|My spin on the multi-zip organizer...|
It's smaller than the "other" multi-zip organizers out there, primarily because it's designed to be an electronics gadget carry-all. (Not to pigeon-hole it by any means, as I'm sure you can come up with plenty of other uses for something like this. My tester Nekane used it to cart around her jewelry on a recent vacation!)
I have done what I consider to be my usual thorough job with this PDF pattern. Like my previous ones, it is fairly lengthy at 37 pages — with 3 pages of actual pattern pieces — but the length is mainly due to the inclusion of more than 75 photos to supplement the detailed sewing and assembly instructions.
|A sampling of some of the pages from my Gadget Grab 'n' Go pattern...|
The Gadget Grab 'n' Go organizer features a diagonal external zip closure that gives it a totally unique and funky look. Inside, you'll find two zippered pockets that act as dividers to create three other storage compartments. It is perfect for carting around small electronics like cell phones, eReaders, mp3 players, personal gaming systems (do kids still play Nintendo?) and their various memory and SIM cards, batteries, cables and chargers. Want to see a couple more? I made two others for a cousin for gift-giving.
As a bonus, this pattern includes tips on how to resize, add pockets, and create the version with the straight zipper closure! How cool is that?
|BONUS... pattern includes the specs for the straight zipper closure variation also!|
How Big is this Thing?
The Gadget Grab 'n' Go is approximately 7" x 4" x 4.5" (or 18cm x 10cm x 11.5cm). It's a really forgiving pattern, so your actual results might vary depending on how well you adhere to the seam allowances. It can also store a lot, as you can see here.
|All of the stuff on the right can be stored inside the Gadget Grab 'n' Go...|
Note: In actual use, it is best to keep this organizer filled to capacity. If loosely packed, things may fall out of the two end compartments when you pick it up by the "handle".
Who is this Project For?
I would say this is an "intermediate beginner and up" project. It's not inherently difficult when broken down into its component parts, but it may be intimidating for an absolute beginner. That said, I have provided a lot of photos to back up the instructions so I don't want to strike fear in the heart of anyone. I would say that if you have sewn a lined, zippered pouch recently, you should have no trouble recognizing how this should be put together. The binding that goes around the perimeter may pose a bit of a challenge, but it's something that you can only learn by doing, so there you go.
|Interior of the Gadget Grab 'n ' Go...|
How Long Will this Project Take?
That really depends on how much experience you have. I can guarantee that if you've made something similar before, you will be able to fly right through the construction in a few hours. If you've never done anything like it before and your sewing experience is not so great, it could take you a couple of days. Most people will likely be able to complete the project within a day.
What do I Need to Make this Project?
Requirements for this project:
- 1 yard/metre of non-directional print fabric in total (although you will probably want to use two or more different fabrics for this)
- Two 7" (18cm) standard nylon zippers
- Pellon Peltex or combination of both Decor Bond & fusible fleece of your choice - 16" x 6.5" (40.5cm x 16.5cm)
- One 18" (46cm) nylon zipper (a separating zipper will make it easier to sew, but it's not necessary)
- Decor Bond (or medium weight fusible interfacing of your choice) - 8" x 10" (20.5cm x 25.5cm)
- Pins, binder clips, scissors, marking pen, iron, rotary cutter & mat, etc.
- Zipper foot
- Matching/contrasting thread
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