My husband & I decided that it would be great to celebrate my 40th birthday in Hawaii with our kids!
So in preparation to go, I stitched up a couple of these jewelry bags for my daughters.
And, since it's the season for traveling and birthdays,  here is a tutorial for a darling jewelry travel  bag.  Follow along to create a great gift for yourself or someone you love!

1.  Cut two coordinating pieces of fabric into 17″ circles.

2.  Cut two coordinating pieces of fabric into 13″ circles.

 3.  Cut 1″ square piece of fusible interfacing, iron the interfacing on the back side of one 17″ piece of fabric where the button holes will be.

4.  Make two 1/2″ button holes 2″ from the edge of one of the 17″ circles, exactly opposite each other on the circle.

5.   To form casing, draw  around the circle, 1″ and 2″ from the edge.  The inner circle will be approximately 12″ wide, and the outer circle will be approximately 13″ wide.  Be certain that the button holes are between the casing.

6.  With right sides together, sew the two 17″ circles together, using 1/2″ seam.   Trim edges close to seam with pinking shears.

  6.  On the circle that DOES NOT have the buttton holes, slash a 2″ hole in the center of the circle.

7.  Turn right side out and whip stitch the open edges together.  Press.

8.  Stitch along the two circle paths to create the drawstring casing.

9.  To create pockets, sew the two 13″ circles together, right sides together using a 1/2″ seam.  Trim the edge with pinking shears.  Slash a 2″ hole in the middle of one to turn right side out.  Press.  Whipstitch the hole closed.

10.  Draw pie shaped sections for the pockets, 4 lengths across the circle.  This will create 8 pockets total.

11.  Center the pocket piece onto the main bag (whipstitched side facing the whipstitched side of the main bag).  Stitch along the drawn pocket lines.

 12.  Cut 1.5 yard piece of decorative cord in half.  Using a safety pin, thread the cord through one buttonhole all the way around and out the same button hole.

Repeat with the other piece of cord, entering and exiting in the opposite buttonhole.  Tie the cord pieces together at the end, and again two inches from the end of the cord.

Voile!  Enjoy a darling drawstring jewelry bag every time you travel!


4 Responses to Tutorial–Jewelry Travel Bag

  1. Diane H says:

    Thank you very much for this wonderful gift idea.

  2. Valerie says:

    My great grandma made me one of these when I was younger. I’ve always loved it! Thanks for posting this great tutorial!

  3. Thank you for this tutorial too and thank you for sharing. Will make one for gift to a friend.

  4. Carol Dunn says:

    I’m anxious to make these for gifts and 1 for myself. Thans for sharing this free pattern. Carol Dunn