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Keep your bag in order with a cute labelled satchel organizer.
I love my satchel and I tote it around everywhere but it's not the easiest to find things in and my purse, phone or notebook always end up rolling out if I put it on the floor, so I decided to fix that problem once and for all with a super handy organizer. Complete with labelled compartments for each of my possessions, it's easy to find what I need, check that I have everything with me and super handy if I want to switch bags.

Posted by Cat Morley from London, United Kingdom • Published See Cat Morley's 1143 projects »
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  • How to make a bag organiser. Satchel Organizer - Step 1
    Step 1

    Unpack your bag and create a label for each of the items you keep in your bag. Place these to the side for the moment.

  • How to make a bag organiser. Satchel Organizer - Step 2
    Step 2

    Cut two squares of the main fabric, a little bit wider than your satchel and double the height.

  • How to make a bag organiser. Satchel Organizer - Step 3
    Step 3

    Cut a piece of contrasting fabric to the same size.

  • How to make a bag organiser. Satchel Organizer - Step 4
    Step 4

    Fold the top edge of the main fabric and contrasting fabric over by 1/2" and then over by another 1/2" and pin.

  • How to make a bag organiser. Satchel Organizer - Step 5
    Step 5

    Place the contrasting fabric underneath the 1/2" flap at the top of the main fabric and pin in place.

  • How to make a bag organiser. Satchel Organizer - Step 6
    Step 6

    Repeat this with the bottom edge of the fabric and sew along the top and bottom edge, removing the pins as you go.

  • How to make a bag organiser. Satchel Organizer - Step 7
    Step 7

    Neatly tuck under the raw edge at the left and right of your organizer and sew along the edges.

  • How to make a bag organiser. Satchel Organizer - Step 8
    Step 8

    Sew along the top and bottom edges of the pocket rectangle

  • How to make a bag organiser. Satchel Organizer - Step 10
    Step 9

    We're going to make some label holders from leather, so cut a rectangle of paper slightly larger than the size you'd like your labels to be and then cut out a window in the middle.

  • How to make a bag organiser. Satchel Organizer - Step 10
    Step 10

    Trace around your paper template onto the back of the leather and then cut these out with a cutting knife.

  • How to make a bag organiser. Satchel Organizer - Step 11
    Step 11

    Fold the organizer in half, with the wrong sides facing out, and pin along the edges 1" in from the edge.

  • How to make a bag organiser. Satchel Organizer - Step 12
    Step 12

    Fold the pouch right side out and decide where you'd like each of the pockets to be for each of your items, marking out their width with pins.

  • How to make a bag organiser. Satchel Organizer - Step 13
    Step 13

    Place the second rectangle of main fabric in the middle of your organizer and fold down the top and bottom edges so that they're 2" from the top and bottom of the bag. These will be the pockets.

  • How to make a bag organiser. Satchel Organizer - Step 14
    Step 14

    Sew along the left and right edges of the pocket rectangle and then pin it back in place on the back of the organizer.

  • How to make a bag organiser. Satchel Organizer - Step 15
    Step 15

    Mark where the labels should sit in the centre of each pocket.

  • How to make a bag organiser. Satchel Organizer - Step 16
    Step 16

    Unpin the edges of the pouch so that you can unfold it and lay it flat.

  • How to make a bag organiser. Satchel Organizer - Step 17
    Step 17

    Grab your favourite handbag and fill it with all of the things you usually carry around.

  • How to make a bag organiser. Satchel Organizer - Step 18
    Step 18

    Sew each of the label holder in place at the left, right and bottom edge with matching thread.

  • How to make a bag organiser. Satchel Organizer - Step 19
    Step 19

    Check the sizes of your pockets one last time to make sure each of your possessions fit.

  • How to make a bag organiser. Satchel Organizer - Step 20
    Step 20

    Sew along the lines for the pockets.

  • How to make a bag organiser. Satchel Organizer - Step 21
    Step 21

    With the wrong side of the pouch facing out, lay the pouch out so that the back edge is 1" higher than the front and overlap the sides by 1", and pin in place, creating triangles at the bottom corners.

  • How to make a bag organiser. Satchel Organizer - Step 22
    Step 22

    Stitch across both bottom corners.

  • How to make a bag organiser. Satchel Organizer - Step 23
    Step 23

    Fold the pouch inside out and lay the corners flat in the center of the pouch.

  • How to make a bag organiser. Satchel Organizer - Step 24
    Step 24

    I added some more label holders at this point, inside my pouch, so I could see what was in each of the pockets on the reverse.

  • How to make a bag organiser. Satchel Organizer - Step 25
    Step 25

    Sew along both edges of the 1" overlap pocket.

  • How to make a bag organiser. Satchel Organizer - Step 26
    Step 26

    Repeat on both sides.

  • How to make a bag organiser. Satchel Organizer - Step 27
    Step 27

    Cut off any lose thread and you're all done.

  • How to make a bag organiser. Satchel Organizer - Step 28
    Step 28

    Pop each of your possessions in their pocket and place the matching labels in the label holders.

  • How to make a bag organiser. Satchel Organizer - Step 29
    Step 29

    Place inside your satchel and off you go!

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