Decluttering Purses: The Home Made Organizer

Posted on September 25, 2009 by
Categories: Lifehacks
Estimated reading time: 2 minutes, 8 seconds

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There are not many articles I will bring over from LauraEarnest.com in preparation for shutting that blog down, but this is one of the few.


I am someone who has multiple purses, and I change frequently (almost every day). It took some time to transfer everything, though, even when I had all small items contained in zipper pouches.

A few months ago I saw the Purseket that had pockets you could put things in and it would spring to conform to your purse. But at a price of $20, I was unwilling to go there. I decided to make an organizer.

The Personally Crafted Purse Organizer

In order to make one of these, you will need materials and access to a sewing machine. (You could try sewing by hand, but the thickness will make it difficult; gluing will not work.

Measuring

In order to determine how much material you will need, remove everything from your purse. Lay it out, and measure the width of the items.

Allow extra width for item thickness.

Also measure the height that will work for most items — don’t make it too deep or you won’t be able to get your small stuff out. You will want to be able to access everything without digging to the bottom of the pockets. Your base rectangle will be the width of your items plus 1 inch, by twice the average height of your items plus 1 inch.

Materials

  • Fabric. You will need enough fabric to provide for two of your measured rectangles, plus a few inches.
  • Interfacing. I bought the stiffest interfacing I could find, one rectangle size.
  • Notions You will need thread, scissors, pins, and a sewing machine.

Assembly

  1. Wash and iron your fabric. Even out the edges to make it straight (this will make cutting easier).
  2. Cut two rectangles out of the fabric.
  3. Sew the two rectangles right sides together, along the long edges. Turn right side out.
  4. Cut one rectangle out of the interface to fit the space between the fabric.
  5. Fold the fabric/interfacing piece in half the long way. Pin where you want your divisions to go. Hint: intersperse smaller pockets with the larger to make the organizer more flexible
  6. Sew along the pin lines to create the pockets.
  7. Trim the edges with a scissors. If you want, you can try and trim the interfacing a bit smaller than the fabric. But it really doesn’t matter.
  8. Zig-zag stitch (or otherwise bind) the two ends. Cut the fabric close to the zig-zag.

And you’re done!


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