Take Charge Of Your Purse With An Easy-To-Make Organizer

Wow ladies, the next time you’re cleaning out your purse, take a good look at everything you stash in there. Do we tote around a bunch of stuff or what!

Having what we need within reach and safely tucked in our bags is great…but now…how to find what we need when we need it! Things like lipstick, compact mirror, comb/brush, essential cosmetics, lip balm, mobile phone, a pack of tissues, wallet, coin purse, our keys…on and on it goes.

Here are several lovely projects that are designed to stash and organize all kinds of gadgets and necessary items, some pretty clever ideas and many are easy to make too!

Using a purse organizer will help keep things in order and dare I say it…maybe even make room for more items to fit! lol. Tip: I find these especially useful for carryon luggage when traveling.

These projects are suitable for sewing skills at all levels…Beginner to Advanced. Enjoy!



Shabby French: Roll style, this one with lacey, feminine touches. Features an inner strap to hold pins, hair elastics, etc.

Custom-fit: An old cereal box is used, cover it with pretty fabric. Dimensions can be any size you like.




Placemat Design: This one cleverly transforms a placemat, can easily be embellished with ribbon or decorative trim.

Find It Fast!: More for Intermediate level sewers, you’ll need batting, Timtex and pretty fabric to make this.



10-Pockets: Wow! This one’s a little more advanced and involved to put together, but very impressive!

Robert Kaufman Design: Ideal for a travel carryon. Final project measures 12″ x 8.5″ x 4.5″. The tutorial is via pdf which you’ll find on this page.



Pot Holder Caddy: Made with a rectangular hot pad (can use a square shape for smaller size), a big button and small snack size baggies.

For Pocketbooks: Made with 12-by-13-inch rectangle of fabric and twine (optional).





For Tote Bags (Removable): A handy pouch that is made from a carpenter’s canvas nail apron (available at hardware stores). Slips inside a tote and is held in place with button loops around the tote handles.

Inserts: Pocket inserts/panels for handbags with fabric, seam binding and stabilizer.




With Plastic: A simple design (instructions are very basic), this one’s lined with sheets of plastic to help hold the shape.

Divider (crochet) Pockets-a-plenty with this insert (two on the ends and two in the middle), fits inside a bag 14″ long and 6″ wide.





Tote Topper: This buttons over the top edge of tote, roomy enough to hold a small wallet or phone and keys.

Felt: It’s a sweet little felt purse to tuck in your large one. Has inner spaces for stashing goodies.




For Large Bags: The finished item measures approximately 8″ tall by 14″ across the base and top and has a depth of 5″. The double handles are side positioned to accommodate extra heavy loads. Printed material & cut list available, tutorial is on video.

Snaps Closed: This one is made from white muslin, has 5 inner pockets and snaps closed. Simple design, no pattern required.


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What Readers Are Saying: 14 Comments
  1. Cathi says:

    Thanks for the tip, but I did it one better for the lazy people (or time challenged) like me. Take either one fabric-the kind with a stiffer matting inside, place one mat or 2 sewn side by side-this will depend on how long you want it to be, (two are great for using in large tote bags or beach bags for holding lotions. )Fold in half and sew, then sew pockets as wide as you need for your items.
    The placemats are already p

  2. Julie says:

    What a wonderful pattern. I just made one in reds and it turned out beautifully.

  3. Cathi says:

    Should have read…take one fabric placemat..not one fabric..sorry for the confusion.

  4. Jo-Anne Britt says:

    Greta idea, I think I’ll make these as gifts and add a tab to the end with some velcro.
    P.S. I like the placemat idea too.

  5. Lois Ferrell says:

    I have to add to this idea….I used a table runner, the same weight as a firm placemat, and it worked great. One table runner, cut in half, made 2 good-sized purse organizers. I bought mine cheap, cheap, on clearance at Tuesday Morning.

  6. Kandie says:

    What a perfect solution! I make my own purses and put in pockets that go from side to side, but there’s always that stuff in the middle……….

    Thanks again!

  7. Angela says:

    Can you proivde an example of the interfacing you used? ie. name brand
    I did not understand German #250. Is that a brand?

  8. Carol says:

    When I open the PDF it opens in Wordpad and I cannot make heads or tails out of it. Can you help Me?

    • TipNut says:

      Hi Carol, do you have Adobe Reader installed? You need that to open pdf files. You can download it here (free): Adobe Reader. If you do have it installed already, try right clicking on the pdf, click “open with”, and then select Adobe Reader.

  9. Amber says:

    I love this idea so much! such a better and more affordable solutution than buying one! Going to make one with my daughter… can’t wait!

  10. Yani says:

    Nice!! I started to make one for my jumbo purse, I’m making it larger but is the same idea, I just need to go to buy some pellon (heavyweight interfacing) and then I will have it ready in just minutes 🙂

  11. Martha says:

    Thank you for this useful pattern. I plan to make this for a Christmas present. I think she will love it. I need one also. Thank you again.

  12. Meryllee says:

    SUch a lovely idea. I’m into using up fabric from old clothing. The plastic in icecream containers and cold drink bottles is also useful to cut up and use for reinforcing in bags etc. Added bonus is that they are then fully washable. I call m handbag a mobile black hole of Calcutta!!!! This is the solution!Thanks so much!

  13. sue laduke says:

    I’m so tired of searching for stuff in my purse! Can’t wait to make one–please send pattern!

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