How to Make Customized Pockets for Your Daily Essentialscomments (5) September 30th, 2008
Call me obsessed. I have spent far too many minutes of my life fishing around for the one elusive object that I need at that moment, which seems to defy being found at the bottom of my bag. Whether it's late at night on my Brooklyn doorstep, or with the less-than-patient bus driver staring me down as I search for my MetroCard, my frustration increases with every passing second. Every time this all-too-common scenario plays out, I promise myself that I'll make a tote that houses each of my daily essentials in its own custom pocket, and I'll never go fishing again!
I've attempted this before, with not entirely successful results. I made a nice, extra-deep pocket for my wallet but forgot to make it wide enough for my hand to fit in. I made the perfect little lip gloss pocket, but the fit was so close, it worked like a push-up popsicle. And since I had cleverly placed it right near the top of my bag (for easy access), bye-bye lip gloss... I learned a lot from that first, er, prototype. Now you can benefit from my trials.
1. Assess your items. Empty out your purse and figure out which ones warrant their own pocket (like your phone or wallet) and which can be grouped together (like, say, pens and crochet hooks). Make a list of the pockets you'll need.
2. Measure each object.
For the width, be sure to measure the depth as well as the actual width by wrapping a tape measure fully around three sides. Add at least 1/2 inch to 1 inch extra for ease, depending on the size of the item. Also consider the slipperiness and variability of your possessions; my phone is slippery and always the same size, so it can fit pretty snugly in the pocket and still be accessed easily. My wallet, on the other hand, expands and contracts, and the leather is a little stickier, so I'm adding some extra space to this pocket. For all pockets, add 1 inch to the width for the seam allowance (1/2 inch each side) and 1-1/2 inches to the length (1 inch for the hem at top and a 1/2-inch seam allowance at the bottom). Write down the measurements you need for every pocket, and cut them out.
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