Do you like wearing rings, earrings, bracelets and brooches? I do! And if you're like me, I'm always on the look out for new ways to organize and display my jewellery?
This is Lorrie Everitt from @makeandmerryco and today I am happy to share three of my DIY wool felt jewellery organizer projects.
Follow along and I will show you how I created a felt lined ring box, felt earring holders and felt cushions for bracelets and brooches. Let’s get started by gathering all our supplies and tools for these projects.Materials:
- 100% Wool Designer Felt in the colours of your choice – please note the weight of felt for each individual project
- Wood boxes (8.5 x 5.3 x 2.6” and 8 x 4.8 x 2.2”) and 3/8” diameter square wood dowels – all purchased at local dollar store.
- Fabric scissors, rotary cutter, x-acto knife and (We R Memory Keepers) crop-a-dile hole punch
- Self healing cutting mat and acrylic quilter’s ruler
- Fabric adhesive such as E6000 Fabric Fuse and a glue gun
- Embroidery floss, sharp needle, awl, sewing clips and fibre fill
- Iron and wool ironing mat
- Fabric marker or pencil
Optional: I used the Cuttlebug with a Sizzix circle die to cut my 3mm wool felt circles.
Project 1 – Felt Lined Ring Box
Additional Project Notes:
The felt should easily wrap around the wood dowels, use felt that is approximately 3/64” thick, such as 100% wool or premium wool blend craft felts. You will need one bamboo wood box (shown 8.5 x 5.3 x 2.6”) and eight square wood dowels cut to fit inside the box.Let’s Make It:
- Measure and cut one piece of felt to fit the inside bottom of the box and eight strips of felt to wrap around the wood dowels. My felt measured (one) 8 x 4.875” and (eight) 8 x 1.25”.
- If your felt has any wrinkles, iron it flat for a more professional finish to your project. Glue the felt to the bottom of the box using E6000 fabric fuse.
- Glue the felt strips to each of the wood dowels on three sides as shown above.
- Use an x-acto knife to trim any excess felt from the fourth side of the wood dowels and the ends.
- Now you are ready to start gluing the felt covered dowels into the box using a glue gun. Starting with the two outside dowels, glue them flush to the box as shown.
- The best part about making your own ring box is that you can customize it. You should space out the dowels to fit your jewellery storage needs, so take a few minutes to figure out how you want to arrange the remaining dowels before you glue them in place. I planned my dowels so I could display a couple of bracelets in one row and included extra space for rings with wider bands.
Project 2 – Felt Earring Holders and Felt Lined Bamboo Box Organizer
Additional Project Notes:
Use 3mm wool felt for the earring holders. Store your earrings in stacking bamboo wood boxes (shown 8 x 4.8 x 2.2”) that have been lined with felt.Let’s Make It:
- Cut the felt into 2” and 2.5” diameter squares or circles. You can use a rotary cutter or x-acto knife and an acrylic quilter’s ruler to easily cut perfect squares. I used a Cuttlebug and a Sizzle circular die cutter to cut the felt circles but you can also cut them by hand using fabric scissors.
Please note that 3mm felt is too thick to cut on a Cricut Maker.
- Punch tiny holes into the felt using the crop-a-dile hole punch. Customize the positioning of the holes to suit your earrings by lining up your earrings and marking the felt with a fabric marker (or pencil) first.
- Storing your earrings like this keeps them organized, together and easy to find.
Project 3 – Felt Cushions for Bracelets, Watches and Brooch's
Additional Project Notes:
I prefer to use 3mm or 2mm wool felt to create my jewellery cushions so they are firm and hold their shape.Let’s make it:
- Cut 3mm felt into two panels measuring 7.5 x 3”. You can cut two different colours of felt as I have or just one colour. Sewing clips will help you to keep your felt panels in place while you are sewing.
- Using a blanket stitch and embroidery floss, sew three sides of the felt together. If you find it difficult to hand sew the thicker felt, use an awl to pre-create holes.
- After you have three sides sewn together, insert fibre fill and then sew the opening closed as shown above to finish.
- These felt jewellery cushions are ideal for organizing and displaying bracelets and watches as well as brooches. Make these your own by using felt and embroidery floss in colours that compliment your décor style and remember that because you are custom making these for yourself, you can easily adapt the size of the cushions to work with your jewellery collection and storage space.
And finally, this is how I store and display my felt jewellery organizers in drawers. You might notice that all of the drawers have been lined with felt. The felt drawer liners keeps everything neatly in place and honestly, they just look really nice. You can line your drawers with any weight of felt that you wish.
And that is it! I hope that this inspires you to make some or all of these projects for your jewellery. I would love to see your finished projects so please tag @the_felt_store and myself at @makeandmerryco so we can see what you are creating.