These bags are easy to make – and perfect for jewellery with the
small individual pockets inside:
First you need to make your pattern.
You need three paper circles – one large, one medium and one small. I used a serving dish, a plate from the kitchen and a cup to draw around.
The large circle is approx. 31 cm (12”) in diameter,
The medium circle is 22 cm (8.5”) in diameter,
The smallest circle is 8 cm (3.25") in diameter.
This will make a finished bag around the size
of the palm your hand – but you can make any size you choose!
Cut these three circles out of paper:
Then cut out your fabric.
One large circle and two small scrap rectangles.
Inner FabricOne large circle Two medium circles
You will also need some thick plastic – a
washed juice or milk bottle is fine, or I used an old kid's table placemat – for the smallest circle.Ribbon or cord for the
drawstring, 2 x 50 cm (19.5")
Take the outer large circle and fold into
quarters. Place a pin on two edges.
Open the circle out, and place the pins around 3 cm (1.25") in from the edges.
Make a button hole where each pin is, in two opposite edges of the circle. This will be where the drawstring cord or ribbon feeds through when you’re done!
Then place the two large circles, right sides together and pin around the edge.
Stitch all the way around, then snip a hole in the centre of the inner fabric. This is where you will turn the fabric circles right sides out.
Repeat this process for the two inner circles. Pin them right sides together, stitch around the outside, snip a hole in the centre of one circle and turn them right sides out.
Now place the large circle flat with the inner fabric facing up. Place the plastic circle in the centre over the hole you snipped.
then place the smaller circle on top of that, with the hole facing down against the plastic.
Pin around the plastic circle to hold it in place.
Then stitch around the circle, feeling with your fingers as you go to keep your stitching even with the edge. If you use the zipper foot attachment on your machine, it makes it easier to sew close to the circle edge.
Next you need to stitch the pockets. Stitch straight lines from the centre circle
– to the outer edge of the smaller circle. Stitch slightly over the edge to
make it a little stronger.
I didn't measure any of these pockets so they vary a little in size.
Since I chose one light and one dark fabric, I also threaded my machine with one dark and one light thread - light on the top for the pink fabric, and dark on the bottom for the outer blue fabric.
Now you need to stitch the casing for the
drawstring. Stitch two rows of stitching all the way round the outside of the
larger circle – one row on either side of the buttonholes you made earlier.
So now you can thread your ribbon or cord through the casing using a large safety pin.
You will need the two lengths of ribbon or cord.
Thread one all the way round and out one buttonhole.
Tie the two cord ends together.
Then thread the other cord round and out the second button hole – so you end up with something like this.
To finish the edges off, take two small rectangles of the outer fabric (approx. 8 x 4 cm (3.15 x 1.5”)). Fold each rectangle in half, right sides together and stitch down the sides, leaving the end open:
Then turn this mini ‘pocket’ right sides out.
Insert the ends of the ribbon or cord, one into each pocket. Fold the ends in and stitch across the tops to secure in place.
Ready to fill up with jewellery!
They look great in lots of different colours.
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NB This tutorial is one I made several years ago. This is an updated version.