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POCKETS A-GO-GO Purse Organizer

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Want to change purses as fast as Clark Kent changes into Superman? Want everything in your bag to be convenient and in sight? Want to keep your phone and stuff from being scratched?

These clever little pocket clutches will do it all!

  • Puts everything within easy reach
  • Has nine pockets in different sizes hold a variety of necessities
  • Lets items slip in and out easily
  • Separates sharp items from easily scratched ones
  • Holds its shape, gives form to unstructured bags
  • Keeps stuff from shifting and getting lost

Okay, you have probably seen these for sale, retailing for $15 - $20. http://www.containerstore.com/browse/Product.jhtml?CATID=254&PRODID=10019933

This is a similar concept, but a slightly different design that I find easier to manage than those very long strips.

These organizers are approximately 8" long x 5" high when finished, so that they fit in even modestly small purses.

Best of all, they are absurdly easy to make.

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Step 1: Hardly any materials needed

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All you need is some relatively lightweight fabric cut to a 20"x16" rectangle. You know, this would be a perfect project for one of those fat quarters type remnants they sell these days!

You should also have an iron.

A sewing machine is very handly, but not necessary if you are a hand sewer.

Step 2: Fold and Press, Fold and Press

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Most of the work will be ironing creases in the material at regular intervals.

Start by pressing under two 1/4" hems on either end.

Then fold the fabric in half (to make a 16"x10" rectangle) and press again.

Open it up and flip it over.

Turn up a 5" flap on either side and press again.

By now, your folded piece should be approximately 16" by 11", with a couple of pre-pockets forming.
snotty2 years ago
Dude, AWESOME!

I've seen the need for this many times.
kaizengirl3 years ago
After you fold it in half. You could have sewn the bottom closed and the side up. This would create another pocket in the middle?
Bitsi (author)  kaizengirl3 years ago
Yes, in fact that's what I did. And I'm still using the same one two years later!
:-)
Erissed13 years ago
Perfect!, this was what I was looking for :D thanks
debbie_044 years ago
wow! very brilliance organize pocket..I really likes and thank you for sharing your idea:)
Kiteman4 years ago
Kitewife just made one of these as a gift for a friend - she likes.
Bitsi (author)  Kiteman4 years ago
 High praise, indeed.  Thanks for sharing.  :-)
Nettiemac4 years ago
I think this is a great idea. Might just have to whip something like this for my work bag to keep my camera, novel, pens, puzzle book, sunglasses, cell phone, craft item, etc findable. I drive a school bus and take stuff with me for those unexpected things like breakdowns in the middle of nowhere, or waiting around for my passengers.
So it's like an extra purse in your purse?
Bitsi (author)  threecheersfornick6 years ago
Um.. well, yeah. Actually, it's more like undergarments, providing inconspicuous lift and support. :-)
To babair: I like the "undergarments" comparison. Great instructable! Easy, inexpensive, good photos, and appeals to at least half the population. The other half of the population has pockets in their clothes. To threecheersfornick, think not having to dig to the bottom of a bag to find a pen. This organizer keeps the pen sticking up and accessible. Once you find the pen, you will know that your wallet is here, your cell is there - all by feel. An extra plus in the dark recesses of a purse. If you don't carry a purse, you won't "get it."
I was joking, just a teensy-weensy bit.