Friday, December 2, 2011

Sew Organized

I need a big binder to keep our life organized, the kind you can slip school and activity papers into without having to recopy everything down. So I got a normal one of the three ring sort, and I was very organized; but things would fall out when I went places. So I moved up to the zippered binder, and life was all good. Then I tried to go out again and realized that after carrying a purse and baby, or more often pushing the stroller, I had no hands left to carry a binder everywhere. I tried to make it work for a while, looking like a juggling bear the whole time, but after dropping the enormous binder on the babies head for the third time I realized it was just not gonna work.  
Down-sizing was not an option; I needed a binder with handles! For some reason though moving up to handles comes with a big price tag. I guess there are just a select few of us who actually need this level of organization. Since I'm a very cheap frugal, and I didn't want to shell out the big bucks, I decided to try my sewing machine at making some handles.
Here's what I had to start with.

Finished project!

 Luckily it worked perfect! I made the handles out of ribbon, cording, and rings. Sewed them all up and then stitched them to the binder with a denim needle. It turned out so cute! I decided to remove the logo from the front too, and make it look more purse-like.
 I can now slip the handles over my arm, or the stroller handle, and be off to every appointment/activity knowing I have everything I need. Hopefully this should keep me organized for a while; because the next step is wheeling around a filing cabinet.


  1. You are so clever, the saying "necessity is the mother of invention" is sooo true. You did a great job! How did you get the white stitching on the handle? I want a mini one. My zippered calendar is bulging. Love you, Noni

    1. Actually the ribbon I used had the white stitching detail already on it, but a little hand stitching could have done it too. (I was not up to that much work. ;)

  2. Oooh, love it! So cute and it looks like a designer bag too because of the fun pattern.