Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Travel Earring Book Tutorial

        We do a fair amount of traveling, and I have my packing system pretty well established. However, the other day, the thought occurred to me that my zip-lock bag method for packing earrings could probably be improved upon rather simply. I always get annoyed with untangling and trying to find matching earrings...this little felt earring book solves the problem!


      All you need to make one, is some felt squares and some trim if you want to decorate the front. You really could even get away with hot gluing this, if sewing isn't your thing! I found that the cheaper felt, like you get in the kids craft section works the best to poke earrings through, because it has a looser weave.


      Stack them, and sew straight down the middle.

      Close the "book", and sew down the "binding". This just helps it not want to fall open.

      You might need to trim your "pages" all to match, felt has a way of stretching out weirdly.


       I sewed a strip of lace down the front just for pretties.


      Now all you have to do is stick your earrings in it! Depending on how the earring post is made, you might have to wiggle it a bit to get it to poke through. Types, like hoops, that connect to themselves I just pinned on the edges of the "pages".


        Now mind you, this isn't an absolutely perfect system, the earrings still will flop around a bit. I just pack the book flat in my bag, and it works wonderfully. It keeps them organized and tidy so it makes me happy!
Do you have a good method you use to pack small things? Do share!

Proverbs 15:16   Better is little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith. 

4 comments:

  1. Clever. And so smart. A little ribbon tied around the end like a notebook to hold it all together, and how perfect is that. Now if I only had a way to take my necklaces when we travel without them getting tangled. Suggestions?

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  2. @kristie: for necklaces one of the best solution are straws! --> http://coffeeandheels.files.wordpress.com/2011/12/straw.jpg?w=640 (via google, it's not my blog!) :)

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  3. ANother awesome idea, after randomly choosing two of your projects to visit I am now following via GFC

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  4. You could always use a little cardboard for the outside part of the book and sew / glue the felt to it. might make it a bit sturdier :) i am definitely going to try it out!

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