In the fall of 2016, several friend and family members were making travel plans for 2017. I decided that travel themed gifts would hit the spot for Christmas. Travel trays and matching travel jewelry cases were the most appealing to me. I scoured the internet for free tutorials and found two that I really wanted to try. You can download Caroline Fairbanks-Critchfield’s PDF for the travel jewelry cases here:
Note this pattern is for personal use only.
Here are my thoughts on this project.
The tutorial beings with a description of the skill level (advanced beginner). I found this to be an accurate description… this project was more difficult than a beginner pattern (like travel trays) buy less difficult than a medium pattern (eg bags and purses). Up next photos of a finished jewelry case and a short paragraph on why they are handy to have when traveling.
The combined pattern requirements and cutting guide provided a written description of the 3 fabrics and felt pieces that are needed. I highlighted my hardcopy to make it easier to see which pieces were the same size. The tutorial steps section begins with a note about the seam allowance. I always appreciate it when the seam allowance information is easy to find.
The tutorial has 18 steps and all are illustrated with at least 1 photograph. First we make the jewelry ties. Quilting the exterior panel is time consuming, but the final project looks amazing so it’s worthwhile. This was my first time using the quilt-as-you go technique and I didn’t have any trouble understanding what I was supposed to do with the fabric strips. The third section of the tutorial is constructing the interior. Lastly the interior and exterior are sewn together.
Here are some photos of my finished travel jewelry organizer.
I wasn’t able to purchase or make a frog closure so I improvised a snap closure with a tab. I was surprised by how large and thick this travel jewelry case was. All the felt will really protect your jewelry when in transit. I use mine for everyday jewelry. I would make this pattern again.
Do you use a travel jewelry case?