Between making gifts and wrapping gifts, it has looked a lot like Santa’s workshop around here lately. I’m looking forward to sharing some of those DIY projects with you after the holidays (since most of them are gifts for friends and family and we wouldn’t want to ruin the surprise, would we?), but in the meantime, here’s a quick DIY solution for those of you who, like me, are getting ready to travel for the holidays are aren’t sure how to fit 18 days worth of clothes and accessories into a suitcase and decide at 11:15 p.m. on a Thursday night that it’s time to fashion new travel storage solutions for that trip you’re leaving on the next day.
When I travel, I usually take all of my delicate necklaces, wrap them in tissue, and put them in a pouch. That’s fine for short trips — long weekends, quick jaunts to the coast, a few days in the mountains. But when I’m gone for, say, two weeks, those little pieces of tissue are folded and unfolded and refolded so many times that they’re falling apart by the end of the trip.
There’s also the straw method, but I’ve never found that particularly elegant, and I never know how, exactly, to transport all the straws.
I’ve been planning to make a necklace roll or wallet for quite awhile — possibly out of pleather or recycled leather, with little ribbons for attaching the necklaces — but in the meantime, I had a fleece remnant, a pair of scissors and a crop-a-dile (although a regular hole punch would do).
In five steps:
- Trim your fabric to size. You want it to be wide enough that your necklaces fit on the fabric. (Mine is just shy of 20″.)
- Punch adjacent holes at the top and middle of your fabric scrap.
- Thread necklace chains through the holes.
- Roll the fabric one necklace at a time, ensuring that the chains don’t touch.
- Tie with a ribbon.