's birthday! Thank you for a Fab tutorial!!

  20. thank you so much for a brilliant tutorial! I was struggling for inspiration for my friend's birthday and with these really great instructions I have produced a unique gift for her!


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