|Top view of my Wave Purse Organizer...|
Sew it UpPin your two pieces of fabric right sides together and sew all the way around using a 1/2” seam allowance.
On one of the ends, sew around (and reinforce) the two corners, but leave a turning gap in the middle. (Sewing the corners makes it much easier to close the gap properly later.)
Clip excess fabric from the corners and the curvy parts and then turn the whole thing right side out. Poke out your corners and press well, paying particular attention to the turning gap that was left open.
|Turned right side out and pressed; it's essentially half done...|
Topstitch around the entire piece, 1/4” away from the edge, trapping your key clip assembly in place as you do so.
Create the PocketsWith the lining side up and the flat edge positioned at the top, lift the bottom (wavy) edge up and fold it down on top of the entire assembly. Leave one inch of lining showing at the highest point.
Confirm that both ends are the same height, and then press well along the fold.
Secure the two ends by sewing along the same line as the topstitching, stitching back and forth several times to reinforce.
You now have a 20" strip to divide into pockets. Here is a guide to the width required for various pocket types that you might want to include:
- Pen slot: 1.5" (like the one that I made; can fit up to two slim pens; you might want to position these at the crest of your wave, wherever that might be)
- Vertical card slot: 2.5"
- Horizontal card slot: 4" (ensure that you position this along the trough of your wave so that you can access the cards)
- Basic pocket: 4" (a good size that will store a multitude of stuff)
- Lipstick slot: 2" (this is to accommodate larger lipsticks; my Lip Smacker gloss fits into a standard pen slot)
|My Wave Purse Organizer all divided up into pockets...|
Hints & TipsLet me describe what is in my purse organizer to give you some idea of how you might want to create yours. (By the way, for those who are curious, the brown fabric is a faux suede re-purposed from a skirt that I was about to donate; the light beige-y fabric is from that Sears drapery panel that I spoke of a couple of posts ago! I think they work quite well together, don't you?)
Below, on the other side, I have a purse hanger in a standard pen slot, a Cover Girl powder compact in a basic 4" pocket, my Lip Smacker lip gloss, some antihistamines, and a Listerine pocketpak (last three pockets are each about 1.5") .
For the Wave Purse Organizer, here are some suggestions for what you can do to change it up and possibly create your own pattern and project:
|Another view of my Wave Purse Organizer...|
- Make it a zig-zag organizer… or a double-wave organizer… or a... you get the idea
- If you plan very carefully, you can add patch or pleated pockets on top of the existing pockets
- Make the whole thing longer... or shorter... or taller
- Make it double-sided by starting with a larger piece of fabric and adding another fold
- Add monograms!
UPDATE: August 13, 2016 — Want an organizer for your tote bag? See my post here...
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