Additional Links to visit

Friday, October 30, 2009

Jewelry Roll Tutorial

Hope you enjoy making this jewelry roll for when you travel and hopefully it keeps everything from becoming a tangled mess. Please let me know if you make one and please do share pictures.

Also if you have any suggestions as to how to make any improvements I am open to suggestions.

Shown rolled or folded in 1/3's

Sample with a few necklaces. Notice the one with out a clasp. Just attach with a knot. (Forget what kind it is called)


(1) Fat Quarter Outside Fabric (does not allow for any error in cutting)

(1) Fat Quarter Lining Fabric
** (I used Kona cotton "snow", can't really tell right side from wrong side. If using other fabric with obvious right/wrong side you will need to make a separate pocket rather than fold fabric up. Instructions included below)

(1) piece of batting 9" x 16-1/2"

7" zipper or larger

36" - 40" Ribbon

Marking pen - blue water soluble or if using dark fabric a white pencil which allows marks to be removed.


Cut (1) outside fabric 9" x 16-1/2"

From outside fabric or another complimentary fabric cut (1) piece for binding lower pockets section 1-1/4" x 16-1/2".

From outside fabric or complimentary fabric cut (1) piece 2-1/4" x 16-1/2" for the hanger piece at top of roll.

Cut (1) lining fabric 12-1/2" x 16-1/2" if using fabric right/wrong side not noticeable. Otherwise cut (1) inside fabric 9" x 16-1/2" and cut (1) 3-1/4" x 16-1/2".

For lined zippered pocket (no inside seams showing) - finished size approximately 6-3/4" x 4-1/2"

Cut (1) outside fabric and (1) lining fabric 7-1/2" x 5-1/2"
Cut (1) outside fabric and (1) lining fabric 7-1/2" x 4-5/8"
or cut both pieces 5-1/2" and trim any excess at the end
**The pictures illustratated below shows all pieces cut 7-1/2" x 6" which I trimmed down to size after sewing.

I used a 7" zipper (non-metal) but using a 9" zipper would allow sewing without fussing with the metal pull tab. The only exception to using a larger zipper you will have some of the bulk from the teeth in your seam.

***** It would probably be best to start with the pocket first.

Instructions starting with roll:

Lay binding piece (1-1/4" x 16-1/2") across one long edge of lining piece.
If you had to cut a piece 3-1/4" x 16-1/2" for separate pocket section then position binding piece right side down on right side of pocket piece)

Sew binding to lining or extra pocket piece, press, fold to the back turn under edge and top stitch on front.

If using one lining piece 12-1/4" x 16-1/2" fold up the bottom that you just put the binding on 3-1/4" and pin in place.
If using separate pocket piece place right side up on right side of lining fabric. Pin in place.

Place lining piece right side up on top of batting.

For the hanger near the top of the lining, press the 2-1/4" piece in half.


Press each side in towards the middle. Just be sure both sides are pressed in the same width.

Fold to close and top stitch both edges.

Place top edge of hanger 4-1/2" from top edge of binding of pockets. Pin in place. DO NOT SEW ACROSS HANGER.

*** I am contemplating adding ribbon or a fabric hanger bar (same as the one above but more narrow) slightly above the binding in the lower section to help keep the necklaces from slipping out of the pockets to far.

Using a water soluble marker draw lines from top edge of binding down to bottom edge of lining and also from top edge of hanger to bottom edge of hanger.

** Changed:
You can alter the sizes to fit your needs, just be sure that the second pocket from the right edge will allow at least 1/2" from the right edge of the pocket to the right edge of lining (which would allow for seam allowance and just a bit of extra space).

The first line is 2-1/2" from left edge, the remaining is as follows:
2", 1-1/2", 3", 2", 2-1/4" and you should be left with 2-1/2" to the right edge. All of these measurements will vary depending on the size of your pocket.

Sew thorough lining and batting all blue marked lines except the second line from the right edge in both top and bottom section, reinforcing the edges. (Picture doesn't show all the pockets)

Zippered Lined Pocket Instructions:
(Made slightly different from a lined pouch with zipper at the top edge)

You can see in this picture the opening (from flipping right side out) at the bottom of pocket which will be hand stitched closed.

Using the two 5-1/2" pocket pieces lay your lining right side up and position zipper right side up.

Place your outer fabric right side down over zipper. Line everything along the top edge and sides edges of fabric. (Picture is shown with the top fabric flipped out of the way so you could see I have the zipper open to make sewing easier.)

With a zipper foot (or regular foot but reposition needle as needed) sew across the top through all pieces staying close to the zipper teeth but allow enough space for the zipper pull to move freely. Just before you get to the zipper pull, stop with the needle down and lift the foot and carefully slide the zipper pull past the foot and continue sewing. When finished fold back both pieces and press.

Continue with the other side same as the first.

Fold pieces back and press.

Top stitch across the bottom pieces. I didn't top stitch across the top because it will be attached to my jewelry roll.

Bring the top outside fabric towards you and fold the lining piece on the bottom towards you so that all four pieces are sandwiched on top of each other. Two lining pieces on the bottom and the two outer fabrics on the top.

Now comes the tricky part. Slide the outer fabric up to the top edge of the zipper and do the same with the lining. Pin in place. Make sure the width is the same all across the top edge and press.
** Different fabric in this picture because I forgot to take it when making the purple one.

Sew (or baste to be safe that both top edges are even) down the right side and stopping about an 1" from the bottom. Sew down the left side. (Turn right side out and check that both top edges are even height). If all is ok trim any excess fabric at bottom. Now sew from left edge part way across the bottom. This is where you want to leave an opening to flip fabric to outside. Now fold back out of the way the top outer piece only. Continue sewing from where you stopped all the way across the bottom. (This step is sewing your lining and one piece of outer fabric in place). Now lay flat the outer piece that you had flipped back out of the way and start sewing from where you stopped on the right edge down and part way across the bottom edge. Remember to leave an oppening to flip.

After flipped right side out, hand stitch opening closed.

Position top of pocket on lining slightly to the left of the blue marked line not previously stitched and sew from bottom edge of lining to top side edge of pocket reinforcing both edges.

Take ribbon and fold in half (or fold so that the bottom piece of ribbon is 7" longer), place folded edge along middle left side edge of lining and pin in place. Keep all the ribbon facing the lining and out of the way of the seams.

Lay the 9" x 16-1/2" outside fabric face down on top of the lining. Sew 1/4" around edge leaving an opening to turn inside out. Trim batting close to stitching and trim corners. Flip right side out and slip stitch opening closed.


JodyC said...

Thank you for posting the Jewelry Roll instructions. I am finishing a CQ block and wanted to use it to make a jewelry roll. I was wondering how I'd come up with a pattern.

Thanks, I have a few projects going on but when I finish the jewelry roll, I'll post photos on my blog.

Vicki W said...

Great tutorial!

Kathy said...

Jody, your welcome. Good luck with all your projects.

Vicki, Thank you

JessicaSews said...

Very pretty project, Kathy!!
Love the tutorial!

jovaliquilts said...

I've been wanting to make something like this, thanks. And just in time for gift-giving season!
(I found this through Vicki's blog.)

sharon young said...

Hi Kathy
What a great tutorial, thank you so much, i made it for my daughter's birthday, and she was thrilled, there are pics on my blog if you want to see it.

Mrs. Myers said...

I would love to try this jewelry roll. Your directions look complete and easy to follow. I want to add a piece of needlework to the outside top of the roll. Can you tell me the finished, folded dimensions of the project?

Kathy said...

Mrs. Myers, Thank you visiting my blog. The folded piece would be approximately 5". It would depend on how full your pocket is as to the thickness of the roll when folded into thirds. Good luck and would love to see your finished piece.

HJC Editor said...

Your tutorial is an awesome inspiration! Many thanks for sharing. I would like to feature your designs at

Contact me here if you have a concern.


Jean said...

Loved your project; I searched the web for the one I liked the best--I did make a couple changes I think improved it after a trip to Europe where it was used everyday! Sew 1 longer piece of ribbon at the left center outside edge of the roll that way you can secure it however tightly you need to. I also noted you thought you might add another row of ribbon or binding to secure heavier longer necklaces better, I think an even better solution is to make the pockets about 3/4 of the way up to the ribbon at the top inside. It holds better. Finally, I layered and bound the roll like a quilt. I thought it was less bulky, easy, and I didn't need to finish the end of the ring and earring pocket, just ran the binding over it to finish it neatly. Worked great and looked nice. If I get around to it I'd like to monogram with my emb. machine on dupioni silk for the outside layer. That would be a classy looking gift!

Kathy said...

Thank you for your note and your remarks to improve the roll. I would love to see a picture of your jewelry roll.

Ada said...

Great Project! Im making a few for my oldest daughters Bridesmaids as well as her. All in her Wedding colors. This will go inside a little purse I'm also making for the girls.
Thanks for the Idea.

Nikell said...

This is a great idea! Perfect for gifts. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

I was so excited to find this project as I was wanting to make something like this for my daughters. I have all the materials cut and hate to say this, but I am completely lost at "the tricky part". As a beginning sewer, maybe this is not something to tackle.... This was my first zipper project... Any suggestions ? I could probably sew it together inside out and flip, but would really love to make it correctly.. Embarrassed Judy.

Katherine K said...


Thanks so much for posting this tutorial! I've been looking for a pattern to make a fabric pen roll for my new found fountain pen obsession but hadn't been able to find anything suitable to hold both pens and the ink cartridges.

That is, until I found this lesson. The pouch bit is ace and will be perfect for holding some spare ink cartridges and other bits and pieces (some paper clips, spare pencil leads, ruler etc). I'm going to make one minor change to the layout pf the roll by moving the fabric strip that you have your necklaces attached to down a couple of inches so that I can clip my pens and mechanical pencils etc down so that they don't inadvertently slide out.

Am also contemplating making the ties out of fabric instead of ribbon, as I would like something a little more durable than simple grosgrain.

Thanks again!

JoJo said...

Instead of the ribbon above the pockets maybe a row of velcro. For that matter would a row of velcro work for the top hanger also? I am sure you could pretty up the velcro strip with a piece of fabric bound or glued to the top velcro strip.