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« on: April 21, 2008 11:20:42 AM »

I've got a problem. I can't find a purse that looks like it was designed by Monk I like.

I need help designing a purse for myself. I'm hoping to come up with a technique for creating a purse that's very organized, but whose pattern can be customized for anyone (or rather, anyone's stuff). I will be most happy to post a tutorial if I can get some help coming up with the bag in the first place. Smiley

The only plan I have at this point is to measure out all the items I carry with me all the time and then cut them out of pieces of paper, then lay them down on pieces of paper the size of the, um, paneling (inner sides of the purse?). I'll arrange them in the most convenient way, then figure out what size pockets or pieces of elastic to secure them I'll need. Then figure out how wide to make the sides.

So would that work at all? This process is where the bag could be customizable, and what I'd make the tutorial out of. I hope that makes sense...

If this sounds like I'm overthinking things, you should know that I run a ridiculously tight ship when it comes to my purse. Read: I need everything where I can find it by feel - you know, in case I'm ever in the dark. Wink I'm wanting to create something that has compartments for everything.

And, oh yeah, did I mention I'm fairly new to sewing, and therefore bag making? Smiley So everything will need to be simple... *cough* I know, I'm hopeless. But I was hoping that perhaps someone with a lot of baggy experience can have a suggestion where to start if I'm thinking too big, or ideas on how to make this work, or maybe can politely tell me I'm insane and that it'll never work.

Thanks for helping out!!
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« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2008 11:34:20 AM »

I wanted to keep the actual question portion smaller, so I'm replying to my own post. Roll Eyes

Features I want:
- Something stiff for the sides and bottom, so it sits upright and isn't lumpy
- Outer pocket large enough to slip a book into
- Two separate outer pockets for my cell phone and my magnetic sunglasses
- Inner pocket just for my rather large wallet - sadly it's not from all the cash Wink
- One or more inner pockets for everything else.
- I want everything to stay put unless I'm pulling it out, so I'm thinking zipped, flapped, or elasticized pockets, and some elastic straps to hold things in place.
- A couple loopy things - that's the technical term Wink - for pens.

I could do just a "money-related" compartment and forget the wallet, but I'd need separate spots for receipts, check register, pen, a couple cards, cash, and a closeable (another of my technical terms) pocket for change.

No, I'm not OCD...what a strange question for you to ask. Grin

One other thing that would be nice, but doesn't have to happen, is to somehow make an inner section that maybe snaps to the sides of the purse, but that pulls out easily, so that I can make the same bag in different fun fabrics and be able to switch between them very quickly. Black is nice for work, but I'd like to make something fun, too.
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« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2008 12:08:02 PM »

Look at this to see if it will give you ideas for the inside of your bag.  It would be portable from bag to bag.  It would also give your bag some structure and stability depending on the size you make the organizer.  Also search for "purse organizer" to view several photos of organizers made from this tutorial and others similar in construction.

  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=144105.0
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« Reply #3 on: April 22, 2008 05:42:55 AM »

Aren't you forgetting the spot for the wet wipes and tissues?

I see no OCD tendencies at all  Wink!

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« Reply #4 on: April 22, 2008 06:18:46 AM »

Aren't you forgetting the spot for the wet wipes and tissues?

Yes actually - I always have tissues, as I have sinus infections all the time. I'd had it in there somewhere, but in moving things around, I guess it got deleted. Smiley
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