Sewing Chatelaine

This chatelaine is so easy to make with grosgrain ribbon, a couple of rings, a bit of stitch witchery and an afternoon of fun sewing. I took a little longer with mine because I like to embellish things.  I actually made this a long time ago, but now I have a blog to share it.  It is wonderful to wear at sewing gatherings and quilting classes.


There is space to display pins, along with some nifty ways to keep your tools at hand.


It serves as a memory reminder just by looking at the dates on the show pins.


You’ll need five metal rings, some scraps of fabric, one-inch wide grosgrain ribbon 44-inches long in your favorite color, 3/4-inch wide grosgrain ribbon in a backing color 44-inches long, Stitch Witchery ribbon web 44-inches long, thread, and embellishments.


Take your one-inch wide green grosgrain ribbon and your 3/4 inch black grosgrain ribbon, and bond them together using a ribbon of Stitch Witchery. Top stitch down both sides on the back to anchor the back ribbon in the center of the front ribbon.


Take two of the rings, place the lower ring over the upper ring offset creating three spaces. Weave the ribbon under the top, over the top of the second ring, under the bottom of the first ring, and over the bottom of the second ring. Make sense? Weaving the rings together as shown in the picture, place in a comfortable position on the ribbon. Try the ribbon on and see where it is comfortable to have your seam ripper hanging and put the rings there on each side. For me, the best place was about 4 inches below the top of my shoulder.  Anchor the rings in place by sewing a ribbon rose at the top of the rings. Now is the time to be sure you like the total length, it may be a little long after you add the bottom pocket and needle keeper, so make adjustments now.



For the two bottom sections, I used upholstery weight fabric, but you could use quilting cotton stabilized with a stabilizer or quilted. Start by embroidering the pocket triangle however you like. I used my embroidery machine, but a hand stitched design would be nice.  You could so a little patchwork as well, whatever strikes your fancy.  For the triangular one, cut two elongated diamond shapes and two pocket triangles. Mine are 8 inches top to bottom and 5 inches at the widest point. The pocket triangle is 5 inches across the top and 5 inches long in a equilateral triangle. Sew, turn and press the back, and then do the same for the pocket. Top stitch the pieces together along the two sides of the equal triangle creating a pocket. Add a ribbon with a button on top for stability, long enough to thread through the handles of a set of small scissors and tie a bow. Fold the top point through a metal ring and sew down.


For the oval side, cut four ovals, embellishing one. Sew one set of two right sides together, turn and press. On the other, sew keeping the top open to turn it, right sides out. When you have turned it, insert one end of the ribbon into the opening and top stitch, closing the seam and anchoring the ribbon. Align one on top of the other and top stitch down the left side to create a ‘book’ to keep your pins and needles. Add a snap closure.


I forgot to put the ribbon inside the oval, so I top-stitched it inside the needle book and added a button to hide the joining point.  Add a snap to keep it closed.


Fold the other end of the ribbon through the metal ring and stitch down.


Add a brass stiletto to one ring set and a seam ripper to the other in the center with jump rings using the middle part of the ring set.


Now go dig out all those show pins, guild pins, club pins, and just cute pins and fill up the ribbon.


Add pins and needles to the needle keeper. Slide a small pair of scissors into the pocket and tie them through the handles with the ribbon over the pocket.


Voila! A neat chatelaine that is uniquely yours, no matter how many you see made. Make them for your friends too – inexpensive, and uses up scraps nicely.

One thought on “Sewing Chatelaine

  1. Quilting Tangent

    Wonderful, never thought of making one (maybe I will now). Only saw the metal Victorian ones.
    Thanks for the idea.

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