April 22, 2009

Another Random Project

I don't know why so many odd ideas have been popping into my head lately, but I might as well go with it. Here's my latest random project...a coupon organizer! I had one of those paper ones a long time ago, but I think it went in the bin when I went to England. Then I bought a cool plastic one from the Container Store (I love you Container Store). That one just didn't work. It wouldn't stay open. Annoying.

So, as any nutty seamstress would, I decided to embark on a quest to make my own...out of fabric. It's a time consuming little project, but a fun one anyway. I will definitely turn it into a pattern at some point. This is a good project to make for yourself, or as a gift. I'm not sure I can sell a completed one for enough money to cover the time involved. We'll see.

Here's prototype #1. It was fine, but I decided I'd like to make the dividers a tiny bit heavier and the whole thing wider.


Version #2 had thin interfacing for the dividers and actual labels on the tabs. I had a hard time deciding on those. I don't want it to get too thick. It's already bigger than a store-bought organizer. That's the price you pay for style, right?


Version #3 is my favorite because I love the fabric so much. For the next version I'm going to make the cover part about 1/2" wider. Otherwise I think it's pretty settled.


This was a fun project for me because I'm a bit of a font lover. I enjoyed actually being able to use some cool fonts for a change.

My next version will be for me! Yes, I'm going to make something for myself. It may not get done until after the move, but the fabric's all picked out and ready to go.

9 comments:

Staci K. said...

This is just too cute! I have one of those plastic organizers, and besides being hard to use - it's just u-g-l-y! Yours are adoreable! I might have to give this little project a try too. It might get me to actually use the coupons I clip.

Junie Moon said...

What a great project and I love the tabs.

Nutsy Coco said...

That's a great idea! I searched all over online and on Etsy when I was trying to find my coupon organizer. I finally found a semi-decent one made out of pink canvas, but it was a months long process. And yours is still much cuter!

Christina said...

So cute! I also looked all over to find one and in the end I bought a mini photo album which has been working well because I can see all my coupons as I flip through.

Katie Jean said...

Those are great! I especially love the last one. very pretty!

Jessica J. said...

OMG, I absolutely love this!

Jenn Maruska said...

Very pretty!

Chickengirl said...

omg with an organizer like that, Iwill be sure to remember to take my coupons to the grocery store everytime. Its just too cute.

Jennifer said...

Please, please, please make up a pattern!! This is exactly what I've been looking for and I'm not clever enough to come up with it on my own LOL! Pretty please?! It's wonderful!