Don't you just hate having to dig around in the bottom of your purse for a band-aid, nail file or other small object? I know I do! Keep everything organized and within easy reach with this potholder purse caddy!
***Scroll down to the bottom of the post for a video tutorial!***
This is such a great project because not only is it fast and inexpensive to make, it can be customized with any embellishment you like to match any purse you may have. I never really knew how many cute potholders there were out there until I went shopping for one to use in this tutorial. The color and embellishment combos are simply endless! To take easier photos, I chose a solid color.
What you need:
a potholder that has a loop on one side (not on a corner)
6 ziplock bags
any embellishments you like
a sewing machine
needle and thread
How to make it:
1. Lay your potholder on a table, and then lay one ziplock bag on top of it. You want the edge of the bag opening to be just touching the seam of the potholder.
2. Use a small piece to tape to secure the corners of the ziplock bag to the potholder. This will help hold it in place while you sew.
3. Place another bag on top of the first one. This time, the opening of the bag should be facing the opposite direction. Secure it with a bit of tape. Make sure the edge of the bag opening is just touching the seam of the potholder edging. Do not worry about the closed end of the bag hanging over the edge. We'll fix that later.
Keep layering the rest of your bags on top of each other, alternating directions and securing them with tape until you have used them all. Now, let's sew them together.
4. Let's sew the bags to the potholder. Make sure to run your seam directly down the middle of the potholder. It will help to keep the bags in place if you lower the pressure foot onto the bags, then crank the needle down into them manually before you start sewing.
Sew slowly to keep the bags from slipping. Tie off the loose ends of your thread and trim them.
5. Remove the tape, and trim off the closed ends of the bags. Make sure to not cut too close to the seam to prevent the bags from coming loose. Leaving about 1/4 of an inch is just fine.
6. Close your caddy, and fold the loop up to help you determine where to sew the button. Sew the button on and you're finished! Add on any embellishments you like to jazz it up a bit.
If the corners of the ziplock bags are poking out, carefully trim them with scissors.
In the photo at the top of this post, I attached a flower that I made to the front of mine, but you could add anything you like.