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.
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.
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
Step-by-Step Bag Sewing Instructions
STEP 1 : CUTTING
|Cut your fabric pieces as illustrated.
STEP 2 : CREATING THE INSIDE BAG 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.
STEP 4 : ATTACHING THE BIAS
Pin and sew the bias trip to the top edge of the vinyl pocket.
STEP 5 : SEWING THE CLEAR POCKET
Place the vinyl pocket piece on the inside pocket and stitch over the marked lines.
STEP 6 : ALIGN THE LAYERS
Place pockets on outer fabric.
Stitch down the center lines (see step 3).
STEP 7 : AFFIX THE CLOSURE: BUTTON
|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
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.
Love the result!
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.
Thank you Amanda, for sharing!
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