Lining Your Jewelry Box With Felt - Tutorial

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Blog entry by stefang posted 01-29-2010 08:57 PM 76173 reads 41 times favorited 42 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had finished my wife’s jewelry box with the exception of putting in the felt lining. I’ve never done this before and I wasn’t looking forward to it, but now it’s done and since I’m pleased with the result, I thought it might be helpful to others in my situation to relate my experience and hopefully help someone out. There are folks out there who I’m sure are a lot better at this than me, but I haven’t seen any posts on this, so here goes. Below is a photo of the finished job.


1.There’s been a lot of puffy looking padded linings shown in various magazines and websites. I personally don’t like the puffy stuff so my method here is for a flat lining.

2. The lining should probably be easily removable for two reasons. One: eventual renewal, and two: If something goes wrong during installation it is easy to take out and re-size or fix.

3. The choice of color has to look good with gold and silver and also be harmonious with the wood in your box. There are lots of good color choices here according to yours or the recipient’s taste. I picked green probably because I have been looking at it all my life and it just seems right to me.

Let’s assume here that the method includes both the materials used and the way it’s done. I found my materials to be perfect for the job and as I progressed I improved on the work process a lot.

1. Thin hard plastic pliable baking sheets to be wrapped in felt. (the plastic sheet is used to roll out dough for baking)
2. Felt (quite a bit surprisingly)
3. Double-sided carpet tape. Get the smooth one, not the one reinforced with some kind of fiber (those are terrible)

1. An Exacto knife is good.
2. Ruler. I used a steel one to measure with and guide cuts to cut up the plastic bits.
3. A cutting board. I used part of the baking sheet, but a better idea would be a proper cutting board so you don’t cut onto your $5,000 dining table. No, I didn’t do this and I don’t have a $5000 dining table.
4. Scissors to cut the plastic with ( I think it’s easier and more accurate than using a knife.)
5. Ballpoint pen to mark the plastic with.

What are we going to do?
You start by measuring the lengths and widths of the receptacles you will be felting and mark and cut the 5 pieces you will need for each receptacle, ie; the bottom and 4 sides. I measured and cut for each separate receptacle being pessimistic about how consistent my sizes were. I cut the plastic to fit as I progressed so I wouldn’t get all the pieces mixed in case they were slightly different sizes (don’t obsess on the size thing!).

I found it easiest (finally) to put the plastic cut-outs onto the tape as shown below and then trace around them with the knife, then repeating for the other side. You can usually put all the Parts for one receptacle at a time.


2. The plastic bits are completely covered with the double sided tape on both sides.


3. I took the paper off the tape on one side and pressed it onto the felt and then cut around it with the Exacto knife leaving a border of a little more than 1/8” or say 4mm.


4. The felt is trimmed at the corners so a sort of miter will be formed when the felt is folded over onto the tape after removing the paper from the other side of the tape.Be sure to leave a tiny edge at the corners so the plastic will be covered there too. Now you have a plastic bit covered in felt with a sticky back which can be simply pressed to whatever surface on your receptacle it was made for.


5. Ready for installation.


Getting close to the finish line for the tray. Here I am measuring to make sure the side length is right. I made small adjustments by clipping with a scissors as I went.


In the last picture I’m using my steel ruler to press down around the edges as I go.


Don’t forget to allow for the the thickness of the felt when sizing your plastic fillers and foam if you use that.

That’s it and I hope you will find it helpful. If you have better ways to do this please help out with any improvements or different ways to do this. Thanks for looking in.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#1 posted 01-29-2010 09:04 PM

Tremendous Mike… just when I was about to line a jewellry box the hard way with glue…

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#2 posted 01-29-2010 09:21 PM

Thanks for the tutorial, I have always bought the peel and stick. I like your idea better.

-- Have thy tools ready. God will find thee work.

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#3 posted 01-29-2010 09:22 PM

Excellent step-by-step write-up!

It’s always nice to have pictures that go along with the directions, at least for me, as I’m a very visual person.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#4 posted 01-29-2010 09:25 PM

Fantastic job Mike, I never though of covering small pieces and putting them in individually. I have always done it hte hard way, the little bit I have done:-((

One thing I do for sure is to be very careful around our $500 dining room table ;-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 01-29-2010 09:28 PM

good writeup – thanks for the tutorial.

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#6 posted 01-29-2010 09:33 PM

Nice job Mike. I’ve been a little reluctant to try lining my boxes but I might give it a try you have provided a great pictorial.

-- Dale, Ohio

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#7 posted 01-29-2010 09:35 PM

Excellent as usual when it comes from you Mike
thank´s for sharing it with us


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#8 posted 01-29-2010 09:35 PM

very very good job, looks cleanly instaled.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#9 posted 01-29-2010 10:20 PM

Thanks everyone. I did a little editing shortly after I posted it and corrected some wrong photos, etc.

Larry Glad you will find this of some use mate. I also considered gluing the felt in, but I know myself pretty well and decided I needed a more flexible way so I could correct all my mistakes. In fact though it all went very smoothly once I got a wastebasket and cleaned up the cuttings as I went and got the idea to apply the plastic bits to the tape instead of the other way around.

Mario I am flabbergasted to hear that I did it like the pros because I honestly haven’t done any research on this before starting. I did see an article in FWW mag a few years ago, but I didn’t like what they did or how they did it. That’s where my dislike of the puffy stuff started.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 01-29-2010 10:38 PM

Stefang what will you do if it has been one of those drawers in a toolbox were there is this french…... (can´t remember the name) holes that excacly fid your tools and by one look you can see if any of them is mising
they have such an od shape but still looks great when they have felt


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#11 posted 01-29-2010 11:54 PM

Very good post…..........Thanks for sharing it with us.


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#12 posted 01-30-2010 12:04 AM

Sorry Dennis, what you are talking about is quite different because I think they use one piece for what you are describing. It seems to me that they would have to remove some “V” shape pieces to make it fit, much like what you see when the round earth is shown “unraveled” on a flat surface. If you cut that map out and put on a round object it all fit nicely together, but there would be some seams. However, it might not be too difficult for skilled people to hide those seams when working with felt because it does have a surface that fits very well together. Maybe there’s something on the net. You could try googling it. Otherwise it could just be sprayed on with an aerosol can. I haven’t seen any in Norway, but I remember my brother spraying the dashboard of his car back in 1951 with a felt spray can.
It actually looked like velvet.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#13 posted 01-30-2010 02:33 AM

Everything is clear except plastic baking sheets. I’ve never heard of these.

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#14 posted 01-30-2010 04:25 AM

Thanks mike another great blog

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#15 posted 01-30-2010 04:41 AM

Thanks for the demo Mike, great tutorial as usual. One of these days I am going to dabble in stuff like that, since, as you probably gathered, I like to make small items that require precision. Then I’ll be back looking at your tutorials again….....

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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