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The Harry Potter Mega Organizer

It was actually The Harry Potter Mega Ultra Super-Awesome Rad-tasticly Creative Organizer but I feared that the sheer humility in it would put people off.

The backstory goes something like this: I had been using a zipper pouch for my receipts and tags and cards and shit and it was full to bursting. I’d been meaning to try a new idea for an organizer which has these sort of pages, if you will. I toyed with the idea of using different fabrics for the inside but then my thoughts turned to Harry Potter, as thoughts have a way of doing. My motto in life:

“Everything eventually leads to Harry Potter. Never fight it.”

Glad that bit of wisdom is out of my system. Dude, that rhymed.

So, I thought why shouln’t I just make it Harry Potter themed? And I went to Pinterest and got myself a headache. So many ideas in one place. It all slowly came together and while I’m proud of it. There are certain things that didn’t turn out like I wanted them to.

My biggest regret is adding interfacing. Always, I always do this. Attach lots of it everywhere and then it bulks up and it’s murder to sew after that. It’s a lesson I refuse to learn. Eurgh.

That was me when I had to struggle to put it all together at the end.

Here it is:

This is the Marauders’ Map. I bought this book box two years ago that was Cursed Child themed. It had a wand and a scarf and a bunch of bookmarks and stuff. This was that scarf. I didn’t think I was going to use it, like EVER so I cut it and applied interfacing and made it into this.

The front and the back is a full piece, there was a piece of the “Messers Moony…” bit on either side, I cut that up and made it into pockets, otherwise it would have been impractically ginormous. It’s wide enough as it is.

I’m pretty proud of that elastic binding I made, FYI.

Now, here’s the thing: it seems all nice and easy in theory but once you actually start, the harsh truths of life come crashing down. Like the fact that I had to separately assemble each page piece and figure out which to attach to each and what will be on the top and what will go on the bottom and… you get the idea.

These are the first two ‘pages’.

This is the section I cut out from each side of the main map piece. I had to attach these two together first, if you see closely there’s a stitch line in the middle of the title of the map.

Then I cut these strips from scrap pieces and sewed them together to make the Gryffindor background. The Ravenclaw pocket came from a zipper pouch from another  Harry Potter book box I got last July. I had been using it as a money pouch but when I started doing this, it had to go. Ehehee.

Now, these two pages aren’t attached together. Rather, the first page is attached to the very last page and these two make the inside of the map main piece. Then, this house page is attached to another one which is the second last page. These two make the bottom piece of the third and fourth pages. I can guarantee no one understands this. Okay, let’s move right on.

These are the third and fourth pages. These were attached to each other to make a complete panel.

I used a permanent marker for the doodles and then ironed the fabric to set the ink. This blue pocket was the back of that zipper pouch. RIP that pouch.

The other page is London-themed. No need to say more. I used vinyl so the design would be visible. Also, I didn’t do very sophisticated pockets because I just have to stuff things inside, the different types of things will be separated, hence the ‘organized’ bit and the pockets are big enough so that they’ll hold a lot more than one measly pouch did for a year. Seriously, I love that pouch (I made it, it was orange) but there was no way for me to keep things separate and whenever I had to fish something specific out it was a menace.

Last two pages!

These are the closest I came to a Harry Potter themed fabric in the local market. The right one has always been one of my favorites, it’s got a bunch of things that make for a perfect hp mashup print: coat of arms, keys, the colors, the snake/owl/lion hybrid creature. The seal is actually a piece of foam sheet.

Here’s how I attached them:

  • The Marauders’ Map title page  with The Hogwarts Letter page (first panel)
  • The Gryffindor/Ravenclaw page with The Stag page (second panel)
  • The doodle page with The London page (third panel)
  • Then I attached the main map piece with the first panel.
  • The second panel with the third panel.
  • And finally, laid this second+third atop the map+first and stitched a line in the middle. This was torture because of the bulk.

Aaaaand that is it. I did it!

The things we do for the love of Harry Potter, eh?





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Round Cross-body Bag

I had every intention of making this a tutorial post but I took one picture after cutting it and then forgot all about it. Tutorials are a lot of work, children. Furthermore, I do it only for fun.

I’ve learned several sewing techniques this past year which were awesome and made things which seemed enormously difficult at first much easier. One such technique was making the gusset of any bag. Once you’ve cracked that egg, a whole new world of bags awaits!

I made a circle about seven and a half inches in diameter on a piece of paper, then used it as a draft to cut the fabric pieces. The usual drill, two main pieces, two lining pieces, two interfacing pieces. I used polyester for this, I love how soft and squishy yet upright the project looks whenever I use it.

I love this print. It legit made me do a double-take in the shop. It’s a newspaper print from the Times 2012. DROOL.

The gusset consists of two pieces, one that is on top and has the zipper and the other on the bottom without the zipper. The upper part is further divided into two pieces which eventually connect with the zipper on each side and make one whole piece. For the bottom, zipper-less part of the gusset I used polyester and for the two-piece upper part I used fusible fleece. Lining as well for both parts.

Then there’s the strap, two small tabs and rectangular rings that connect the strap and the tabs. I did not make the strap adjustable as I don’t know how yet. This is what you get after all the cutting.

The strap isn’t in the picture.

The only “flaw” in this back is that it flips. Let me explain. What I did was, I cut it so that upper and lower parts of the gusset were equal, as in the zipper part ended right at the middle on both sides and the bottom part began. The strap juts out of the gusset right where the zipper ends are so the strap ends are exactly in the middle of the bag. This is what makes it flip. I didn’t anticipate that. If I had I would have made the zipper part shorter so that strap would be a little above the middle on both sides and it wouldn’t have flipped upside down then. Oh, well. At least, as long as it’s zipped shut nothing would tumble out so I guess it’s fine. Ish.

I still love it.

Very much.

The taxi reminds me of a game we used to play when we were kids. It was called Crazy Taxi. I loved that too.

I also had to quilt the pieces to prevent the polyester from moving around inside. I love prints which have big blocks or shapes which makes it easier. I just have to sew on the edges of those shapes, quilts it and hides the stitches as well.

Hidden seams which are a WIN.


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I Made Two New Shaped Pouches!

These two I’ve wanted to make for a while now. It took a significant amount of time for me to understand what Pinterest does and how it works besides showing a terribly addictive collage of all your favorite things. I pin a lot of stuff now just so I can get back to it later. I did the same with these two and when I finally had the time this past week, I got straight to it.

Boy, it was fun.

I had more fun with the lips one which was also easier to make. Probably because there was no fussing with measurements. I just traced a template by placing a piece of paper on my iPad and used it to cut two pieces for the front (inside and out) and two pieces for the back (same). You cut the front pieces in half, attach the zipper, then place it wrong side facing the right side of the inside back piece. Sew around. Then place the outside back piece right side facing down with the zipped up lip right side facing up. Sew around leaving a three inch gap, use it to turn it inside-out and sew the open part shut. Voila!

The slipper one was more tricky. All I had was the template of my own foot, the rest was guess work. It didn’t quite turn out as well as I was hoping but it’s not that bad looking, I guess. I’m sure I would have done better if I had a pattern. Eh, well. A couple of tries and I will make my own pattern just fine.

I actually collect zipper leftovers because I hate seeing them go to waste. Wouldn’t go to waste if I could get the size I wanted which I can’t since EVERY shop keeper here keeps them at least 10″ long. The couple of times we tried asking for shorter ones, we were shown considerable sass. We gave up.

I’m not even going to try explaining how to make the slipper one. Youtube shall be your proper guide, young (or not) Sewdawans!

Until I make something cooler then.


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The Evolution of Ze Booksleeves of Mine

I did a post months ago where I gave a written tutorial about how to make a simple booksleeve.  You can find it by clicking here:

I’ve experimented quite a bit since then and now I have a design that I will probably stick to for a while.


It makes no sense to me whatsoever but they are very popular among the bookworms of Instagram or “Bookstagrammers” as they like to call themselves. Despite the fact that there are much more practical things like pouches and bags, etc, almost 60% of the orders I get are of booksleeves. It’s a little baffling but I am NOT complaining.

My sleeves went through three stages of evolution before finally settling (for the time being) on the fourth and final one. Kinda like this:


1. The New-Born Stage:

This is a picture I took mere weeks ago. I still have that very first sleeve I made, you see.


Salient Features:

None. Weeeeell, some. Lemme explain.

  • No backbone interfacing and thus flatter than a supermodel’s chest.
  • Very small in size. This edition of Wonder Woman is a paperback that is barely 7 or 8 inches in length and 5 or 6 inches in width.
  • Hidden seams inside.
  • Silk lining.
  • GORGEOUS AF print.

2. The Toddler Stage:

Salient Features:

  • Fusible interfacing. We have this really hard and sturdy one here that is the most commonly used. When the projects are folded over it takes the shit out of the machine to sew over the folds with this interfacing inside. I can tell by the noise it makes. Like it’s being choked or strangled.
  • A stout black fabric lining.
  • Slightly longer in length and width.
  • Maintained its shape.
  • Not soft or cushiony.

3- The Teenager Stage:

It was good while it lasted.

Salient Features:

  • I dropped the hard fusible one and started using this polyester batting instead, making the sleeves softer and fluffier.
  • Increased the size again to what it is now: 8.5″ by 11″.
  • I stopped using lining, with the polyester exposed from the inside.
  • Couldn’t do hidden seams so I started cutting the edges with pinking shears.

I was happy with this, what with not having the extra burden of attaching the lining. But one customer told me that the polyester was hindering the smooth going of the books inside the sleeves and if done by force, it was flaking off. See, I already knew that. When I first made it, I tried getting the book in and the same thing happened but I just put my hand inside and sort of smoothed it out and tried putting it in again. Didn’t bother after that. So, naturally, I thought it’d be okay. I did a poll asking the ones who’d bought the sleeves if they encountered the same problem, they said yes. I started using the lining after that.

4- The Young Adult Stage:


No, seriously, behold it!

Salient Features:

  • Big AF. Hardbacks can go in.
  • Fluffy and squishy and soft.
  • Hidden seams.
  • Lined as you can see.
  • Customizable.

I have the links to my Instagram shop down below, if anybody’s interested? The pictures are much better there and the whole feed just tells you how I started and how far I’ve come. There’s still much to learn but I’m learning it slowly and happily.

Do you have a booksleeve? How often do you use it? Tell me!


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Super-Nerdy Gaming Remote-Shaped Pouch (OR That One Time I Impressed Myself)

This idea/design/piece of pure awesomeness is original. I repeat: my brain gave birth to this ALL ON ITS OWN. It was not impregnated by the internet. No, sir.

Oh, and this is a tutorial. You may officially begin thanking me.

This was about a week and a half ago. I had just read Warcross by Marie Lu (EXCELLENT book, just FYI) and I was making shaped pouches. Saw one shaped like a tea cup and made that but then there was like this TINGGGG in my brain and the spotlight of genius ideas immediately landed on my brother’s gaming remote. It’s a sleek looking thing and really pretty. Immediately, I was like, IMMA GO MAKE THIS SHIT. Tonight’s really not my “speak-the-eloquent-speech” night so forgive the ‘immas’ and the ‘likes’.

So … I’ll try to let the pictures do the talking:

1. I trace the thing.

ISN’T SHE A BEAUTY? Look me in the eye and tell me you aren’t seduced by how gorgeous she is.

2. After tracing.

I draw another line a quarter inch away from the original on all sides, that’s the one I’ll be cutting.

3. I cut the thing.

4. I take some long-forgotten black velvet pieces that I had and since they turn out to be smaller for my purposes, I stitch them together to make two pieces, the front and back.



5- I decide to add a zipper at the center of the back piece so while I’m stitching the velvet pieces for the back, I make sure to leave an opening in the middle to insert the zipper. (I’m not sure why I’m going in present tense but O-KAY)

Like, so:

If the fabric you chose is full-sized (?) and you don’t need to stitch pieces together like I do here, then you can make a cut in the middle and insert the zipper through the, uh, insert zipper method. Which I won’t be explaining here. Eh. If you’re a practiced sewist you probably already know. If not, none of this will be making sense anyway…

A VERY IMPORTANT thing I should mention, the velvet I use in this project is blessedly of a kind that does not fray. My life=SO much easier.

(If the incessant use of gifs is annoying you, deal with it)

6- I use the pattern I made to cut the front and back of the pouch, making sure that the slit I left unstitched is in the middle of the back piece.

Left – Back Piece     ,     Right – Front Piece

7- I cut the lining and interfacing for the front piece. Lining because when the zipper opens on the back, the inside will be visible and interfacing because I wanted the front of the pouch to give a realistic 3-D effect. The interfacing is actually polyester. I don’t know what it’s called. Batting? Padding? Eh.

8- I prepare the buttons. 3-D and a huge pain in the butt. You decide how you want your buttons to be. I just use what I had here and made them however I saw fit at the time.

This is a neat little trick for making appliques and turning them inside out.

Use the hole to flip the buttons inside out.

Fabric Markers. The greatest invention for sewists since the needle itself.

I want the buttons to be squishy and pushy and stuff so I do this dumb shit which took a lot of time and grunting.

9– I attach/sew the buttons to the front piece.

The three on the top are again really small velvet ones, the two on the sides are black and the middle one is burgundy. I couldn’t even see them properly, they were so small and sewing them on wasn’t picnic either.

10- I take the padding/batting, sandwich it between the main piece and lining and sew all the way around. HUZZAH.

11- I attach the front and back together. I would have added the zipper to the back first but I didn’t have a black zipper at the time.

12-  I add these pieces on extra-ness on the shoulders of the remote. They have those on real ones. There are square pieces of felt (like the buttons) underneath them to make them puff up a little. Also, this little loop thingy above the zipper slit is meant to hold the cord which you’ll see soon enough.

13- I slide the zipper in, tuck the edges inside over the zipper and sew on top.

This is what it looks like on the inside of the back piece.

14- Finally, I place the front and back, right sides together and sew all the way around, then use the zipper slit to turn it inside out. Keep the zipper open, otherwise you’re screwed.

This cord was meant to imitate the wires that come out of these remotes and was supposed to be purely ornamental. BUT, it is useful! You’ll see. I just tied it in a knot around the loop.

USE # 1:

USE # 2:

And this, peasants people, is how I made this RAD AF little purse. You’re a hundred percent free to try. I give thee permission.

P.S: I’m sorry if I sound like a pompous peacock in this post. One of my friends said that I’m too self-deprecating so I tried to change that. Turns out I have only two modes: self-deprecatory or annoyingly arrogant.




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Good-sized Back-to-School Bag

More like “Back to University” bag since the person who requested this is a university student. I’ve been incredibly uninspired lately when it comes to my blog. I mentally berate myself everyday and say that today I will write something but I never do. So here is a super-boring post about this bag that I sewed.

She didn’t request this particular bag, just asked me to make something big enough to fit her supplies and notebooks and stuff. I just went ahead and made what I thought would fit her needs. This is an original creation. I did not copy this from some place else.

NOTE: This is not a tutorial.

Like I said, uninspired and just not feeling it.

This print is a favorite among everyone and I call it “FoxFell” on the suggestion of a friend. There are two versions of this, one with a darker midnight blue background and the other with a lighter grey one. I used both here to create a nice contrast. No interfacing or lining was used. Oh, and the fabric is flannelette so it’s quite soft and sturdy.

I believe the main pieces I cut were somewhere around 16″ x 14″. From there I just adjusted other pieces and pockets to go with it. This was kind of a last minute thing so I did it very quickly and hastily. The back of the bag, as you can see, is upside down, print-wise. This was deliberate.

The front piece has a little flap pocket that again, has no lining inside and no velcro tape as well. I tested if it would close nicely without the tape and it did so I didn’t add that. (PSSHT: *Pinking shears are life savers*)

Moreover, I didn’t sew the top edge of the flap to the bag, if I had done that the pocket would have been secure, not that it isn’t already, but it wouldn’t have served as a double pocket. So, yeah, that worked out and I wasn’t even planning that.

The back of the bag has a inside zippered pocket which are mostly attached in big bags. I loved sewing that zipper for some reason.

Then there are the sides which also have one pocket each. Those sides are really wide and pockets big to give the bag depth and to fit as much as possible.

I experimented with the straps, I have never done ones like this before. They’re attached to handles, all four corners. It gives a nice touch.

The thing she did request was that I add a zipper on top of the bag. That’s the only part I didn’t like. It was needlessly complicated.

I’m a little paranoid by nature. My biggest fear when it comes to the things I make is that they’ll all come apart, I stitch and double stitch for this reason. Even after doing that, I’m afraid that the fabric won’t be able to handle too much stress or whatever. God help me. I hope that never happens.

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Rainbows and Unicorn Themed Happy Zipper Pouches!

I take immense pride in coming up with ridiculously and unnecessarily long blog post titles, you should have gotten used to that by now.

Before I begin the gloriously heroic tale of how I made these pouches I’d like to mention that this idea is absolutely, positively and a hundred percent NOT my own. All hail Pinterest and 5-min Craft videos.

Quick little snippet about me: I don’t hold any particular regard for Unicorns, I like them and all but it’s their relation with rainbows that makes them interesting to me. ‘Cause I love me some rainbows. Seriously, I love rainbows. I cannot stress this enough. If I was independent and allowed to do shit I liked, I probably would have died my hair in all seven shades.

Well, look at that. I found two of the most relatable gifs EVER.

This was long overdue but I finally girded my loins (what did I just write) and made these two bursting-with-happiness zipper pouches. They weren’t exactly as simple as I imagined, it always never is but it was a relatively straight-forward project.

They were sold within 12 hours.

There’s a small difference between them, if you look closely you’ll see: one pouch has six zipper pulls while the other has only one. The reason being that I took about 18″ zippers of each color and divided them in half. The halves made one pouch each. And that is why, the one that did not have any zipper pulls ended up needing an extra zipper, the pink one.

Another difference is in the attachment of zippers! The one with the zipper pulls has all sewn seems INSIDE the pouch, that is, they’re hidden. While in the other one I just layered one zipper on top of another and sewed it in place. I find the results of both satisfying.

For the back of the pouches I had originally decided to use this colorful butterfly flannel piece that I have but then I thought of the new fabric markers I had bought and voila! Took plain white cotton and after assembling the front zipper piece I cut the white cotton according to size, googled “funny rainbow quotes”, chose two I liked and wrote them. You just have to iron on top of the markers and the ink sets, hopefully, forever.

BEHOLD the rainbow happiness:

And some Unicorn goodness!

I just needed an excuse to use these gifs.

On a related note, since I was high on rainbows, I made two bookmarks with the same theme using water color and gave them for free with each pouch. Ah, the generosity!

Sara out.

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Pocket Organizers Galore!

Good evening, children. I realize I’ve been AWOL for what has been probably weeks but I have a legit reason: I’ve become obsessed with some Urdu dramas and binge-watching them, ya know, obsessively. As a result, less time for reading, less time for sewing, no time at all for blog posts.

But, despite being glued to my iPad’s screen, I did get some serious sewing done. Since my last post about the Pocket Organizer sewing project that I did, I’ve made 3 more Pocket Organizers. Yeah, it’s a pocket party in here. The first one was completely my own idea, the rest of the three have been inspired by some cool pictures I found.

Feast your eyeballs:
(I’m going to give them annoying names just because I can)


Number of Pockets: 4
Material Used: Denim (for pockets), Lawn (we have an abundance of that here in Pakistan) and ribbon.
Difficulty Level: 5/10
Work In Progress Story: I’m glad that you asked. One, the Lawn leftovers were from a new shalwar kameez my ma had recently cut and she got mildly mad/amused that I had made my pocket organizer before she could sew her shalwar kameez. That was lame, here’s another one: due to a series colossally infuriating incidents that involved the sewing needle breaking in half and then the new one being maladjusted, this project gave me grief and a slight case of depression, until I realized what was wrong and fixed it.
Inspired By:


Number of Pockets: 12
Material Used: Cotton fabric for main pockets, Lawn pieces for bias tape and ribbon.
Cool Tidbit: I personally LOVE this print. It’s sort of a Hogwarts Houses Hybrid with a little bit that represents each house in my opinion. So we have the green color and the serpentine body of the creature for Slytherin, the orange-gold and the fact that the creature has a lion like mane for Gryffindor, the yellow for Hufflepuff and the keys which can symbolize knowledge for Ravenclaw. The coat of arms style and the owlish face of the creature can represent Hogwarts in general. Anyhoo, that’s what I like to think to justify how cool this print is.
Difficulty Level: 5/10
Inspired By:


Number of Pockets: 6
Material Used: Cotton Fabric, some Lawn pieces, lace and ribbon.
Difficulty Level: 6/10 (Assembling and designing each pocket, although easy, was kind of a hassle.
Cool Tidbit: This one’s my favorite.
Inspired By:

Thank you for reading this highly entertaining and informative post.


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Pocket Organizer – Sewing Tutorial

I’ve been getting a steady number of orders on my shop lately and I couldn’t be happier. Sewing gives me such satisfaction and pleasure, things I never thought I would get from it, at least a few years ago. It’s mostly book sleeves and zipper pouches but lately people have been requesting fresh stuff, new stuff and I just LOVE making new things.

I got an order for a sleep mask yesterday and laptop sleeve a week before, it was challenging but so much fun. The reference I used was from a written tutorial blog post and it helped out immensely. I’ve done written tutorials before (2 if you’re asking) but I feel as if I didn’t go into much detail or precision, especially when it came to the images.

I hope to change that with this blog post where I would be putting down “how to sew a pocket organizer” in ink, as it were. The design is completely my own, meaning I didn’t use anything as a reference or a guide for this. It doesn’t mean that no one else has made something like this before.

Things You’ll Need:

  • Your basic Sewing Essentials
  • Fusible Interfacing
  • Two fabric prints, one will serve as the main outer piece and the other as the, uh, not-main? outer piece. I suck at this, forgive me. Basically both pieces will be visible on the outside and you’ll also be able to use one of them as a lining for the pockets. The main one will be facing towards you and it’ll have pockets while the other one will be facing the wall without any pockets.

I chose this super-awesome and cool map/stamp/animal print which is African themed and a simple black fabric. These are both incredibly sturdy.



  • 3 pieces from each fabric print of your choice measuring 7.5″ x 9.5″. That’ll be 6 fabric pieces total of this size. These will make the 3 pocket holders.
  • 3 pieces of interfacing of the same size.
  • 3 pockets for 3 pocket holders. The first and the third pocket will be of the same size 5.5″ x 6.5″ along with their lining. That’d be a total of 4 pieces of this size.
  • I decided to do two pockets for the middle pocket holder. These will obviously be of shorter width. Again, you will also cut the lining so another 4 pieces measuring 5.5″ x 4.5″.
  • The connector pieces that would join the three pocket holders together into one mighty pocket organizer would be 4 in total measuring 4.5″ x 3″.
  • The hanging strip or the piece that would be used to hang your organizer on the wall would be 22.5″ x 1.5″.
  • Lastly, you would need bias tape to give the edges of the pocket holders a beautiful and finished edge. You will need 3 strips of fabric measuring 1.5″ x 35″. If you can’t cut pieces that long, just cut smaller ones and sew them together now.

Step 2: IRONING:

  • Do all the iron work right now starting with fusing the interfacing to the 3 of the 6 outer pieces. Wall-facing 3 or you-facing 3, doesn’t really matter.

  • Iron the edges of the 4 connector pieces as shown below. This will make sure that you don’t need to fold anything while sewing to hide the raw edge.
  • Iron the hanging strip in the same way, making sure to fold and iron over both shorter edges as before.
  • Iron the three strips of bias tape in exactly the same way.

Step 3: SEWING:

  • Start by sewing along both edges of the 3 connector pieces and the hanging strip as shown in the picture. You will not sew the edges of the bias tape yet.

  • Put each of the main 3 pieces with the 3 wall-facing pieces WRONG sides together and sew with a quarter inch seam allowance. The bias tape will cover the edges later.
  • Now sew the bias tape along the sides of each of the three pocket holder pieces. It’s hard to describe it but basically what you do is, you put the middle crease of the bias tape with the edge of the pocket holder piece, folding the creased side edges of the bias tape symmetrically over the top and bottom of the pocket holder. In that way, when you sew along the top, the stitches appear exactly below securing the bias tape perfectly. I will assume that you did not understand of word of what I just said. In that case:

Take care when you come to the curving point. Stop sewing about an inch away and make an L by folding the bias tape like so:

Don’t worry if you can’t do it the first time. I, myself, did it on the third try. Your pocket holders should now look like this:

As you can see, I wasn’t satisfied with a single stitch so I doubled it and stuff. I’m paranoid like that. Also, the bias tape is about 4″ larger than the perimeter of these pieces so it would overlap where you started. Just sew over the first edge, make sure the second edge is folded inside and the raw side is hidden.

  • Once you’ve sewn bias tape all around the three pieces, it is time to attach the hanging strip. Pick one pocket holder piece and place it right side down. Now place both ends of the strip about a half an inch from the top edge and 2.5″ from the sides in such a way that all the strip is downwards. Pin the ends and fold them over, now sew over the strip in a rectangle securing it to what is going to be the top pocket holder piece. The strip should now be facing upwards.

(I should probably mention the fact that if you had ironed and sewn the strip as I had instructed, you would not need to fold the strip like I’m showing you now. I did it because I forgot to tuck in and sew the shorter edge so mine were raw. I folded them to hide the raw edges. So yeah, do that if your edges are raw, if not, just place the strip and sew.)

  • Place all the pocket pieces and their linings right sides together sewing with a quarter inch seam allowance. Leave about a 2 to 3 inch opening for turning the pieces inside out. Iron them and top stitch.

  • Now place the pockets on the pocket holder pieces positioning them in the middle. Pin them in place and sew the pockets. You will sew the sides and the bottom, not the top. That’d be silly.

  • Take two connector pieces and position them at the bottom of the back of one pocket holder piece, on both sides of the pocket but a little lower, close to the bias tape. Pin them if you want and sew them in place. Now take the other ends of the connector pieces and position them on the second pocket holder piece but at the top instead of the bottom. Repeat with the remaining pieces essentially joining all the pocket holders together into one glorious organizer. Voila!
This is my pocket holder’s backside. It’s backside. HA! That’s hilarious.
This is full frontal. LOL.

There you go! One pocket organizer locked and loaded. This was my first ever so I will be trying variations.

Also, this wasn’t as neat as I wanted it to be. My machine is from the Dark Ages and it broke about 453636 times while I was doing this project. Stupid old rust bucket.

I realize now that the words I was looking for in the beginning were “front” and “back”, not “wall-facing” and “you-facing”. They completely evaded my mind. Human brain does that sometimes. So this was the back and here is the front.

Really looks like a chalk board, doesn’t it? Weeeell, I tried. You cannot fault me for that. Let me know if you try it and show some pictures!


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Phone Case/Wallet/Purse Sewing Tutorial

It’s been a while since I did my first written sewing tutorial post. The first one was about book sleeves in case you didn’t know which you probably did not. I have been busy with making things for my shop plus getting some custom orders plus running two Instagram pages. It’s a welcome busy-ness. Get it? That was one of my better ones.

Anyhoo, there’s this piece of fabric that I bought two months ago and it straight up refuses to finish. I’ve cut and cut and cut so many things and even now there still are 6,7 scraps left. This particular project was made out of desperation (IMMA USE ALL OF YOU, YOU STUPID PIECE OF CLOTH) and also a sudden burst of inspiration. The design is by no means a 100% original or unheard of but I did come up with it all on my own so I guess that’s what matters.

My inspiration for this project comes from Professor Pincushion, the Crafty Gemini and the Style Novice, whose videos I watch on Youtube.


  • Two large pieces of fabric that will be the main pieces. It really depends on the size of your phone. Measure the length and width of your device, double the width and add two inches to each dimension. For instance, if the phone is 6″ x 4″, double the width, making it 8″ and then add 2″ to each measurement: the final dimensions for the two main pieces would be:

8″ x 10″

  • Cut a piece of interfacing with the same measurements.
  • You’ll also need to put a tab inside the two pieces, that would make carrying the phone case easier. Cut a rectangular piece 6.5″ x 3″.
  • To secure the case while it’s closed, you’ll need some hook and loop tape that’d be sewn onto a flap. The flap needs to be about 4″ x 3″.
  • Aside from the main phone pocket, I made three additional pockets on the right side for money/cards/coins etc. It’s your choice really, the number and size of pockets you may need.
  • For the phone pocket, cut a piece measuring 7″ x 4.5″ and for the three smaller pockets 3″ x 4.5″.


  • Apply the interfacing on one of the large pieces.
  • Prepare the tab and the flap in the same way: fold them in half length-wise and press. Open the crease and place both corners on the middle crease, press again. Now fold the two corners on top of one another and sew along both sides.
  • Take the large pocket piece and fold the top about half an inch in and sew on the edge. Then, do the same thing to the right edge of the pocket.
  • Do the same thing with the three smaller pockets but fold their left edges instead of right.
  • Now pin the pockets on the large piece with the interfacing like shown above. Remember, for the wallet pockets, place a pocket on top first, then the middle and lastly on the bottom.
  • Align the pockets so that they are about one inch below the top edge of the main piece.
  • Now sew all the pocket pieces with a basting stitch. The sides you folded are the ones which will show on the inside of the case. The unfolded ones will just be sewed in the seam allowance and you won’t even see them.
  • Fold the main piece in half to create a crease in the middle.
  • Once you have stitched all the pockets on the inside of the case, take the tab and put both sides about half an inch away from the middle crease. One end of the tab should be on the left and one on the right. Make sure that the tab is facing inwards not outwards. Pin in place.
  • Place the hook and loop tape on the inner corner of the flap and like the tab, align it in the middle, but on the right edge of the main inner piece. Like the tab, it should be going inside not outside. Pin in place.
  • Place the other outer main piece right side facing down with the right side of the inner main piece facing up. Before you stuff the flap inside and pin, figure out to what point the flap will reach once you have sewn all the sides. Mark that point and sew the other piece of hook and loop tape on top.
  • Now with both pieces right sides together, tab and flap inside pinned, leaving about a three inch gap, sew all the sides with a half inch seam allowance. Back stitch at the beginning and at the end.
  • Turn it inside out, press and top stitch along all four sides, stitching the open gap closed.

I hope you enjoyed this! If you have any questions please ask in the comments below!