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Hanging Jewelry Holder – Space Saver

 

I have mentioned before that the reason we moved to Colorado 2 months ago, was for my husband to complete several clinical rotations (for PA school) before graduating next spring.  And lucky us, we were able to bum my parents basement apartment off of them while staying here.  (Thanks Mom and Dad!)  The basement has everything we need; bedrooms, a bathroom, a family room……even a kitchen. 

But overall, it’s a smaller space than what we had in GA

So downsizing has been tricky.  We can’t spread out as much.

 

So we have meshed things together and have doubled up room purposes.  Like, all of my craft stuff is in the family room.  Eeek!  And my husband’s school desk is in the kitchen.  Another eek!  But it works just fine and we are really grateful for our basement dwelling status right now.  Haha.

 

Anyway, lately, I have been having an all-out-fight with my jewelry.  There is no room for a jewelry box anywhere in our bedroom……so I have random baggies filled with jewelry, shoved in random drawers or shelves.  And then when I want something, I generally have to scour all nooks and crannies, looking for what I want.

 

So, I was walking through Joann’s the other day (buying the duck cloth for this bag) and saw some fabric jewelry holders. I liked the idea……except didn’t care for the fabric.  Or the roll up and tie (for travel?) feature.  And well, I didn’t like the pocket sizes either.  I wanted what I wanted…….go figure.  So I bought some supplies, right then and there, and added the project to my list.

 

And this is what I came up with. 

 

A double sided hanging fabric holder…….perfect for all of my orphaned jewelry pieces.

 

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Both sides are made with customized pocket sizes. 

 

My rings and earrings fit perfectly in the smaller pockets and my bigger bracelets and necklaces slip right into the larger pockets.

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I will be hanging my jewelry holder right in my closet.  All nice and tucked away. 

(And yeah, my clothes are never that organized.  Totally for the picture. Haha.)

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And when I need something, I can push the clothes apart and select what I need…….

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………or pull it all the way out, while still hanging, and pick what I want to wear.

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You could also hang this from a door or wall.  And then turn it around to the other side, as needed.

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Or, you can fill it with something completely different. 

 

As I was making this, I realized I may need to make another one and fill it with sewing notions. 

Remember how we have less room?  Yeah, this may solve a few space issues in the craft area. 

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It would be expecially nice for the sewing things I use most often.  Keeps them nice and handy.

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Need some other ideas of what to fill this with?

  • toy cars (or other small toys)
  • kid shoes
  • pencils, markers, crayons, scissors, paintbrushes, etc.
  • hair accessories (and hang it in the bathroom)
  • stickers, labels, stamps, rubberbands, notecards, etc.
  • fabric scraps
  • socks & onesies
  • make-up and brushes
  • scrapbook supplies
  • and much more…

 

Anyway, I know there are others out there with limited space, just like me.  This may help you keep your sanity.

 

 

Would you like to make your own?

 

 

First of all……..you need a sturdy hanger.  Mine came from the dry cleaner’s.  But you want one that is thick and has a nice sturdy shape to it.  Also, one that isn’t too curvy or have ridges along the main top section.

 

Then, select a nice sturdy fabric.  Mine is a home decor fabric……..so it’s thicker and sturdier than just plain woven cotton.

 

Lastly, you need some clear vinyl.  I purchased mine at Joann’s and I think it was a 10 guage thickness.  I really can’t remember…..maybe it was .10 or something.  The number 10 sticks out in my memory for some reason.  Sorry, I didn’t write down the number.  It isn’t super flimsy but is thin enough to fold easily and sew through.  Does that help?

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UPDATE: A reader shared a little trick about putting scotch tape on the bottom of your presser foot while sewing with vinyl.  I explained more about it here.  Worked like a charm and will help with this project!! 

 

To begin, measure the width of your hanger (mine was 18 inches wide) and then cut 2 rectangle pieces that are 2 inches wider than your hanger…….and the length that you want it.  Be sure to add a little extra for seam allowances.

 

My actual finished jewelry hanger is 20 inches wide by 30 inches tall.

 

So my starting rectangle pieces were 20 x 35 inches……..and then I trimmed a few inches off the bottom at the very end.  But I liked having the extra length, just in case.

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First, take one of your rectangle pieces (face down) and center your hanger along the top of your rectangle piece. Trace around the top contour of the hanger, about a 1/2 inch away from the hanger.

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I only traced around the top half and then folded my fabric in half lengthwise and then cut it out.  This just assures that your two sides will be exactly symmetrical.

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Then I unfolded it and used that as the pattern to cut out the other rectangle piece of fabric, the exact same way.  But however you cut out your shape, be sure that the front piece matches the back piece.

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Then, round your bottom corners.  Use a round cup or small bowl as a guide, if needed.

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Now, you’ll need to decide on the size of your pockets.  And then sew 1/4 inch double fold bias tape to the top edge.  (What is bias tape?  Click here.)

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Now, if your jewelry holder is a different size, you’ll have to do some math and figure out what size pockets you want, how big the pleats should be, how many pockets in each row, etc.  But I will show you what I did for mine.  (And as a tip, just to be safe, add a few inches of length to each strip and then cut off the excess that you don’t need.)

 

I cut 4 strips of vinyl that were 28 inches long by 4 1/2 inches tall.  And then one strip that was 28 inches by 5 1/2 inches.

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Then I started making chalk lines across the front side of one of my fabric pieces.  You couldn’t see the chalk lines very well in the picture, so I drew some white lines right on top, in photoshop.  So I measured 6.5 inches from the top and made my first line (where the very top of my first row of pockets will hit) and then measured down 4 inches made another line, etc.  These lines will be used to keep my rows of pockets even.  Then kept measuring down 4, 4, 4, then 5 inches.

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Here’s an actual picture of my chalk lines.

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And to give the pockets some fullness (so that stuff will fit inside), I added 2 pleats to each pockets.  To do this, I started marking little lines along the bottom edge of the vinyl strips.  For the first 4 rows of pockets, I wanted each pocket to be about 3 3/4 inches apart.  And each pleat needed an extra 3/4 inch of length to fold with.  So I used a blue pen to mark my pleat lines and a red pen to separate my 2 pleats for each pocket.

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I used photoshop again to make new red and blue marks below, so you could see them better.

 

So, starting on the left side, I started about 3/4 of an inch from the left edge and made a red mark.  This is where the vinyl will line up with the edge of the fabric.  From there I measure over 3/4 of an inch, then another 3/4 of an inch and marked both in blue.  Then I measured over 2 1/4 inch and then made 2 more blue marks 3/4 of a inch apart, then a red mark, then another 2 blue marks.  I continued all the way across the bottom edge of the vinyl.  SO between each red mark, are the markings to make two pleats for the pocket that will fit between those 2 red marks.

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To make the 2 pleats for each pocket, you will make the left pleat fold over to the left…..and the right pleat fold over to the right.  Start on the very left of the vinyl and pinch the second blue line and fold the vinyl. 

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Then fold it over to the left, until it reaches the first blue line. 

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That makes your first pleat.  Now, pin it in place.  (Be sure to pin in the bottom 1/2 inch of the vinyl.  Because once you pull the pin out, you’ll have a small hole.  And the bottom 1/2 inch will be folded under so you won’t see those holes.  Anything above that, you’ll probably see at the bottom of your pocket.)

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Now, do the same thing with the second set of blue lines, but fold over to the right.  That makes the 2 folds for 1 pocket.

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Now, continue along until you have all of the pleats folded and pinned.  Remember, the red lines are just the markers that will separate your pockets with seams later on.

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Now, turn this strip of pinned pleats face down, with the pinned side at the top.  So, face down and upside down.  Line up the pinned edge 1/2 inch above the second chalk line down.  Also, center this strip between the two sides of the fabric.  Be sure that none of your pleats are over the edge and that there’s at least 3/4 of an inch on each side before a pleat begins.  Pin the strip of vinyl in place.

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Then place under the sewing machine and sew the strip of vinyl in place, removing the pins as you go.  Sew right on top of that old chalk line as your guide.

**TIP:  Sewing on vinyl can be tricky.  It tends to stick to your presser foot at times, and can keep your fabric from advancing.  To help this, you can place a layer of tissue paper between your foot and the vinyl and that will help it glide right along.  Then after, you can rip the tissue paper right off.  However, it makes it harder to see where you’re sewing.  So what I do, is increase my stitch length (from about a 2 to about a 3 or 3.5) to help jump over the vinyl a little bit more.  Also, I use both my hands on each side of the presser foot and pull the fabric and vinyl right along, so that the vinyl doesn’t get stuck.  I also, at times, put one hand in back of the presser foot and one in the front……and pull the fabric back that way.  Do what works best for you.

 

UPDATE: A reader shared a little trick about putting scotch tape on the bottom of your presser foot.  I explained more about it here.  Worked like a charm!!

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There’s the completed seam.

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Now, fold it up, right along that bottom seam and press flat with your fingers.

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And then sew between each pocket and on each end (a 1/4 inch from each end).  Use that old red dot as your guide and use pins to pin each pocket down, if needed.

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I did the same thing with the other 3 rows of vinyl.

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Now, if you’re changing your pocket sizes, you’ll need to pin it differently.  I wanted 4 pockets in this bottom row.  So I adjusted my pleats and spaced them a bit more.  But I attached it to the fabric the same way.

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And here is the final side……..with pockets all sewn on.

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Now, it’s time to attach pockets to the other piece of fabric.  For my back side, I made 2 rows of pockets at the top that were half as tall as the pockets on the other side.  So instead of cutting strips of vinyl that were 4 1/2 inches tall, I cut them 2 1/4 inches tall……and then made 8 pockets across instead of just 5.  So instead of cutting the strips 28 inches long, I cut them about 32 inches long……and then adjusted the pleat marks to 1/2 inch apart instead of 3/4 of an inch. 

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Then I made 3 of the regular sized rows and then 1 bigger row at the bottom, just like the first side.

 

Here are the two sides.  The one I did first on the right…..and the other on the left.

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Then, at the top of one of the sides, I cut a dip out of the top.  This will provide you with a hole to stick your hanger through, later on.

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Then I finished off the raw edge of that dip, with some 1/4 inch double fold bias tape.

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Then I pinned the two sides together, with wrong sides together (so that pockets are all facing outward).

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Then I sewed the 2 sides together (only along the top and sides…..leave the bottom open), using a 3/8 inch seam allowance.

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Then I attached some 1/2 inch double fold bias tape around the sides and top of the jewelry holder (don’t sew the bottom closed yet)…..making sure to sandwich the bias tape around the raw edges.  While sewing, be sure that you are sewing through the bias tape on the back too.  (And sew very slowly around the curves and pull the bias tape to help it curve better.) 

Also, be sure to leave long tails of bias tape at each end, so that you have enough to finish off the bottom.

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There’s the top and sides, all finished off…….

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But the bottom remains open.

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Here is the very top, with your little opening.

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Stick your hanger up through the bottom opening and poke it through the opening in the top. See?  Fits the hanger like a glove.

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Now, finish the bottom off.  I sewed one end of the bias tape down and then folded the other end under and sewed it down too.  Trim any uneven edges off, if needed.

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And that’s it. 

 

You’re all ready to hang your jewelry holder. 

Or your craft/toy/make-up/sock organizer.

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Comments

  1. Mo says:

    You amaze me every every day! I absolutely am blessed to have found you. I love your work. Thank you for being so incredible~~~

  2. Lisa says:

    Oh my, I would love to have this, but for me as a non-sewer it’ll be so very hard to make. I’ll pay you if you make me one ;)
    No wait, this page is called make it and love it so I will do this myself. Maybe not as my very first sewing project, but it’s on my to-do-list :)

    Thank you very much for sharing this!

  3. mom taxi julie says:

    I can’t believe you made that! And then you make it look so easy! Awesome!!

  4. Kathy Patterson says:

    That is FANTASTIC Ashley! I read through every bit of your step-by-step and was amazed at how you think and work so clearly. You really plan (and photograph) each step to make it easy for us – thanks! You are an invaluable resource. I am thinking that an adaptation of this would be a great traveling jewelry holder. I have one from YEARS ago with little velcro pockets in it, so the jewelry doesn’t fall out while traveling, but it is fabric, not vinyl, so you can’t find what you want easily. It is a tri-folded thing with a little padding on the outside that cushions, and then it ties up to keep it together. Do you think you could put velcro on the vinyl? How difficult would that be? Maybe if I sent you some photos, you could improve it and give us another tutorial…whaddya think?

  5. Christy, momMADE says:

    This is so beautiful. I can already see one in every kids room for those small choking hazards my littlest can’t have but always seems to find. Thanks .)

  6. Michelle says:

    Fantastic, thank you for sharing :)

  7. Candace says:

    I love it! You are so talented, way to go!

  8. Tawnya says:

    Love it! Any ideas how to modify it to also store hanging necklaces? I have some I don’t want to put in a pocket and don’t want them all out on my dresser.

    1. Anonymous says:

      I am going to sew buttons on mine to hold necklaces

  9. Allyson @ A Heart for Home says:

    Beautiful! I can’t wait to get some time to make one. I recently made a quick and easy DIY necklace holder https://a-heart4home.blogspot.com/2011/08/finished-friday-easy-diy-necklace.html.

  10. bojana says:

    of all the diy jewelry holders i’ve seen on the internet lately, i like yours the most. i hope i’ll collect my courage to try and make one for myself. thanks for the tutorial.

  11. Anonymous says:

    You are amazing!

  12. Erica says:

    Brilliant. I’m making one of these this weekend.

  13. Melissa says:

    Wow. I really want one now, but am not nearly committed to doing all that work yet. It’s on the project list now though

    I hope you realize how incredibly talented and resourceful you are. I want to be Ashley when I grow up! :)

  14. Rachelle says:

    Wow! Beautiful fabric and an awesome project. I’m storing the previous comment suggesting one for Barbies for my daughter –I’m sure Polly Pockets would love to live in these pockets too… Thanks for the tutorial and much more thanks for the hints on sewing with vinyl.

  15. C says:

    I use a similar idea for my kids small stuffed animals-an over-the-doos shoe thing…it’s the perfect size for those little lovies!

  16. sherry says:

    wow! i wish i was as creative as you! i am only good at copying others :(

  17. Kati says:

    Very cute and saves a ton of space! Love the fabric choice.

  18. Kim says:

    I emerge from lurking to say that we have the same necklace! I have the one that you’re pulling out of one of the pockets. Good taste. :)
    And thank you for sharing this! Hopefully, I’ll get a chance to do this soon!

  19. Cindy says:

    My husband made me a hidden jewelry box behind an 11×14 collage photo frame. We even bought little lights that come on when you open the door since most of the year I get ready for work in the dark! I have yet to hang a locker room style mirror inside, but that’s the plan :). I think we’ll make some for Christmas gifts!

  20. Tora says:

    This is a fantastic idea, I just moved to a tiny flat and have “NO” sewing-room and making one or even two like this will help me put my sewing supplies in my closet :) Thank you so much for sharing this with us. I´ll be sure to put my finished one on my blog and link back to you:)

  21. Antigone says:

    That’s my favorite next project! Thanks a lot Ashley ;D

  22. anilegra says:

    muy buena idéa y muy buen tutorial, te felicito

  23. emerald hills-katie says:

    love the idea. Another useful way to hang earrings, just incase, is to take a picture frame and take out the glass and backing, then staple chicken wire in the opening. The earrings fit great and its a cute use for a frame. I put a chain on my picture frame, so that it allowed for more room behind the frame.

  24. Billy says:

    Woo hoo! Been wanting to make one for Barbies, one for cars, and at least one for Mom. Thanks for the tout!

  25. Sarah says:

    Whoo hoo!! Awesome tutorial. Thank you. I need one of these desperately. I’ve been shuffling jewelry all around the bathroom and dresser trying to find something that works and this is PERFECT!!

  26. Kristina Noall says:

    I saw an idea on a blog for using a shoe holder sort of like this for organizing stuff in the car–hang it over the back of one of the front seats. I bought one at the Dollar Store, but I’m glad to know if it falls apart or isn’t to my liking, I can just make one…and love it. :) Thanks!

  27. Rachel says:

    I love this, but I am a beginner at bias tape, and have never sewn with vinyl before, so I am going to have to work up the courage first. Do you need a special needle for vinyl? Or does it dull your needle up fast, so you have to replace it? Just curious!

  28. Julie says:

    Love this. I have been trying to find something for my earrings and I love that I could hang it up away from little fingers that like my jewelry as much as I do. Love the fabric you chose too!

  29. Maria says:

    Brilliant idea! I may have to adapt this idea for myself. Thanks!

  30. Emma says:

    This is awesome! My aunt made things similar to these but not for jewelry they were for projects-in-progress so that you could keep them together in the closet. Anyway, I LOVE the idea of having this for jewelry!

  31. Brandy says:

    Haha! Can I just say that I love that you color coordinate your closet too. :) It’s nice to know other people do it. I love the jewelry hanger!

  32. Kristi says:

    Perfect! That is a great solution and I’m bookmarking it for when I need it!

  33. beth says:

    this is FABULOUS! thank you for sharing your creativity with us!
    smiles~beth

  34. neelima priyanka says:

    A brilliant idea………. i really loved it and i will try it out for sure :)

  35. Linda Chapman says:

    What great instructions! You are an awesome teacher!

  36. Katie says:

    Awesome! Thanks so much!

  37. Angela says:

    Love. It. And perfect timing, because my sister just yesterday texted me a picture of some hanging pocket wall organizer thingy with vinyl pockets and the message “can you make this?” Now I can finally text her back in the affirmative. ;)

  38. Wendi says:

    I have been looking every where for this exact thing!! The only one I found was made of obnoxious fabric, so I couldn’t bring myself to buy it. But I am SO, SO excited about this one! Thanks!!

  39. Regina says:

    How cute and crafty this is! Love it!

  40. Kristi says:

    I love love love your site! I don’t think there’s a single tutorial of yours that I don’t want to make. Thank you so much for putting out tutorials that you don’t have to be a sewing expert to make!

  41. abby says:

    that is wonderful. i am so going to make a few!

  42. Katie Ricks says:

    A basement apartment sounds like heaven right now to me! Colorado Springs has been much too hot for this pregnant lady’s liking!

  43. Keri says:

    LOVE IT!!! Your amazing yet again. I’m not fancy enough to have that much jewelry BUT I keep thinking that is such a great idea for organizing my makeup/bathroom and sewing room. We’re in a tiny apartment so space is limited as well. Thanks so much for sharing!!

  44. Lynette says:

    My mother in law made me one of these, but it was made with all clear vinyl, and I hang hang it on the wall. I now make my own necklaces, and I have too many to fit. The pockets are crammed full, and I can never find anything…so I just don’t wear it anymore. I love that this fits on a hanger, and can be in your closet or anywhere! My college aged sister would love this. I will have to try this. Cute too!

  45. Jeena says:

    Love it, love it, love it! Did I mention I love it? I have been looking for something for my earrings forever, and nothing has worked. Don’t suppose I could pay you to make one for me? Seriously! Email me if you are interested.

  46. Katie says:

    We have one small bathroom with a small closet in it. I have been using a shoe holder for all hair accessories, toothbrushes & toothpaste, nail care items, jewelry, curlers…you name it. I didn’t think to make a smaller one just for jewelry!!! I may have to make one for that purpose and one for my sister as well (she lives in even tighter quarters!). Thanks for the idea!

  47. Courtney says:

    I did the same thing with my jewelry in the bathroom and thread in my sewing room. In fact I posted the sewing room idea on my blog: https://www.thepaisleyabbey.com/search/label/organization. I bought mine though. I like that you were able to customize your pocket sizes. Mine have been wonderful since they don’t take up much room and are easy to find things in. Great tutorial!

  48. Fay says:

    That’s awesome! Pity I’m no good at sewing bias binding.

    1. Marge says:

      Instead of using bias tape around all the outer edge you could leave an extra 1/2″ or 1″ then face your two pices right sides together, turn it right-side out, clipping the corners, and then top stitch around the edge, I’m sure it’d look nice as well! I don’t know how to avoid sewing the bias tape on they vinyl, we’ll have to think on that one….

    2. Andrea says:

      I just made this, and it was my first time using bias tape. I found it very difficult to do the vinyl but for the edges, I ended up getting the extra wide, which is 1/2″, I think, and that worked SO much easier. I would bet that you could use the wider bias tape for the vinyl, too, as long as you have taller pockets.

    3. delores says:

      I love the idea. I have made several friends one with one difference. JoAnn stores sells transparent ribbon. It works perfect for small pockets to hold pins, earrings and necklaces. Easier to sew than the vinyl. Really makes this project work up quick. As the old saying goes “Try it you will like it”

    4. Diana says:

      Are you replacing the viinyl with the transparent ribbon, or using it just for sthe edges?

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