Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Purse Organizer!

Purse Organizer!
Do you find yourself searching the endless abyss of your purse for chapstick?  Do you cringe every time the teller asks for their promotional card?  Don't you wish you had hand sanitizer after using that public restroom with no soap?  Do your kids utilize an overabundance of band aids?  If so; have no fear the purse organizer is here!
 This is a fun, simple  project that will help you use up your scraps, and get your small gadgets organized!  It can be completely customized to fit your needs. You can make it as big or small as you need.  I made a double pocket for band aids, and a pocket for all those pesky promotion cards from stores I visit only occasionally.
 This was so easy,  I am excited to make them for friends and family for Christmas! 

So now that you have seen it, would you like to make one of your own??

It really is not that hard!

Cutting List
Outer fabric 6"x17.5"
Inner Fabric 6"x17.5"
Fusible Fleece (cut 2) 6"x17.5"
Pocket 7.5"x 15" Folded and pressed lengthwise
Rubber Shelf liner  2.5"x15"
Piping Fabric Make 2" bias tape strip about 50"
Piping cord about 50" small cord
Flower 2" strip of fabric about 18-24" folded and pressed length wise.

Step 1: Cutting

Cut list above.  You can change any of the measurements to fit your purse needs!

Iron the fusible fleece to both the inner and outer piece of fabric.

If desired, you can shape one round one end of your purse organizer, to both the inner and outer pieces.  You can use a bowl to do this, I tried to make mine slightly angular, but really after the pipping was sewed on you can not tell.  I made a template out of cardstock.

Step 2: Pockets

Set your outer piece of fabric/fleece aside for now.  On the inner piece you are going to assemble your pocket.  Fold one shorter side under, the side by the snap so you have a finished edge.  Place your pocket on your inner fabric.  With folded side to the top.

This seems like a weird step, but on what will be the inside of your pocket sew in a piece of rubber shelf liner.  I did not do this on my first one, and the things in my organizer tend to slip out.  This will prevent it.  Just sew it to the top edge of the inside of your pocket. When I make more, I will add a picture.

 If you want to make any extra pockets, like my credit card pocket do it now.  I simply made a square of fabric, and finished the edges by sewing right sides together.  Sew the finished square to the pocket, where you would like it.

Think of the stuff you will want to have in this organizer, make vertical lines on your pocket in various widths, to fit the needs of your purse stuff.

Pin the pocket to the inner piece of fabric, and sew on the vertical lines you have created as well as the end of the liner by the snap.  You can also baste in the bottom and side of the pocket if desired. But the seem and cording will finish those seems.

Step 3: Piping

Now all that is left to do is with right sides together combine the two layers.  I used Piping to do this, because I love the sleek professional look.  Make sure you leave an opening to turn the layers right side out.

Okay, here is confession time, this is my first project using piping... ever!  I have been kind of scared of it, but it was a lot of fun.  I don't think I am good enough at it to give an adequate tutorial.  But I will link you to the video tutorial I used from Sugar Tart Crafts... she is amazing, and I followed her tutorial carfully, and watched her video's a couple time each.  I made my own piping, which worked out great! This really is not as hard as it looks, especially with expert help from Toni!

You can find her tutorial HERE.

I love the finished touch the piping gives... If you are really scared of piping, you could put ric rac in between the layers, or with right sides together sew the two pannels together, leaving a hole to turn around.

NOTE:  If you want a magnetic snap, put them in before you top stitch.

Top Stitch your layers to secure the opening you made when turning the organizer right side out. And to give it a great finished look.

Step 4: BLING

To decorate the outside of the organizer I made a ruffle flower.  I made one for a hair thing for my daughter when I made THIS dress.  The pictures are from that project, but it is the same idea!
Cut a strip about 2" by 18"
I folded that strip in half right-sides together and sewed lengthwise, turn right side out, and you should have a tube. Press.  NOTE: you can also just fold it because the raw edges will be covered.. at least that is what I did for the yellow bow.
Sew a gathering stitch to one side of the tube, to make a ruffle.
Cut a circle shape out of felt, or other stiff material, sew ruffle gradually around circle, until the entire circle is filled. Your rosette is now complete!  Hand sew a button into the middle.

One of the best tips I learned at a purse class is safety pin your flowers to your purse (in this case purse organizer) so that you can take it off when you need to wash the purse/purse organizer.  SO that is what I did with this project.

I just love how it turned out!  Pin the flower on, add the snap, and you are good to go!

Plenty of room for all my goodies!

I will definitely be making more of these in the future!
If you have any questions, please feel free to email me, or leave a comment with a way for me to get back with you!

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  1. I just love this. Hooray for emergency chocolate! I am so sad there's not a new set of projects this week, though. You are rocking it over at SYTYC!

  2. Wow! that is amazing, you did such a professional job. It is simply beautiful, I would love to get one as a Christmas gift. I am in awe of how nice it is. Great job!!!

  3. That's such a great idea and you made it look so easy.

  4. That's so pretty and so functional. Fabric works are always my first choice. Love the touch and the pattern. Tutorial is clear. Thanks for sharing.

  5. This is so cute!! I am bookmarking and making as soon as possible!

  6. How cute is this? Seriously adorable

  7. What a great idea. I love the colors you chose.
    Thanks for sharing.

  8. Thank you very much for the tutorial. I love your choice of fabrics and colors. This purse organizer is definitely an eye-catcher!

  9. Cute! This will make a great gift and I know just who I'm making it for! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Such a great idea! Love the fabric you used too!

  11. I love and need it!! You're right, what great Christmas presents! By the way, congratulations on SYTYC! Keep going!!

  12. This is so smart to put in your purse - I really should try and make one - my husband is constantly irritated when he has to look for things in there

  13. This is great! I want to try making on soon!

  14. This is brilliant! What a great gift for anyone!!!! Whoop whoop!!

  15. I love this! LOVED it the first time I saw it!!! And I really want one... ;) Oh hey... SOMEBODY has a FEATURE from the Fancy This Fridays link up! http://www.trulylovelyblog.com/2011/10/fancy-this-features-46-and-winner.html

  16. Yay for you and your first (and successful!) attempt at piping! I have been meaning to get around to trying it...I love the look...just haven't yet.
    Thanks for the tutorial!

  17. I love this!!! It would make a great gift. I've pinned it so I can give it a try. Thanks for the tutorial!


  18. sell them on etsy for us non-sew'ers to purchase please! :)

  19. I love it very much, sooo cute. Thank you for bringing this up.



  20. Beautiful job, love the fabric. For those promotional cards instore.....I punch a hole in the top left corner of the cards and put them all on a keyring with a swivel hook attached. They now hang on the D ring inside my bag (or a fabric loop in bags I make) ready to unclip if they need swiping. :-)

  21. Beautiful job, love the fabric. For those promotional cards instore.....I punch a hole in the top left corner of the cards and put them all on a keyring with a swivel hook attached. They now hang on the D ring inside my bag (or a fabric loop in bags I make) ready to unclip if they need swiping. :-)


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