I am so in love with this project. It encompasses so many things that I love in life-bright colored fabric (polka dots are a bonus), pens and notebooks and organization and sewing! Put it all together and what do you get? An On the Go Organizer:
Open it up and you’ll find space for so many things! You’ve got pockets for notebooks, cards, your phone, pens, your to do list-whatever else you need!
This could be perfect for taking to conferences or business meetings or for moms who have too much to keep track of to keep it all in one place.
Do you know where I got that fabric? Go on, take a guess. Bet you didn’t get it…
This fabric is from Target!
Oh ya! You read that right. TARGET now carries fabric! And not just any fabric, but this amazing line from Fabric Loft!
Here’s the scoop:
- 60 stores in the US now carry this fabric in pre-cut pieces from fat quarters to yards
- It comes in 4 different lines-all of which are amazing-I could hardly choose which one to use!
- They have canvas, burlap and cotton
- The canvas is sold online at Target.com and more fabric is being added online this month!
- There’s a giveaway for one lucky winner at the bottom of this post!
Now, let’s talk about how I used my first set of this fabric.
On the Go Organizer Tutorial:
- Fabric: I used 4 different fabrics for mine. You need about 1/4 yard of your main fabric and then smaller amounts (like fat quarters) for your other pieces
- Lightweight iron on interfacing
- Small piece of elastic
Here is your cutting guide-
From your main fabric cut:
- Two pieces that are 15 inches wide by 10 inches tall
- A small piece to hold your phone-my piece is 5.5″ wide by 6″ tall. That holds my iPhone 5S without a case on it. If you have a case, add at least 1/2″ or if you are using a different phone, size it to fit yours. You will be hemming both sides, so measure your phone’s width and then add about 2 inches.
From accent fabrics cut: (mix and match these as desired with your other fabrics)
- One large piece for a pocket that is 7 inches wide by 10 inches tall (this is the hot pink in the picture)
- One piece for a larger notebook or planner that is 8 inches wide by 9 inches tall (this is the chevron in the picture)
- Pockets-in my pictures I have three pockets in the top left corner. This is a little tricky to sew through this many layers. If your machine struggles at all with sewing through bulk I am going to recommend just 2 pockets here. Cut them 5.5″ wide and then mine are 4, 5, and 6 inches long. Adjust as needed.
Cut your iron on interfacing for all of these pieces as well. Then iron it on to the back of the fabric.
Hem (fold under half inch, fold under again half inch) the top of your notebook pocket piece (the 8″ x 9″ one) and the left side of it. Stitch the top part but don’t stitch the left side, just press the hem for now.
When you hem these, you will want to fold it under towards the side with the interfacing using your fingers:
But press it on the other side so that you don’t melt the interfacing:
Hem the top of your phone pocket and stitch it. On the two sides, hem it under with your iron but don’t stitch yet.
On the 2 or 3 small pockets hem the sides that will be in the center of your organizer (the right side of them). Stitch that part. Hem under with the iron the bottom side of the pockets.
Now, take the largest pocket piece (7″ x 10″) and hem the 10 inch side of that. The part that will be in the center of the organizer.
You are now ready to sew the pockets on to the 7″ x 10″ piece. Place the phone piece so that the bottom is even with the bottom of your large pocket piece. Sew up each side of the phone pocket. (Not across the top or bottom though).
Here is a layout view before I sewed to help you: (but my phone pocket is too far to the left in the picture. Make sure it is at least 1 inch in from the left side.
When you start sewing pockets on the left part you are ONLY sewing them to the large pocket piece (the hot pink in this image) for now. You will sew them to the polka dot piece later.
Place your small pockets in the upper left hand corner so that the top and the left side are even with the top and side of your large pocket piece. Sew them along the bottom edge of them. Set this aside.
Do this same thing-line up the edges and bottom of the notebook pocket with the right side and bottom of one of your MAIN fabric pieces. Sew up the left side.
Last, take a piece of elastic and cut it about 1 1/2 inches long. Sew it into the center of your fabric. You will sew it in place on either ends and then also sew lines down it to form a couple of pen holders:
With all of that done, grab your other main piece and place it on top of all of this, face down, so that right sides of the fabric are together:
Sew all the way around it but leave an opening in the top right side to turn it (above the notebook pocket). The opening should be about 4-5 inches big.
Turn it all right side out:
Then carefully press it all flat. This will take some work. Also, press the opening closed nicely so that you can’t tell it is there.
And it’s finished!