Travel Jewelry Pouch
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Designer: Susan Weinroth
Many years ago my Grandma made me the cutest little jewelry pouch… I remember using it all the time when I traveled, but somewhere along the line – in one of our MANY moves, no doubt – I must have misplaced it, as I haven’t been able to find it for a few years now. And so, I decided to recreate that pouch for this project, by using a few fantastic Fiskars sewing tools along with the Fiskars Super Sized Circle Templates.
1. Start with a piece of fabric – at least 12 inches wide by 25 inches long – folded in half, right sides of fabric on inside together. Use something large and circular – like a plate (mine had a 11 inch diameter) – and trace around the edge of your circle with a pencil onto the fabric.
2. Use Fiskars Classic No. 8 Straight Scissors to trim both circles out at the same time. Set aside.
3. Construct “inner circle” which will form “pockets” for jewelry. Use the Super Sized Circle templates to trace a circle (approx 3-4 inches less in diameter than main large circle from step 1 – so you choose which of the four circle templates fits best) onto another piece of fabric folded in half like in step 1.
4. Use Use Fiskars Classic No. 8 Straight Scissors to trim both of the smaller circles out at the same time. Pin circles right sides together and machine stitch almost all the way around edge (leaving ¼ inch inseam), but leaving enough room to turn circles right-side out.
5. Press circles flat, turning in and pressing rough & unsewn portion.
6. Machine stitch around edge – will secure rough & unsewn portion.
7. Pin smaller circle down on right side of one larger circle from step 1.
8. Machine stitch two criss-crossing lines across smaller circle to form jewelry pockets.
9. Place two larger circles right side together and pin. Machine stitch around perimeter (with ¼ inch inseam) leaving enough room unsewn to turn circles right side out. Press with iron, turning in unsewn edges.
10. Machine stitch around edge of larger circles, on right side of fabric (using 1/8 inch inseam in order to secure unsewn portion). Make another circlular topstitch about .75 inch inwards from the stitch you just made (see photo above) – this will be to secure the drawstring closure.
11. Use No. 5 Micro-Tip® Scissors to make two small snips - one through either side of the large circle.
12. Use a pipe cleaner with ribbon tied to it, and feed the pipe cleaner through one half of the larger half circle. Repeat on other half.
13. Knot two loose ends of ribbon together to be used as pouch’s drawstrings.
Classic No. 8 Straight Scissors - http://www.fiskarscraft.com/tools/t_no-8-straight-scissors.aspx
18 Inch x 24 Inch Mat - http://www.fiskarscraft.com/tools/t_18x24mat.aspx
No. 5 Micro-Tip® Scissors - http://www.fiskarscraft.com/tools/t_no-5-micro-tip-scissors.aspx
Super Sized Circles - http://www.fiskarscraft.com/tools/t_super-sized-circles.aspx
OTHER: Fabric (approx ½ yard), ribbon, thread, pins, iron, sewing machine, pipe cleaner.