My life is a mess. I don't mean figuratively. Literally, I'm a mess. Jesse is constantly picking up after me. I'm just messy and always have been. I try to fight it, but I'm just not naturally a neat & tidy & organized person. And at the center of my chaos is my trusty (& battered) Longchamp purse. At any given time, it's full of pens, notebooks, hairbands, business cards, lip gloss, & and at least one pair of sunglasses. I just inventoried now for the sake of this blog post and found two empty water bottles, one glove, three Kind bar wrappers, two bracelets, a ticket to a whale watch, & the menu from brunch at Huckleberry. Among many, many other things.
The point is, I'm realizing I need to actively work on my organization. It makes me crazy when I can't find something I need in there (like my AmEx card, tossed in the bag haphazardly, or a pen when I know there are five in there... somewhere). The first thing I need to do is toss all of the extra paper and trash. That part is tedious and isn't any fun. The second thing I need to do is wrangle my day-to-day items. And since I am trying to teach myself to sew, I figured I'd make a sturdy little bag within my purse to keep the things I need but can't always find in the handbag hodgepodge.
I was inspired by this blog project, which I've had pinned on Pinterest for ages, but also wanted to sew in a coordinated color lining. I figured I'd make a little bag that I could keep my makeup, Chapstick, & sunglasses in. It was my first project with a zipper. It turned out pretty sweet.
I started with laminated cotton & a matching fabric from Z Fabrics, plus a zipper, scissors, & straight pins. And my sewing machine, though you could totally sew this by hand.
I trimmed down my fabrics to the size I needed for the bag...
...and pinned them to one side of my zipper. First I pinned on the lining fabric...
Then I flipped it over and pinned on the laminated cotton:
I turned on my sewing machine (a Brother cs6000i, for those interested) and stitched the zipper & fabrics together. Then I repeated the entire process with the other side of the zipper...
Then, with the fabric facing inside out, I sewed the other three sides of the bag closed, flipped it inside out and voila:
I'm pretty obsessed with it. I love the colored dots on the inside and I think the bikes are so funky. Here's to getting organized, tackling a Pinterest project, & staying homey!
Where did you find Laminated Cotton?ReplyDelete
I bought it at a store called Z Fabrics in Portland, Maine... they had a great selection. But since you're probably NOT in Maine, here are some cute patterns you can order online:Delete
I went to my local JoAnn first, but they had a lame selection... mostly picnic table covers, etc.
Great idea!!! I am in need of a new makeup bag... I have some material I can use already too. Thanks for sharing! P.S. Love the material you used!ReplyDelete
I have a to-do list with a bag just like this at the top. I love your fabric choices! Great job!ReplyDelete
-sara @ applestonedrive.blogspot.com
This looks great! I am a novice sewer, but it seems like something I could do.ReplyDelete
Good for Christmas!ReplyDelete
i love your tutorial, it makes it look so easy. i wish i had a sewing machine so i could whip this up tonight. great job!ReplyDelete
Ummmmm so flippin cute......and because I'm nosey and love me some makeup!! Whats in the Nars case?!?! :0) JoannaReplyDelete
It's blush... I'm obsessed. Though Jesse always goes "you have sparkles on your cheeks again".Delete
Great post! I recognized the fabric right away. I'm a Portland resident too and love Z fabrics! I've made several rain jackets from their laminated cotton. I think I'll have to stop in tmrw despite the storm :) thx for sharingReplyDelete
I think they're moving super soon, so maybe try a call first? I LOVE it there and need to make another run soon!Delete
This laminate is super adorable! I love that you made a makeup bag out of it :-DReplyDelete
I'm IN LOVE with the bicycles!! and the polka dots!! Great pattern matching! I wish I could sew zippers ;) hahaReplyDelete
Lots of Love
To be fair I love the sparkles I feel like we are going to the clerbReplyDelete
What I really like is how you took a problem and came up with a cool solution. I would have just dumped everything out and started over! You have such great ideas!ReplyDelete
oh I love it! And it seems so simple...I'm really terrified of zippers! I make have to give it a try this weekend! Great job!ReplyDelete
The patterns are awesome. You did a wonderful job!ReplyDelete
It was an outstanding week of talent at Rook No. 17. Thank you for being a part of the creative energy and spirit that gives “A Little Birdie Told Me…” wings. Hope to see you again at this week’s party!ReplyDelete
P.S. Love the bicycle fabric. What a great way to mobilize yourself toward organization!
Oooh, I envy the sewing ability! This turned out so super adorable, I LOVE it!ReplyDelete
Thank you so much for linking up and sharing!