Bag Organizer :: Free Sewing Pattern

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Today we’re all lucky. Guest writer Amanda from SimplyHomemade is featuring a free sewing pattern. She enthusiastically agreed to design a handy-dandy purse organizer for us. We are thrilled, as she’s done a terrific job at illustrating the sewing pattern step-by-step, offering easy-to-follow instructions that even a beginning seamstress can work with.


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The Inspiration (Need) for a Bag Organizer

“Lately my purse has become a black hole.” confessed Amanda to us. “So I decided it was time to organize it. I wanted to make something that I could transfer from bag to bag too. So I created a purse organizing clutch.

 

With 5 "see through" pockets and two big pockets behind the first my bag is looking respectable again.

(NOTE: This bag design would also work well for make-up, sewing supplies, or first-aid junk.)


 

 


bag organizer pattern

Sewing Project Materials

    Here’s what you’ll need for this project:

  • * 17" x 8" heavy weight fabric (canvas, denim, bottom weights, etc.)
  • * 17" x 5" clear vinyl
  • * 17 x 7” coordinating quilting fabric (for inside pocket)
  • * 17 x 7” canvas to line pocket
  • * 2 yards bias trim
  • * 7" +/- 1/4" elastic
  • * 1 cute button
 
  • (note: click images for enlargement, to see fabric measurements)

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    Step-by-Step Bag Sewing Instructions

    STEP 1 : CUTTING

    amanda_bag_organizer2 Cut your fabric pieces as illustrated.


    STEP 2 : CREATING THE INSIDE BAG POCKET

    amanda_bag_organizer4 Pin and sew the hem of your inside pocket.


     

    STEP 3: MARKING.

    There are two types of marks. The first kind of marks are those who help you to line things up properly while you are sewing. The second type of lines here are simply a sewing trick to make our pouch rollable.

    bag organizer free sewing pattern

    This isn’t meant to be a pocket. It makes folding the clutch easier after it’s all filled up. Mark your pocket stitch lines and sew the lines. Amanda’s NOTES: I only marked my lines half way up the pocket. Also, I have 2 lines marked as center lines.


    STEP 4 : ATTACHING THE BIAS

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    Pin and sew the bias trip to the top edge of the vinyl pocket.

     


    STEP 5 : SEWING THE CLEAR POCKET

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    Place the vinyl pocket piece on the inside pocket and stitch over the marked lines.




    STEP 6 : ALIGN THE LAYERS

    bag organizer sewing pattern
    Place pockets on outer fabric.
    Stitch down the center lines (see step 3).
     


    STEP 7 : AFFIX THE CLOSURE: BUTTON

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    bag organizer sewing patterns

    Place a cute button on the outside of your bag organizer and mark where you want to attach it. On the opposite end of where you placed your button, sew on a piece of thin elastic.


    STEP 8 : THE FINAL TOUCHES

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    Cover all raw fabric edges with bias trim.

    Tip: choose a trim in a contrast color or pattern that pulls all the fabric designs and textures together of your bag organiser.


    NOTE: In each step, click the illustration to see the details and read the text.


    bag organizer sewing patterns

    Love the result!




    Photos & Design by Amanda from "Simply Homemade".

    About Amanda

    bag organizer sewing patterns We think Amanda is one of those women you see in movies and think that can not be real. She happily sews, crafts, blogs, and a lots more… all besides running a household with 5 kids. And yes, she even cares about using cloth diapers. So much so that she’s set up a tiny Etsy Shop, Bitty Bumz!

    It’s clear she has a zest for life that’s inspiring! If she still looks like this picture, she’s a cute as a button to boot!

    This is what she wrote to us about herself:

    “I’m so excited to be guest at the Fine Craft Guild !! Thanks! A few things about me:

    “I adore the following in no particular order: fabric, Mod podge, peonies, chocolate chip cookies, white furniture, book wreaths, my understanding husband, and my 5 crazy kids.  Things I don’t adore: running out of thread, slow computers, confrontation, folding laundry, grasshoppers, and the sound of knives scraping together. gross.

    If I were an artist, sewing would be my medium. I love it! I get  such satisfaction from creating a wad of nothing into a tangible
    functional something. I wanted to share something that I knew I would use. “
     

     


    Thank you Amanda, for sharing!



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