Design Notes: Taming the Chaos

I’ve finally finished my sewing organizer bag, and my cutting table has gone from this (there is a storage caddy somewhere underneath all that stuff)

Sewing Caddy

to this! What a difference!

Sewing Caddy

I started with this free pattern, and adjusted it to suit my needs. The organizer finished at about 20″ long by 6″ wide so there is lots of room inside. I used some of my marbled fabric to make pieced panels for the outside pockets and these are perfect for holding my scissors. So how many pairs of scissors does a person really need? I have paper scissors, lightweight scissors, pinking shears, fabric scissors, sturdy scissors for cutting through thick stuff, rotary cutters. Yes I need them all.

Sewing Caddy

Pockets all the way around on the inside, with plenty of space in the middle.

Sewing Caddy

I made handles that were short so they are out of the way but still usable when I need to move the bag.

Sewing Caddy

To make handles like this, I started with a short 1″ bag strap, then folded it in half along the center and stitched it in place to hold the shape. This formed two larger tabs on either end. When the tabs are sewn on, they naturally curve the folded section so that it lays flat on top and forms a comfortable handle.

Sewing Caddy

So now the sewing table is clean and organized … but not for long I’m sure.