Monday, February 14, 2011

15-minute organizer/make-up purse tutorial



Hi, everyone! Good "monday" morning! In my side of the world, it's 00:02 right now. I have just finished, 15 minutes ago, an organizer/make-up purse. I actually have already created a tutorial for this and have shared it with Truly Lovely readers when we swapped blogs. You can find it here. I was intending to repost it here but I didn't have enough pictures so I decided to make one (or three... I have only finished one, though) This time it's roomier compared to the first version. 

This is the first version: my organizer with wristlet



I am so happy with it. I liked being able to have my purse (more like a diaper bag and purse fused into one ^^) organized and being able to find my things just by looking for the organizer. Inside, I have my migraine tablets, a highlighter (marker), a pen, a contact cards holder, a small memo pad, a small telephone book, a pack of tissue, a pack of mint candy, a spare ponytail catcher, a lip balm and my keys.



So, I had been planning to make some to give away to some lovely ladies. And in the process, share the tutorial with you. It took me 15 minutes (cutting the fabric, sewing and taking pictures in between). Please do not get confused if the fabrics in all the pictures are not the same. As I will be using some pictures from both organizers. 

You could use any fabric you want. For mine, I used linen for the exterior and cotton for the interior. You could also use anything for embellishment: from ruffles, laces, fabric yoyos, iron-on transfers... let your imagination fly!

Now, on to the tutorial!

You will need:

2 pcs. 6" x 9" (edited from 5" x 6") fabric (exterior)
2 pcs. 6" x 9" fabric (interior)
1 pc. 1.0" x 12.5" for wristlet (optional, your folded and sewed wrislet will be 1/4" wide)
1 pc. 5" x 4.25" for card holder
2 pcs. 1" x 4.0" (changed from 5.0") for zipper end-cover
1 zipper 7" long -- this measurement is the entire opening of your purse or the zipper opening (when measured from one metal tip to another metal tip, but my entire zipper length- including the extra part of the zipper is 8")
thread and basic sewing notions


THESE MEASUREMENTS ARE BASED ON MY OWN PURSE NOT THE BIGGER PURSE YOU SEE BELOW THIS POST AS THE FINISHED PRODUCT. THE LAST PURSE PHOTO YOU COULD SEE BELOW THIS POST IS ONE OF THE THREE PURSES I MADE TO GIVEAWAY. WHILE ABOVE MEASUREMENTS ARE BASED ON MY OWN PURSE, PHOTO SEEN ABOVE. YOU CAN OF COURSE PLAY WITH YOUR MEASUREMENTS BASED ON HOW BIG OR SMALL OR HOW WIDE YOU'D WANT YOUR PURSE TO BE.

STEPS:

Get one of your exterior fabric and sew on whatever embellishment you'd want to use.





This is an optional step: Get your wristlet piece. Fold it in four equal parts like this, lengthwise as if you're making your own bias tape. You could iron or pin before sewing. Sew a straight stitch. Do not forget the backtracks! Set it aside.



Get your card holder piece. Fold it in half, right sides together and sew all the sides leaving 1"-2" unsewn so you could turn it. Turn and topstitch on which would be the top of your card holder.



 Get one of your interior fabric and sew on your cardholer. But before that, make sure to look for the center of your fabric, mark or pin as necessary before sewing your card holder piece on.


Now, you have a card or ID holder.



Now, get one of your zipper end-cover piece and fold it crosswise as shown below (as if you're making a bias tape.


Get your zipper, cover one end with the folded end cover and sew it on.  Your zipper would have to be sandwiched, in between the folds of your fabric piece. It would be easier if for this step, you adjust your machine's velocity knob to the slowest as you have to be careful with the metallic parts of the zipper so as not to damage your needle.  

MY END COVER JUST COVERED THE METAL PARt OF YOUR ZIPPER, LEAVING JUST ENOUGH ALLOWANCE FOR ME TO BE ABLE TO SEW BESIDE THE METAL PIECE. IT WOULD ALSO BE GREAT IF YOU REMOVE THAT METAL PART TO AVOID BROKEN AND BENT NEEDLE ^^)


Do the same to the other end. AT THIS POINT, MY ZIPPER OPENING IS 7" WHILE THE ENTIRE LENGTH OF MY ZIPPER + END COVER IS 8.25"


Now, it's time to assemble our organizer!

Place your pieces this way: exterior piece right side up, zipper right side down and interior piece right side down. Make sure that your fabrics are paired this way: Embellished front + plain interior, plain exterior + interior with card holder.

You could see that our zipper end (now covered) is about 1/4" shorter on each side. Do not fret. This is because we are not sewing it with our exterior and interior fabric. Later on, you'd see that your stitches will be just right beside the tip of your zipper ends (I hope I make sense... sometimes, I even confuse myself ^^)



Change your regular foot to a zipper foot and sew the three pieces together. Turn then topstitch. Do the same to the other side.



Get your wristlet and sew it on one of your exterior fabrics with a basting stitch. 


On one of your interior fabrics, you could now sew on your personalized label/tag if you have one.


Now, very important: leave your zipper open all the way or almost all the way^^) If you don't, you would have a hard time turning your organizer later!

Pin together, if necessary, before sewing your fabrics: exterior + exterior, interior + interior ; right sides together. We will be sewing a straight stitch 1/4" seam on all sides and leave just 2" unsewn (center part of the fabric, would be easier for turning) on your interior fabric (where we will be turning inside out our organizer later on). I have decided to sew a zigzag stitch also so the edges of my fabrics won't fray. Our purse is now 8.5" wide from one stitched side to another stitched side, (with 0.25" seam allowances on each side)



Do this (as shown below) on all four corners and sew a straight stitch 1/2"-3/4" depending on how wide you want your base to be, from the pointy edge.


So, you'll have this:




Cut the edges to have less bulk and more room ^^)



Turn your purse now... don't be impatient so the unsewn part of your interior fabric won't fray!


Sew close the unsewn part of your interior fabrics using your preferred style.

And tada! you now have an organizer/make-up/carry-all (or almost all ^^)purse!

Filled for picture-taking purposes only ^^)


I showed the finished item to my hubby (who was busy with a chess match with the computer) who just mumbled something like "yeah... it's ok..." ^^) And I went on and took more pictures.



I  hope you liked today's tutorial! Make one now! You won't even have to buy fabrics! I am sure you could find something in your scraps! I would really love to see how yours turned out!


And oh! One of the blogs we are following, Noodlehead, has a great tutorial for a gathered clutch here!



Now, I am off to bed then to dreamland. Two medical appointments are waiting for me. One for the little guy with his pedia for a follow-up check-up and one for the princess with her dentist for a routinary check-up... And oh! Happy valentine's day to all of you lovelies! ^^)

Have a nice monday everyone! Happy sewing!



P.S. Thanks to Anonymous for her feedback/observation below. I will--from now on-- check and re-check my post before hitting  the publish button.





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Karen said...

I loved this tutorial. It is such a cute and easy purse. I am going to look thru my stash and see what I can scrounge up! Thanks for sharing.

Samantha said...

I have never, ever, ever though of putting a card slot inside a purse like this....genius!!

Thanks for the ideas!

Samantha x

Judy said...

What a great tutorial. I am impressed. I saw you over at Sew Chatty and linked over. I am your latest follower. I would love for you to come and follow me back at www.diybydesign.blogspot.com. Thanks so much. Looking forward to keeping up with your blog.

Caitlin @ CaitsCreates said...

This is an awesome project! You are so talented! Just visiting from "These Creative Juices"

Lesley said...

Wow! This is just fabulous!

Jamie said...

That is so cute! I saw the word "organizer" and I just had to click. lol. I love it. Following you from These Creative Juices Blog link party. Please stop by my blog when you can. http://diyhshp.blogspot.com/

radn said...

lovely tutorial!

Marianne said...

Your tutorial is so easy to read and follow and the pictures are great. I really like your organizer and might one day try to make it.
Thank you for sharing.

Freebies Mom said...

New follower from Thrifty Thursday.
So happy to find your awesome blog!
Love the purse!
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Heavenly Savings said...

Oh my I am in love with that bag! So cute! I’m a new follower Happy Thursday!! I would love for you to stop and take a look at my blog as well! Thanks!
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Made By Gen said...

It is so cute tutorial. A new follower.. Hope you follow back...

Ginger said...

I need to make one of these. Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!

The Treasurista said...

How Creative! Thanks for linking up. Make sure to come enter contest to win a pair of DownEast Basic jeans this week.

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AllieMakes! said...

LOVE the fabrics! Thank you for the tutorial!
Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!
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Anonymous said...

I am making this tonight and I don't beleive you have posted the correct measurements. No way does your picture of the wristlet look like 1/4 inch wide which a 1 inch piece of fabric would be, folded as you instruct. Also why is my 7 inch zipper too long when your picture shows yours too short? There is something wrong in these pictures.

To Sew With Love said...

hi, anonymous! the wrislet piece was 1 inch wide, folded in two, lengthwise and after folden in two again. the first two creases from the edge were folded inwards wrong sides together and then folded inwards right sides together. However, you can make yor wristlet piece wider or less wider, longer or shorter than mine. also my zipper piece after being covered by two end covers it is still 7 inches long as tip or edge of your zipper will be aligned and will touch the folded edge. I will try to post more photos if I see some in my files to make my explanation clearer.

To Sew With Love said...

hi, anonymous! the wrislet piece was 1 inch wide, folded in two, lengthwise and after folden in two again. the first two creases from the edge were folded inwards wrong sides together and then folded inwards right sides together. However, you can make yor wristlet piece wider or less wider, longer or shorter than mine. also my zipper piece after being covered by two end covers it is still 7 inches long as tip or edge of your zipper will be aligned and will touch the folded edge. I will try to post more photos if I see some in my files to make my explanation clearer.

Anonymous said...

so excited to dig thru stash to make one (or 3) of these adorable little bags... but we are in the middle of moving. A list of anticipated projects has officially been started !!! thank you so much!!!

Anonymous said...

Love how you did the ends of the zipper. Thanks for the great tutorial!

lucijane said...

I am new to this site, and only sew by hand. I was wondering if you sell these organizers, and if so, could you please post the site. I love the ruffles and the "newspaper" look. It is just what I have been looking for. Or maybe this could be done by hand sewing, just not sure. Thank you for wonderful ideas and projects.

Marge Gary said...

I just read the tutorial and it's a great idea. I have so nmuch "stuff" in the bottom of my purse I had another idea. Make 2 or 3 out of different fabrics. Put coupons in one, cosmetics in one, other items in another. By using different fabrics, you'd be able to identify which bag to grab.

Anonymous said...

Hi umm I tried this project because i thought it was adorable and I didn't understand it and my project was all messed up in the end. I would just like to make a suggestion to read it over to make sure it makes sense! thanks for the idea though. it was super cute. but i probably wasted about $12.

Pollyntx said...

What a great idea. Thanks so much for the Great tutorial. I love the zipper idea...so much cuter than just putting a zipper in. YOU ROCK!

Kayli@Truly Lovely said...

Oooo this bag is so cute!!! :) I love it, you picked well! And thank you SO much for the birthday wish- made my whole day!

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