Sunday, October 14, 2012

Purse Organizer

A friend/coworker carries one of those satchel-type handbags and I noticed that she was having difficulty finding anything in it since she has to carry so much with her all day.  Her purse is a combo handbag/brief case/tote...    so I decided to make a purse organizer for her.


I had found a cool purse organizer tutorial that I used, except I made it longer...  since Tina's purse is at least 14-16" long.   I went stash diving and came up with...

I pieced two strips cut from each FQ, and then used the iron-on purse batting/lining stuff to give the "outside" some body.

After pressing on the lining/batting...

I sewed the two pieces of fabric together, leaving a 3-4" opening for turning.

I clipped each corner....

... before turning it right-side out.  I pressed it before top stitching around the edges using a multi-colored thread to go with the multi-colored dots.   (I love variegated thread!)

Next, you fold the organizer-to-be up about 3" and pin.... and then stitch "pockets" in the organizer.

The purse organizer tutorial states adding 1" to the width of the various items you need to organize in your purse.  Since I don't know what all Tina carries in her purse.... I used suggested measurements plus a couple of sections to hold pens/pencils.... and another to hold her Splenda packets!

Once filled with your stuff, your purse is organized.... and it's easy to transfer stuff from one purse to another!  A good thing about this type purse organizer is that you can fold it to fit whatever size your handbag is.

I like that you can tuck your billfold/wallet and other larger items between the folded purse organizer.   If you don't need one yourself...  I think this quick project would make a very nice gift!

The original tutorial for the purse organizer can be found here

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Shipping Update:

Someone wasn't too excited..... 


  1. That purse organizer looks very handy. I always buy a purse with lots of pockets, but I like that this could be transfered from purse to purse.
    Looks like Grandma scored big time!! : )

  2. One very happy kid, I'm just curious how his Mom made the helmet.
    Greetings Roos

  3. He looks very happy - well done, Grandma!

  4. Your shiny guy looks really happy in his outfit - as well he should! :o)

    I've had that organiser bookmarked for a long time and have been meaning to make it "sometime". Yours looks really good. I'm sure your friend will love it.

  5. Aren't you just the clever one!! What a great friend!!! Henry looks perfectly delighted!! WTG Grandma!!

  6. A purse organizer is a great Christmas gift idea as so many purses/totes don't have enough pockets. Love the polka dot fabric.

    And your grandson looks thrilled. I hope we get to see a picture of the completed costume.

  7. Yup! I'd say he's one excited little boy. Glad your package finally arrived. Love the purse organizer. Thanks for sharing the links.

  8. May the force be with you! Costume looks great (and I am relieved that it really is for your grandson and not some secret outfit for you! :-) Great gift idea in the purse organizer!

  9. It's so good to see that his costume arrived! He looks very happy :)

  10. I might have to try one of those organizers! What a FUN. FUN picture of a happy boy! love it.

  11. Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Bee Craft Inspirations, under the Page 1 post on Oct. 14, 2012. Thanks again.


  12. So lovely!!! Love the polka dolts one! Thanks so much for sharing the tutorial! I'd love for you to visit my blog.
    Happy weekend!

    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft

  13. I'm going to check out that tutorial - sounds like just what I need.

    And you definitely came through for the grandson. There is nothing like having a satisfied customer.

  14. Thank you for sharing the tutorial. Love the picture of grandson with Halloween costume. Don't you just love it when you get something SO RIGHT!

  15. I can't believe I missed this! That is the cutest pic of your GS and his costume!! :) You're the best grandma EVER. Love your blocks in your most recent post, and that sign for the door.. I need that too! "except for thin mints".. yes! What illegal addictive substance do they put in those anyway.. can never have enough thin mints. lol