I recently decided to make two jewelry bags for some girls who are like little sisters to my husband and me. I wanted to make them something affordable but something I thought they would both use, and then it hit me jewlry bag would be a great solution. I scoured the internet for free jewelry patterns and settled on this 8 pocket jewelry pouch pattern from Sew 4 Home. The pattern itself was simple and straightforward for the most part but I
did make a few changes to suit my needs and preferences.
|Top two choices for purple and green fabric.|
|Top two contenders for pink and blue fabric.|
The first change I made was to use 4 fat quarters instead of the 2 half-yards that the pattern calls for. I did this because I didn’t want identical (or even almost identical) bags. One girl loves purple and green while the other loves blue and pink and I didn’t want to compromise on the color. As it turns out, fat quarters work just fine as long as you are careful to cut out the circles with no waste.
|Bag #1 Blue and pink floral exterior – a pink and white interior.|
|Bag #2 Purple and green floral exterior – Bright green dot interior|
The second change I made was to make an extra button hole (for the drawstrings) on the opposite side of each bag. I did this so I could create a drawstring that closes when you pull the strings on either side of the bag, instead of just one string in the front. I thought that this would keep the bag closed better, and be easier to use than the method in the free pattern.
|My first time making button holes on my machine and they worked great!|
I am still working on these bags, but I am loving the way they are turning out so far. More to show soon! Linking up with Lee @ Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday.
Edit: Also Linking up with Lorna @ Sew Fresh Quilts for Lets Bee Social