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Organize Along Tutorial Week 7

Project Bag Tutorial

Guest Blogger: Vickie Zaleski

Every week, through the Bee Sew Inspired - Organize-Along, we are hosting guest bloggers! These amazing creatives are sharing with you, a fun and simple tutorial that you can make, to help organize something in your creative space!

Join me and welcoming today's guest blogger Vickie Zaleski from Crocheting Vixen in celebration of the Bee Sew Inspired - Organize-Along!

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Welcome to week 7 of the Organize Along hosted by the amazing Jennifer from Bee Sew Inspired! I am honored to have a part in Jennifer’s Organize-Along and hopefully can help some of you with organizing your smaller UFO projects.

I know organizing our sewing, stitching, crocheting, all things crafting areas can sometimes be so overwhelming. I am not the most organized person! I would love to be more organized, but organization seems to be a constant battle for me.

Even though my overall organization is an ongoing work in progress, I am pretty good at keeping each individual project I am working on (or UFO, WIP, etc.) together with all my supplies. I have different types of bins or containers for my quilting projects. For my cross stitch or small projects, I like to make bags for each project to have a special home.

I have two young girls and we are constantly on the go. I like to have these small project bags to throw in my purse on our way out the door. I have realized that when they were younger, I had a lot more time to quilt and sew. Now that they are older, I seem to be working on more portable types of projects.

These small project bags are the perfect size for my purse and inside I keep EVERYTHING I need to work on that project. I usually just use scraps or leftover pieces and bits to make these bags. Or sometimes, if there is a fabric I cannot wait to cut up and use for something, it usually becomes a project bag

I am not taking credit for this type of pouch/project bag. There are so many patterns and tutorials out there for this type of pouch. After making so many of them, this is just the way I have started making them for myself, using leftover pieces I have on hand. This is a super quick way to make this type of bag from start to finish in the small pockets of time I have to sew. There are several different ways to make them, but this is just what works for me.

This has also become my favorite size for smaller projects. They finish approximately 9.5″ square and look super cute stacked up in my purse!

What You Need:

  • 2 pieces of fabric cut 10” x 10”

  • 1 piece of interfacing 10” x 10” (fusible fleece, batting, etc.)

  • 2 – 3” x 10” strips of fabric

  • 1 piece of vinyl approximately 10” x 10”

  • 10” zipper or longer (I cut a bigger piece from my zippers by the yard)

  • 1 piece of 2.5” x WOF fabric for binding (approximately 42″)

***All pieces are oversized to allow for trimming down***

Let's Get Started:

Step #1 – Cut your pieces of fabric 10” square. One piece will be for the back of your project bag and one piece will be for the front. Adhere the interfacing to the BACK piece of fabric. I used fusible fleece for mine. Place your two pieces wrong sides together. The right sides of the fabric should be facing out on the front and the back.

Step #2 – Quilt your fabric sandwich. I quilted mine with ¾” lines on the diagonal. You don’t have to quilt it at all, but I like how the quilting gives this small pouch a little more stability.

Step #3 – Trim down your piece to 9 ½” square.

Step #4 – Press both of your 3” x 10” binding strips in half lengthwise (WST). Your piece should now measure 1 ½” x 10”. Put one of those strips aside. That will be for the top part of your zipper.

Take your other binding strip (already pressed in half) and open it up. You are going to be making a small piece of double folded bias binding. Take one end and fold to your already pressed seam. Finger press or iron that side down.

Now fold the other end to your originally pressed seam and iron that down (hopefully the pictures will help because I feel like I am not explaining this well at all!)

Fold in half and then in half again and iron. It will measure ¾” by 10” at this point.

Step #5 – Open your double folded binding piece and place your vinyl inside. Stitch down close to the binding edge of fabric. I use my walking foot for this step. You could change out to an edge foot or whatever foot you feel comfortable with. Set this piece aside for now.