I travel a lot and my jewelry is ALWAYS a tangled mess when I arrive at my destination. I’ve made a jewelry travel roll out of a cute place mat. I'm looking forward to having no more tangled necklaces or missing rings when I travel! It’s a super easy project and requires basic sewing skills. You can do it! Want to make your own?
16 inches of Pom Pom ribbon
Two yards of 1 inch thick ribbon (color and material is your choice)
Prep the ribbon strips that will hold your necklaces. Cut out six strips at 7 inches long. Fold one side of a strip in about a 1/2 inch and fold in twice. Sew that folded section (to prevent ribbon fray). Repeat the above for all six ribbon strips.
Prep the ribbon section that will hold your rings. Cut out one strip at 13 inches long. Fold one side of a strip in about a 1/2 inch and fold in twice. Sew that folded section (to prevent ribbon fray).
For all the six 7 inch strips and the one 13 inch section: Install one side of the button snap over each sewn spot in the ribbon (see photo above). Repeat the above for all the ribbon.
Tip #1: If you don’t want to sew all the ribbon strips, you could instead use felt. Strips of felt would work perfectly for the necklace strips. For the necklace strips: cut the felt to 1 inch wide by 4 inches long and install one side of the button snap. For the ring section: cut the felt to 1 inch wide by 12 inches long and install one side of the button snap. You won’t need to sew the ends, since felt doesn’t fray.
Let’s install the other end of the button snap on the opposite end of each ribbon strip. Fold in the end of the strip about 1 inch and fold in twice. Sew the folded end to secure the ribbon. Repeat for all 7 ribbon pieces (this includes the ring section).
Install the other end of the snap about ¾ of an inch in from the end on all of the ribbons.
Prep the necklace ribbon strips, ring section, and felt strip for sewing. Start with the ring section and pin it to the left side of the mat (about 1 inch in from the edge). Next you'll pin the felt earring strip and then all sizes of the necklace ribbon strips. Evenly space the items on the placemat. The tops of the strips should be about 1 inch from the top edge of the placemat.
To secure, sew a line across the tops of the ring section, earring felt piece, and all the necklace strips to secure them to the placemat.
When the strips are sewn onto the mat, install the other end of the ring section snap to the placemat. Just mark the location where the ribbon snap meets the mat, and install the remaining snap pieces here.
On the right side of the mat (or the side with the necklace strip), mark the center of the edge on the backside of the mat. Sew the middle of your leather strip to this spot.
Print out your jewelry roll printable. Cut the strips of words out and iron them onto the outside of your placemat (following the iron on transfer paper directions). For my placemat, I needed two rows of words to run along the long side of my placemat.
The placement is up to you, but I chose to run a strip of words along the bottom edge of the mat.
Pin the Pom poms to the right edge of the mat (where the leather strip is). Pin and then sew the Pom poms to the mat, sewing over the center of the leather strip.
Now let's get more creative! Why not head over to HP Photo Creations (it’s a free creative software you can download) and print out your own photo to iron on to the outside of your mat? You can add frames and words to your images in HP Photo Creations. My mat had ridges, so a photo wouldn't have looked that good on it, but if you have a mat without texture this would work! I think it would be cute to have a picture of your family on the outside. If you explore HP Photo Creations you can find some cute graphics for the outside of the placemat. After you download the program, open it and head to the “Calendars” section. There you can find a ton of cute images. For example, when in the calendar section you can scroll down to the “Flowers” calendar page (see the flowers in the image above). It would be so cute if you print that out on the transfer paper, cut out the flowers, and iron those to the outside of the mat. Right?
To see how to wrap up your jewelry roll, check out my video!
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