DIY Jewelry Organizer With Meream: National Sewing Month 2013

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National Sewing Month 2013

Meream blogs at Bored and Crafty. Find her full project list on AllFreeSewing and social media links right here.

This is an easy DIY project inspired by a nifty Modcloth jewelry holder. I am referring to the one shaped like a dress. There are similar jewelry organizers sold in my city but upon closer inspection, I realized that the item looked DIY-able. So here we are.

To make a hanging jewelry organizer, you will need a wooden dowel or a small hanger. The length of this dowel will determine the width of your jewelry organizer. Mine was 8”. You will also need 6 to 7 strips of printed fabric (1 x 8 inches), 6 to 7 strips of acetate or clear plastic (1.5 x 9 inches), one long piece of printed fabric (8 x 17 inches), and another long piece of plain fabric (8 x 17 inches) with thick interfacing ironed to the wrong side. You will also need 4 to 5 buttons for jeans.

Jewelry Organizer

The strips of fabric and 8×17-inch pieces of fabrics should come with 1/2-inch allowance all around.

Jewelry Organizer

Like a bias tape, sew the strips of printed fabric to the long sides of the clear plastic strips.

Jewelry Organizer

With the other long side folded under, position the clear strips onto the interfaced plain piece of fabric. Make sure that the allowance between each clear plastic strip pocket is equal. Mine were a quarter of an inch apart.

Jewelry Organizer

Sew the folded bottoms to the plain fabric. You should use long stitch lengths so as not to rip the plastic strips.

Jewelry Organizer

Sew lines to make your pockets. The size of your clear pockets is completely up to you. Small pockets are perfect for storing pairs of earrings. I like bigger ones for watches and chunkier pieces of jewelry.

Jewelry Organizer

Place the printed fabric on top of the plain fabric with clear pockets. The printed fabric’s right side should be facing down. Sew but leave the top short side un-sewn. Clip off the corners.

Jewelry Organizer

Turn inside out. At this point, you can choose to top-stitch the long sides and bottom of your jewelry organizer.

Jewelry Organizer

Trim the un-sewn short side with pinking shears.

Jewelry Organizer

Fold this side over to the front, with the dowel inserted. Attach two jeans buttons right beneath the dowel.

Jewelry Organizer

Attach two more jeans buttons along the middle and towards the bottom of your jewelry organizer. Make sure to attach them in between the clear pockets. Tie ribbon or rope to both ends of your dowel for hanging.

And you’re done! Another option is to attach the jeans buttons to the other side of your jewelry organizer. This way, your necklaces will not cover your earrings and other jewelry that are inside the clear pockets.

Jewelry Organizer

Remember to check out all of Meream’s amazing projects at Bored and Crafty!


Are you neat and tidy, or do you need a jewelry organizer?




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  1. Betsy says

    I need a jewelry organizer and I can’t wait to sew this one. Thank you so much. Am I neat and tydy? Most of the time.
    Please enter me in the contest.

  2. Phyllis Wiltsie says

    I need all the help being organized that I can get as I’m usually in too much of a hurry to keep things neat and tidy!

  3. evelyn says

    I need several jewelry organizers, since one of my other hobbies is making jewelry, and
    I make it so fast, storage is a problem.

  4. Teri powers says

    I don’t have much jewelry so I guess I am neat. But it would make a great gift for my daughters and daughter-in-law

  5. Carrie says

    I love projects like this. It’s a great gift item and I don’t think you have to use jeans buttons as long as it’s a button that’ll hold chains. Thanks so much. Please enter me in contest also

  6. says

    I like this but would need a much larger one to accommodate my ridiculous collection. I am going to try adding a Velcro strap or button and making the hanger removable so I can fold or roll it for travel purposes. This could also be nice for holding small things for sewing.

  7. Willie Frazier says

    I like the idea of this one, because now I have it in drawers some hanging and I can’t find it. This is a great idea, Thanks

  8. barbara leonard says

    I am neat and tidy but could also use the jewelry organizer for thread or other sewing items:)

  9. Lorna Kay Roberts says

    I think I am going to make one of these for traveling. I can hang it up in my room, and take the jewelry that I will need with me, without taking my big chest. Fun project. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  10. says

    I am going to try this. It should make a perfect way to keep my granddaughters’s American Girl doll shoes and hair accessories where they can be found (besides the floor).

    Please enter me in the contest for the Bernina machine.

  11. Jan says

    I am neat but my daughter can use this! I can think of other things she can also use this in her classroom!

  12. Stephanie Mosley says

    Usually neat and tidy but think I will make one of these to take with me on my cruise. Just need to adjust the necklace hanger so they do not get tangled during transportation.

  13. Dorothy Holt says

    I love this organizer. I have 3 grand daughters that are going to get one for Christmas!! I will clean out my jewelry and present each with some of my favorite pieces.. 🙂

  14. Nikki says


    Thank you for a great tutorial. I had been planning on making one – and now I can! I absolutely need it!

  15. Alice Boyd says

    There are so many things this this craft can be used for beyond as a jewelry organizer !! I’ll use more masculine fabric and make an organizer ffor my husbands loose screws, nails, nuts and bolts. I can even make a few longer pouches for screwdrivers. It could be made into a place for all my sewing notions – hooks and eyes, threads, buttons, safety pins, longer pouches for sorting zippers, wider ones for bias tape and embroidery floss. I do crafting too, and this would be a wonderful way to organize my “czatchkies” – googley eyes, pompoms, charms, buttons, beads, a long thin pouch for knitting needles, and crochet hooks. I would also add an additional dowel or two at the bottom, and slide my bolts of ribbon on it. And the best of all – these new organizers wouold replace my junk drawers. I would have an empty drawer for my kitchen things!! I am neat, I just can’t remember where all of these things are, and usually have to go digging through shoe boxes and drawers until I find what I am looking for. I guess it is like being a disorganized organizer ! hehehe

  16. Cheryl McCumbee says

    I love this project. I am going to use it as a first project for my sewing students.

  17. Cathy Middleton says

    Mine is laying on my stand and get lost and dropped every time the cat decides to play with it. I NEED an organizer.

  18. Nancy Lewis says

    I was looking for an organizer to hold my paper project items. I could not find the right boxes to hold the right size items and I wanted to see them at a glance. All I needed was the plastic which I stopped and bought today. Tomorrow I sew my “organizer.”

  19. says

    Thanks for the great tute!! I have always wanted to make one of these….I can’t wait to try it!!

  20. Kathryn says

    I am a messy crafter but will look for plastic so I can make this wonderful organizer for me and my granddaughters! Thank you !

  21. Evelyn Houska says

    Yea! I could certainly use this organizer; in the process of cleaning my silver chains and I have several prs. earrings that would be more accessible. I willcertainly put it on my list of things to da; at present am making mug rugs and am crocheting an afghan for a g’child.

  22. Margaret Carson says

    My daughter makes jewelry. This would be an excellent way for her to not only organize, but also as a display. Fantastic idea! I’d love to be entered in the contest as well.

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