Step 9: Create a plastic pocket.

Originally I had intended to use clear vinyl so that I had see-through pockets. However I couldn't get hold of any and was then inspired by the Etsy tutorial on Fusing Plastic to try using old plastic bags.

The Etsy tutorial can be found at;-

I used only thin clear bags for my pockets as I wanted to see at a glance what was in the pockets.
Even then, after fusing, the plastic is not as see-through as before due to the many air bubbles in the layers of plastic.

I followed the Etsy tutorial to fuse the bags but used only 4 layers as the pockets in the organizer would be very small and not need to take much weight. I put the plastic between two pieces of wax paper, set the iron to a cool setting and ironed until all the plastic layers had fused together.

The plastic material that was produced had to be trimmed to create a rectangle and to match the height that I needed for my pockets. The plastic was much wider than my organizer but I needed the extra width for one pocket to store bulky items.

Having got a piece of neatly trimmed plastic place it on the organizer background in the chosen location or your pocket. To make a neat finish place a length of ribbon on top of the edge, tucking the raw ribbon edge in and stitch down both sides of the ribbon. See picture 2.

Repeat this at the other end of the plastic. see picture 3.

To create a flat pocket lay the plastic on the fabric. Decide the width of pocket that you want. At the chosen width sew a length of ribbon vertically to create pocket side, tucking in the raw edge of the ribbon at the top. Picture 4 shows how 2 flat pockets have been created from the plastic material.

The rest of the length of plastic is used to create a 'standing out' pocket that will be able to store bulkier items.

Fold the plastic so that there are folds at both sides of the pocket. The folds should be equal. Secure the folds with clips - see picture 5.

Sew the bottom edge of all the plastic pockets in place by sewing a length of ribbon at the base of the pockets. Tuck in the raw edges in at the end and sew close to both sides of the ribbon.

To help close the 'bulky' pocket cut a length of hook and loop tape the width of the pocket (see picture 6). Stick the hook part to the organizer background near the top of the pocket. Stick the loop part on the inside of the pocket so that it meets the hook part.