I made this organizing tool in order to secure and to round up the odds and ends that seem to migrate to the bottom of all of my bags. You can cater the sizes of the pockets to the items that you wish to wrangle. I made a few different sized pockets, and you can see that the finished product held small items like a pencil or a key chain swiss army knife. I completed this in about 20-30 minutes so it is definitely amenable to beginning sewers!
I made it at Techshop!
TechShop Pittsburgh: http://www.techshop.ws/pittsburgh.html
TechShop Homepage: http://www.techshop.ws
Step 1: Gather up all of your materials
- Fabric (three cut-outs: one 11"x17" and two 5"x7")
- Thread (not pictured, but I used white)
- Ribbon or something else to tie the whole thing together
- Standard sewing machine (I used the one at TechShop!)
- Water soluble pencil (or chalk) - anything that you can use to mark the fabric
- Optional: iron/ironing board (This makes creating hems easier, especially if you want tiny allowances.)
Step 2: Hem the sides of the inside pockets
To hem the inside pockets, take the one of the 5"x7" pieces and iron down about a 1/4" on each of the lateral sides (left and right). Then fold inside half of the once ironed flap and iron again so the final hem size is 1/8". Pin every 2-3".
Straight stitch the lateral sides (don't sew over the pins).
Do the same with the other two sides.
Repeat with the second 5"x7" piece.