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!