Hi Quilters, it’s Marguerita again and this
video is not necessarily about quilting unless you’re a had quilter, in which case you might find
some of these tips useful. If you have other hobbies like beading, or scrapbooking, or anything like that, you
might also find this useful. A lot of people know me on YouTube
because of my Cheap Sewing and Quilting table. Which is
pretty cheap. So here is the cheap organizer video. And this is not I something I made
up on my own. My friend Judy Wedemeyer showed me hers and I just went nuts. I said Judy do you know how many people would love to see this? I can’t talk her into being on video. I tried. Seriously, I tried. She is, like, not interested. So, here is a link to her blog up because
she’s fantastically creative, and we get some great ideas from each other.
Do you remember those busty cups? The coffee cups with the, um, shape. That was one that she and I were tossing ideas around and came up with. We had a lot of fun with that. So, what is this? What is the organizer? It’s small okay. Here’s one. This one’s going to be for my friend Penny. She’s into beading. The one for Penny has carry handle, too. Now, you’re not making the coverings, okay?
You’re going to secondhand shop alright, here’s one I just picked up not that long ago. Two dollars and 50 cents.
[sound of zipper] You get these little organizer things. This, originally I guess, was somebody’s dayrunner, planner or something or other. We don’t need that part anymore, so it’s going to come out. Now we’re just going to use the canvas part, and make our own organizer. This part, somebody can have a little notebook now. Here’s another one I picked up. This was a dollar fifty. So, what I’m looking for when I’m searching these out, at the second hand shop, is the zipper. Okay, love the zipper part. And this is just based on what Judy dad. It has the zipper and it’s kind of a canvassy, cordura, type material on the exterior. And this is the part that’s important for what, you’ll see, what we do with it. What Judy did, and she showed me how to do it, is that it should have some type of backing on it. Like a spine, almost like a book. Now, Judy’s, believe it or not, she got hers … ..it’s a book cover, made with tapestry. So let’s show you how we made that. Let’s show you the interior, okay. It’s really just these zipper baggies. See that? They are stitched into the organizer. You can see the rows of stitching on the back here. So, I know that when I show this to my friend Penny, with all her beading projects, she is going to love it. And no worries, she never watches my videos. [laughing] Alright, I’ll get you the supply list. Here’s the biggie: the ones the fake zipper thingy on the top, okay. So much easier to deal with than the kind of peel apart type stuff. Just zip and unzip. Works very, very, well. I really do think, even though it’s a second hand item, that the people who are going to receive these are really going to like them a lot.
I hope you like yours too. Let’s go make one. Okay, a couple of things to think about. First is, how many bags you want to use. And then is, how well they’re going to fit inside the framework of your little carrier. Now these are way too big to fit, if I sewed them down on the bottom, they’d be sticking out on the corners here. So, I’m going to actually sew them down about, oh, like that. So somewhere down, taking off about two inches off of the bottom. that’s actually going to make things a lot easier for me. So I’ll show you a little trick. Sewing days bags underneath your sewing foot, and keeping them straight, while you’re trying to sew, they’re just so slippery that it can be difficult to do. I’m going to put 12 in Penny’s bag and
I’m going to sew them in probably in groups of three. And what I’ll do is have this one just a little bit shorter so you can actually see the outline behind the purple one, is the blue one. So it’ll be just a little bit shorter.
And then I’ll have another blue one on this side. So they’ll lineup, just like so. Alright. And that’ll give her …
it’ll be easier for her to open and close them,
and they’ll lay a little bit flatter than if all the ends were evenly lined up. Now you do this any way you want to, for yours, okay. So, that’s just my plan. Now, to make it easy to sew, I’m going to stable the ends of them. I tried tape. It didn’t work so great.
So now I’m working with staples. I think that’s going to work
really well because this part is going to end up being cut off, anyway.
Once I sew through this I’m going to come back and trim all the
excess off. And it can be hard, too, to try and get your foot inside this area. So, we’re just going to bend this thing outward. Make everything in the middle flat. We don’t really care how bunched up this gets. As long as it’s out of the way, and we can sew flat, right along here. Okay I’m ready to start sewing. I changed bobbin threads and put a nice hot pink in so that it matches with the fabric on the outside of the organizer. And I brought the bobbin thread up to the top. That’s in another video and if you haven’t seen that, And if you haven’t seen that, or that’s not your habit, I really hope that you’ll take a
good look at that video. It can … that practice a bringing your
bobbin thread up can save you a lot of hassle. So, take a couple stitches, and then I’m
going to back stitch and then come forward. And I’ve put more pressure on my presser foot, to help move this along. And I’ve also increased by stitch length just a little bit. My organizer has a little bit of padding in this area that I’m sewing through. And so that’s adding just a little bit bulk. [sound of sewing machine] Here’s the corner and it’s going to
take just a little bit of lifting, and holding things out of the way, to get all the way to the end. And again, just a little backstitch to secure that. okay. There we go. These are just
a little bit lower in the back,
to secure that. okay. There we go. These are just
a little bit lower in the back, and that’s how I wanted it.
Now the next ones that I sew in are going to come up a little bit higher. So that all the zippers don’t lay down exactly flat on each other. The kind of do a little bit of a stair-step. And I’m going to trim this excess out, right now, and
that’ll take the staples out. And, this is three. I’ve got three in, and I’ve got 9 more to go. So there you go.
Make yourself and your friends a couple of these great little organizers. I swear, I’m not kidding here, everytime I look at a little bag I all the sudden start thinking “Oh, I can make that into an organizer!” I think this one’s going to be for my granddaughter. These thing, they’re just so … I’m hooked. I don’t know how else to say it. I’ve made several, I’ve bought more cases, I’m going to make more. and I think I’m just gonna make a chain of videos, you know. Here, we’ll do this fun little thing that people on YouTube do. Put a link up here and that’ll go to the next video and you can follow along as I make this one, however many others I’m going to make. Hey, if you make one too, post a video response. Show us what you’ve made. And tell us how you
made it. what your inspiration was, and I’ll link to it too okay. I think this
could be a whole lot of fun. Let’s do it.