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Saturday, 4 January 2014

Free Pattern/Tutorial: The Wave Purse Organizer [Pt 1]

The Wave Purse Organizer by eSheep Designs
My Wave Purse Organizer filled with stuff...
I have used a purse organizer for years. I love the convenience of simply whipping it out and tossing it into another bag without worrying about whether I have every doodad that I need with me... particularly over the past year, when I have been switching purses more often than I have ever done before in my life! When I discovered all of those purse organizer patterns online, I knew I would eventually come up with one of my own.

The Wave Purse Organizer by eSheep Designs
Here is my Wave Purse Organizer inside one of my new bags...
So here is the first contribution from the “designer” side of me: a two tone purse organizer that features pockets of varying heights (hence the name). It is incredibly easy to make; it should take you no more than a couple of hours to whip it up if you have all of the necessary supplies.

Completed dimensions of the Wave Purse Organizer are 20.5” wide by 4.25” high; pockets range in height from 1.75” to 3.25”. (Yes, even though I’m Canadian, I’m of an age that leaves me trapped between imperial and metric and when it comes to small measurements, I still tend to think in inches. For your convenience, however, if you need to convert to metric, check this Craftsy link.)

Material requirements include two pieces of coordinating fabric (exterior and lining; you can, of course, use the same fabric if you prefer), 22” x 8.5” each; a piece of fusible stabilizer or interfacing (I used my supply of D├ęcor Bond) cut to a slightly smaller size, and matching thread. If you want to add a clip for keys, you will need another small piece of 2” x 3” fabric and a small D-ring or lobster clasp/hook.


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Make the Pattern

What’s great about this pattern is that it is totally “do it yourself”. And there's really no right or wrong way to make it, although I will provide instructions based on the one shown here. All you need is a regular piece of 8.5” x 11” paper.

Lay your piece of paper in front of you landscape style and make some marks along the bottom to divide the page into thirds. Just eyeball it; there’s no need to be absolutely precise.

Measure up 1.25” from the bottom of the page along the left margin and make a mark there as well.

The Wave Purse Organizer by eSheep Designs

Draw two lines as shown here:

The Wave Purse Organizer by eSheep Designs

Curve your line to create the following shape:

The Wave Purse Organizer by eSheep Designs

Cut out the shape to create your pattern piece. Note: when you use this, your fabric will have to be cut on the fold.

The Wave Purse Organizer by eSheep Designs


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Cut the Fabric

Before you take scissors to your fabric, decide whether you want to create a wave with a crest (high point in the middle like the one I made) or a trough (low point in the middle). If you want a crest, you will need to cut on the fold along the high side of the pattern piece, as shown here:

The Wave Purse Organizer by eSheep Designs
The left (high) side is where you should have your fabric cut on the fold if you want a crest wave, resulting in the following pieces...
The Wave Purse Organizer by eSheep Designs

If you want a trough, cut on the fold on the low side of the pattern piece.

If you are making the key clip, cut yourself out a rectangular scrap of either fabric, measuring 2” x 3”.


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Cut & Apply Interfacing

Cut your interfacing using the same pattern piece, but shift it about an inch down and to the side so that you end up with a smaller piece. (This will leave the seams with less bulk, particularly at both ends, which I guarantee you will appreciate.)

The Wave Purse Organizer by eSheep Designs

Fuse the interfacing to the exterior piece of your Wave Purse Organizer.

The Wave Purse Organizer by eSheep Designs

Make the Key Clip (Optional)

If you are making the key clip, take your 2” x 3” rectangle and fold it in half lengthwise; press.

Open up the piece of fabric and fold both sides in towards the crease; press again.

The Wave Purse Organizer by eSheep Designs

Fold along the original crease, enclosing all raw edges inside and press once more. (You now have a mini “strap”.) Sew together, staying as close to the edge as you can. Run another line of stitching down the opposite side. (Leave the two ends open.)

Thread your D-ring or lobster clasp through it and set aside.

The Wave Purse Organizer by eSheep Designs

If you have sewing experience, you probably already know how to put this one to bed. Everyone else will have to wait until my next posting to get the rest of the instructions, as well as hints on how to divide the pockets and customize the project.

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If you are "sew" inclined, feel free to make and sell as many Wave Purse Organizers as you care to; I only ask that you credit me and this blog by attaching the following card to the item.

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If you want to have a copy of this tutorial in PDF format, please go to my Craftsy shop and download it for free!


19 comments:

  1. I have seen other purse/tote organizers but I like this one best. It is so aggravating when you have to put a short item into a tall pocket. Life is complicated enough so I love anything I will use to be quick and easy. :-P

    Great job on a clear tutorial with related pics! I haven't run into your site before but now that I have, I will be checking it out now and in future. KUDOS!

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    1. Wow - thank you so much for your kind words. Always good to know that something you've thought up is actually useful. ;-)

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  2. I am already doing it! Thanks a lot! I loved it.

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    1. Wonderful to hear! Thanks so much for letting me know.

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  3. My friend and I are going to Australia--I am make 2 of the Wave purse organizers with my own twist. Instead of inner facing I used mylar covered with tin foil and duct tape to make the insert RFID scanner proof. Thanks for the wave idea--it is perfect for travelling.

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    1. Ah, good ol' duct tape. Cool idea - thank you back for sharing.

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  4. Brilliant! On my priority list of things to do. Thank you!

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    1. Most welcome - always nice to be considered a priority!

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  5. I have 3 grown daughters and always looking for gifts that I can give them to make their lives a little easier. This is something that would be a wonderful blessing for each of them. I thank you for sharing such a great design.

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    1. You're very welcome - and I am grateful for your feedback as well.

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  6. The varying heights of pockets are useful but what makes this my go to purse organizer is it fits ANY purse I wish to use because it is a straight line that rolls or unrolls to fit the inside of the bag I am going to carry. Thank you!!

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    1. Always delighted to hear that something simple truly works for people! You are certainly welcome (and thank you also).

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  7. Thank you for sharing this idea, its wonderful, I have some big bags where its a problem finding things I put inside, so now I will not have that problem any more.

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    1. You're welcome! Thanks for taking the time to comment.

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    2. NANCY J; IT LOOKS EASY THANKS!

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  8. Perhaps I am an idiot but at the end of your processes I have two pieces of fabric with interfacing and a key fob. Nothing that approaches an organizer ???

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    1. Two suggestions: either go to next week's posting for the remainder of the instructions (as was indicated at the end of the above post: "...wait until my next posting to get the rest of the instructions...") or download the free PDF from the links provided.

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  9. Where do I download the card for bags that I sell?

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    1. If you go to the bottom of the next post (http://esheepdesigns.blogspot.ca/2014/01/free-patterntutorial-wave-purse_11.html) you can save a copy of the image from there. Or if you have the PDF, the same image is at the end of the PDF.

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