Shopping list and coupon organizer tutorial
*organizer is designed to hold a 4 x 6 pad of paper, pen, small calculator and more!
(allow 1- 1 1/2 hours to make)
* 2 pieces of iron on stabilizer (I use pellion brand)
In the main color cut one piece of fabric to the following sizes:
*14″ x 8 1/2″ (inside of organizer)
*13″ x 8 1/2″ (outside of organizer)
*9″ x 8 1/2″ (inside pocket)
In a contrasting color, cut fabric to the following sizes:
*Four pieces of fabric at 4 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ (zippered pouch)
*21″ x 2 1/2″ (elastic closure)
*12″ x 7″ (pocket for pad and pen)
Now that you have all of your pieces cut out, let’s get started!
Fold the 14″ x 8 1/2″ piece in half. Cut. Now you will have 2 pieces of fabric that are 7″ x 8 1/2″.
Set aside.Gather the four 4 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ pieces of fabric that will be used to make the zippered pouch.
Lay one piece of fabric right side up. Take the zipper and line it up even with the top edge of that piece of fabric. Now take one more piece of fabric and place it on top of the zipper. Make sure all three pieces are line up perfectly. Pin in place.
Here is a closer look at them all lined up.
Sew using a zipper foot or if you are like me and don’t have one just use your regular foot. It may get a little tricky around where the zipper pull is, but what I usually do is once you get to the zipper I back stitch a few stitches and take my needle out. Then I unzip the zipper and move it out of the way into the area that has already sewn. Again, I make sure the zipper edge is even with the edges of the fabric. Then I finish stitching that side. I have had no problems with this way of doing it. I’m sure a zipper foot would be easier and faster and someday I will get one, but for now this works for me.
Fold fabric down and iron. This is one side of the pouch, now you need to make the other side.Repeat with the other two pieces of fabric on the other side of the zipper.
It will look like this before you start sewing. Remember to have the two fabric pieces and zipper all lined up on the upper edge. The right side of the fabric that is showing is from the finished side of the pouch.
This is what you should have now.
Fold fabric pieces together. The zipper should be on top and all 4 pieces of fabric are on the bottom. Even though the bottom and sides aren’t sew still make sure it zips and unzips.
Set aside for now.
Gather the 9″ x 8 1/2″ piece of fabric that will be used to make the pocket on the inside.Fold wrong sides together and top stitch on folded edge. Piece should now measure 4 1/2″ x 8 1/2″.
Gather one of the 14″ x 8 1/2″ pieces that you cut in half,the zippered pouch,and the pocket piece that you just made.
Layer all three pieces like so. Make sure all three pieces are even on all three sides. Pin in place and be sure that the zipper pouch is laying flat and zips and unzips once pinned in place. (Maybe I wouldn’t be so worried about it zipping properly if I had a zipper foot.)
Set aside for now.
Gather the 12″ x 7″ piece of contrasting fabric. Fold piece of fabric in half wrong sides facing, iron, and sew on folded edge. Piece should now measure 6″ x 7″. This piece will become the pocket for holding the pad of paper and pen.
Unfold pieces and iron flat.
Time to make the holder for the pen.
Gather the elastic and the 21″ x 2 1/2″ piece of fabric. Time to make the elastic closure. With right sides facing sew piece of fabric together. Turn right sides out and iron.
Start feeding the elastic through the piece of fabric. Sew the end of the elastic in place with the edge of the fabric before the elastic disappears.
Keep pulling until the fabric is all bunched and you have about 1/2″ of the elastic is hanging out. Sew the elastic in place.
Take the 13″ x 8 1/2″ piece of fabric that will be used for the outside of the organizer. Place the elastic closure in about 2″ from the edge. Tack elastic in place about 1/8″ from the edge.
Gather the two pieces shown above, it is time to sew them together.
Take pins out of zippered pouch.
Put two pieces together with right sides facing. Make sure the side that will hold the pad of paper and the elastic closure are facing. The zippered pouch will be facing the other piece of fabric. Did I lose you? You just want to make sure the elastic closure and the zippered pouch are not sewn together and that they are on opposite sides.
Sew around the edges leaving a good 2 12″ for turning right side out.
Trim off excess fabric and make sure you square off those corners. The more excess fabric that is left on the edges, the harder it will be to get nice and evenly flat edges.
Pull right sides out through opening.
Push corners out and iron flat. Make sure all of the sides are nice and flat. Top stitch top of organizer, but make sure you do not top stitch the elastic piece down. Pull the elastic piece out of the way, even if you have to stop top stictching and pull it out of the way. This will allow the elastic to be a little loose and easier to flip over to close the organizer.
Now just fold shut and flip elastic closure over to secure it shut.
And your finished!
Now you are one step closer to being organized, at least when it comes to shopping.
**Please feel free to use this tutorial for your personal sewing projects. You may link this to your blog and use any photo’s, just be kind and give credit where credit is due.**
Any questions or comments please do not hesitat to contact me. If you make one using this tutorial, please send me an email or add it to my flickr group. I would love to see it!