Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Velvet Jewelry Pouches

My pal Sarah is getting married in September and she’s giving her bridesmaids jewelry as a gift.  She asked me to whip up some jewelry pouches to give them and of course I said yes!  And of course it took me months to get around to making them.  Unfortunately, black velvet isn't the easiest fabric to photograph and I ended up with the worst photos yet taken on my camera.  You'll have to use your imagination a bit.


On Sunday, with a Harry Potter marathon on in the background, I was determined to make the pouches.  A few weeks back and armed with a 50% coupon, I picked up some black velvet at Joann.  A jewelry pouch is easy enough to sew, but I used the Purl Bee jewelry pouch pattern for guidance.  The only issue I ran into was that the velvet shifted a bit, but since I was sewing jewelry pouches and not a fancy garment, you can’t tell the difference.  I ran into trouble when the trim that I bought for the cinching strings wouldn’t weave nicely through the pouches.  It was close to closing time at Joann, so I took to my embroidery floss stash and improvised.


After weaving the floss through the pouches, it looked a little sad just hanging next to the pretty velvet, so I added some braiding on the ends to fancy things up a bit.  It still doesn’t look as nice as I had imagined the fancy trim to look, but it does the job.  And best of all, the bride was happy.  High fiving a million angels!


I admit that I am the worst when it comes to completing projects for friends.  I have one more time-sensitive project that I promised for a friend, which I hope to at least start this weekend thanks to a 50% off coupon that I got in my email from Joann.  Wish me luck!


  1. These are super cute and I really like the pink drawstring accent. What a nice friend you are! I've never worked with velvet so it was good to read about your experience with it shifting… I’ll have to keep that in mind.

  2. Thanks! I read somewhere recently (and of course I can't find it now) that suggested to make your stitch length longer than usual when sewing with velvet. Doing that definitely helped me control the fabric a little more.


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