because i really hate it when i have to walk all the way back to the bedroom to get my sanitary napkin or pantyliner.
it’s a fairly straight-forward project.. here’s how i did it!
STEP 1: choose the fabrics
the secret stash of fabrics from my last Japan trip was yearning to be made into something useful. i took the easy way out and used the two bundles of pre-coordinated fabric packs 😀
STEP 2: cut out the fabrics you need
you will need to cut out two pieces for the main body (in white), 4 pieces for the pockets, and another 4 pieces for the flaps that cover the pockets.
the dimensions i used are:
- main body — 15.5cm x 30cm
- pocket — 13.5cm x 22cm
- pocket flap — 8cm x 13.5cm
note: the flap is barely long enough to cover the pocket when it’s full so you probably want to cut out 10cm x 13.5cm instead.
STEP 3: prepare the other stuff you need
i used two strips of cotton lace to decorate the pocket covers and a length of ribbon to hang the organizer. the length of ribbon i cut out was about 12cm.
STEP 4: start sewing on the decorations
i chose fabrics with prints so my decoration was very simple.. just two strips of cotton lace across the pocket flaps.
next, fold the ribbon into half and then top-stitch the edges together as shown above.
STEP 5: sew up the pieces, right-sides facing
5.1 The pocket flaps
find the pieces for the pocket flaps, match up the pieces and sew them together with right sides facing each other. leave the opening at the TOP of the pockets.
trim the fabric and clip the corners as shown above. then turn the whole thing inside-out via the opening.
5.2 the main body
for the main body, sandwich the ribbon between the pieces before sewing.
for the main body, leave the opening at the BOTTOM.
at this point, if
- you can’t stand the way the fabric is fraying like nobody’s business OR
- you have self-respect and will never allow your work to be sloppy OR
- you have a mother who sometimes unpicks your work and criticizes “外面这么美，里面好像 sai” <– it means “this looks so pretty on the outside, but the inside is messy like human excretion“.
if at least one of the above applies, you may wanna finish off the edges with a zigzag stitch before turning it out through the opening at the bottom.
see how neat it is after the zigzag stitching?
here’s a picture of the main body after it’s been turned out. neatify the edges and top-stitch all around, at about 2mm from the edge.
(yes yes, i know i should’ve ironed the fabrics.. but i’m lazy and this was meant to be a quickie..)
5.3 the pockets
match up the pocket pieces and sew them right sides together, leaving an opening at the BOTTOM of where the pocket is going to be.
this is how the pocket will look like after you turn it out and do not bother to iron it.
STEP 6: assembling the pieces
position the pocket on the main body and sew up the two sides as shown above.
position the pocket flap as shown in the picture above. the decorated side should face the main body and the TOP edge of the pocket flap (the edge where you left an opening) is near to the pocket piece. sew along the red dotted line as shown above.
make two pleats as shown above and sew up the bottom of the pocket.
(if you have left the opening at the BOTTOM of the pocket, you won’t have to hand-stitch the opening closed. similarly, if you have left the opening at the TOP of the pocket flap, you won’t have to hand-stitch the opening closed too ^^)
anyway, this is how the pocket looks when it’s completed.
now, repeat STEP 6 for the other pocket and you’re done!
both pockets done!
STEP 7: take pictures
hang your new organizer and marvel at its beauty
fill it up and observe (to your horror!) that the flaps may be a little too short -__- this is when i can almost hear my mum saying “aiyoh, why always so ngeow, don’t cut more fabric… ” <– ngeow means stingy -__-