Basic Purse Organizer

No Pattern Required

No Pattern Required

holds glasses, iPod or phone, and more  

holds glasses, iPod or phone, and more
 

 

If you enjoy changing purses often, you’ll love this idea for an inside lining organizer with pockets for all the items you normally carry.  It snaps into any bag you make with my simple, matching Basic Purse directions.  The lining is just as easy to make.  Add as many pockets as you want and any size you choose to carry everything that is important to you. 

My layout includes 5 open pockets.  Note that the depth of the pockets varies.  (The top edges of the final organizer will be the left and right vertical edges seen in this photo). Each pocket is tailored for the item it will hold. If pockets are too deep, retrieving the item will be difficult.  All of the items stick out slightly from their pocket.

My layout includes 5 open pockets.  Note that the depth of the pockets varies.  (The top edges of the final organizer will be the left and right vertical edges seen in this photo). Each pocket is tailored for the item it will hold. If pockets are too deep, retrieving the item will be difficult.  All of the items stick out slightly from their pocket.

Directions

step 1 - Cut muslin fabric according to the directions following step #1 and #2 of the Basic Purse.  Iron Craft Fuse to the wrong side of the fabric.

step 2 - Lay the fabric flat, right side up.  Plan your pockets.  You can include as many as you choose, in any size.  Here’s my pocket design:
•one centered 5”X5” pocket on the bottom side, 6” from the edge
•four pockets in varying sizes (approx. 5.5” deep)across the top side.  Top edges of all pockets were lined with interfacing to give them more body.

step 3 - When all pockets are attached, follow steps #3 through #8 of the Basic Purse directions.

step 4 - Pin the snap tape to the right side of the organizer aligning the edge of the tape to the edge of the organizer.  Place the edge of the tape against the side seam stitching.  Use a zipper foot to sew downboth edges of the tape.

step 4 - Pin the snap tape to the right side of the organizer aligning the edge of the tape to the edge of the organizer.  Place the edge of the tape against the side seam stitching.  Use a zipper foot to sew downboth edges of the tape.

step 5 - Pin the opposite strip of snap tape to the wrong side of your finished Basic Purse by placing the edge of the tape against the side seam stitching, and aligning the edge of the tape to the edge of the hem.  Once in place, the tape will be not be visible because it is on the under side of the purse hem. 

step 6 - Turn the hem at the crease you made in step #2.  Machine stitch around the bag 2” from the top edge.

step 7 - Snap your organizer into your purse.  

step 7 - Snap your organizer into your purse.  

TIP

I used tape with metal snaps for this project but I recommend the kind of tape used in baby’s clothes.  The snaps are plastic and have a stronger hold than the metal type and are less bulky. Velcro is also an option.


Optional Structure
If you prefer a purse with more body, you can achieve it with plastic mesh or headliner.  Here’s how to create a three sided mesh structure that sits between the outer purse and the organizer offering body and flexibility.

BOTTOM - Cut one piece of plastic mesh 4” X 9.25”. 

SIDES - Cut two pieces of mesh 9.25” X 9.75”.

Attach the two side pieces to the bottom piece using yarn and overlapping stitches. 

Place the 3 sided structure into the purse between the organizer and the outer purse fabric.  Push the mesh firmly, and all the way to the bottom until it is seated properly.

If you’re looking for a softer feel, encase the plastic structure in fleece.

Attach the side pieces to the bottom using overlapping hand stitches.

Attach the side pieces to the bottom using overlapping hand stitches.

Push the mesh firmly, and all the way to the bottom until it is seated properly. 

Push the mesh firmly, and all the way to the bottom until it is seated properly. 


Supplies

At Fabric Shop

  • 1 yard of muslin fabric
  • thread
  • 27” snap tape
  • Craft Fuse interfacing
  • 2 sheets plastic mesh and yarn (optional)
  • sewing notions

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