PURSE ORGANIZER stocked with all sorts of ladies' purse "clutter"

PURSE ORGANIZER stocked with all sorts of ladies’ purse “clutter”


I designed this project especially for our Test Drives on these machines in Western Canada during Spring 2013. 


  • Cut piece of fabric approx. 13 x 8 inches  (for pockets). I used cream or other colour cotton fabric.
  • Cut piece of fabric approx 15x 10 inches (body of organizer) I used tan/light brown or blue cotton or decorator fabric.
  • For the shell tuck trim: 15 inch length of BIAS cut fabric approx 1-1 ½ inches wide. Fold in half wrong sides together I press fold.  I used quilting cotton fabric or organza. The organza works really well as it is thinner and forms the shell tucks really nicely.
  • Cream sewing thread & matching bobbin.
  • Blue embellishing thread such as polyester embroidery thread  + matching bobbin though you may also use the cream bobbin.
  • 1 button – I used one approx. 1 inch in diameter.
  • Fabric marker
  • Pair of scissors for trimming fabric etc.
  • Pins
purse organizer laid out flat showing pockets for purse items

purse organizer laid out flat showing pockets for purse items


Making the Scallop trim:

here is a strip of folded organza which is being turned into scallop trim. Follow the step-by-step instructions below.

Here is a strip of folded organza which is being turned into scallop trim. Follow the step-by-step instructions below.

  • Each project will need about 15 inches of scallop trim: fold bias cut fabric as above & press. On MC8900: select Utility #18 or 21. I liked #21 better. SW increased to 9; SL reduced to 1; tension up to the MAX 9; Use same colour thread as fabric in needle & bobbin. Stitch along the folded strip using the A or F foot making sure that the zag or right swing goes OFF the folded edge of the fabric. I used a part of the foot as a guide for the edge of the fabric.  Adjust settings if preferred.  On MC8200:use Mode 2 #16; MC9900 Utility # 17.   Ric-rac and other store bought trims would also work.



  • Fold both fabrics in half lengthwise and press the fold.  Check they are both the same size across. if not, trim equal with a rotary cutter & ruler.
  • Attach ¼ inch Foot O and sew side seams of cream pocket fabric with RS together. Trim corners & turn out to right side. Use D95 on MC8900; Mode 3 #2 on MC8200; Quilt #2 on MC9900. Use tan or cream thread in needle & bobbin
  • Finger press or use iron. Bottom edge is open with raw edge.
  • Do exactly the same with the tan/brown or blue main fabric of organizer.
  • Lay the pocket fabric on top of the brown or blue  fabric – check they are still more or less the same width across the raw edge.



  • Attach the scallop trim to the top folded edge of the cream pocket fabric.
  • Pin in place behind the front of the pocket/attach to inside of pocket fabric.
  • Tuck the 2 ends inwards between the trim & the fabric. You can trim ends off later.
  • Use suitable colour thread & bobbin.
  • Select a suitable decorative stitch: I used Decorative menu #194 on the MC8900; Mode 2 #73 on the MC8200 & Decorative menu #22 on the MC9900. Other stitches can, of course, be used but this step is also doubling as a neatening of the raw edges of the trim on the back so do be sure to choose a stitch that will give coverage and is 9mm wide.
  • Use Satin stitch foot F or Acufeed Flex foot AD (on MC8900 & MC9900) and ride the right edge of the foot along the edge of the cream fabric – NOT the trim as that is scalloped & might be difficult to follow straight. The Cloth Guide (included accessory with the Mc8900 & MC9900; optional accessory with the MC8200) can also be used for this step.
  • Be sure to use the lock stitch to end the row of Dec. stitching & then the thread cutter to snip the threads.
  • Select Utility D1 on MC8900; 1S direct selection on MC8200 & Utility #01 on the MC9900. Either use the Cloth Guide or the red marking in the middle of the F foot to sew a row of straight stitching along the edge of the cream fabric. This is a top stitching to secure the fabric edge to the trim.
  • Back stitch a few stitches at the start & lock or tie off at the end. Use the thread cutter.

Sewing pockets to Organizer:

  • Use the Acufeed Flex foot AD for the MC8900 & MC8200. Use the A or F foot for the MC9900. The ¼ inch Foot O could also be used.
  • Thread up with cream in needle & bobbin.
  • The cloth guide may be also used for this step.
  • Select Utility D1 on MC8900; 1S direct selection on MC8200 & Utility #01 on the MC9900.
  • Layer the 2 fabrics together lining up the raw edges along the bottom.
  • Sew a seam along the raw edge.
  • Overcast the raw seam edge using Utility menu #22 on MC8900, Mode 2 #18 on MC8200 & Utility # 18 on the MC9900.
  • Press the 2 fabrics with right sides out & neatened seam tucked inside.
  • Thread up the needle & bobbin with appropriate colours.
  • Attach the Acufeed Flex foot AD on MC8900 & MC8200; A or F foot on MC9900.
  • Pin the pockets in place. Mark the pocket divisions with a fabric marker if you wish.
  • Top stitch along the sides & bottom of the organizer pockets ensuring that when you sew that the foot is fully on the fabric so that all the feed dogs can work as they are designed to do. If you sew with the foot half on & half off the fabric, it will not feed properly and your top stitching will wiggle along!
  • Sew these pocket divisions using the same straight stitch and being sure to back stitch at the start & lock stitch at the end of each seam.



  • Now make the buttonhole down the edge of one side of the organiser. Measure the button & mark where you wish to place the buttonhole.
  • Attach the Buttonhole foot & stabilizer plate and thread up with the tan/brown thread in needle & bobbin
  • Put the button in the foot & clamp it in place.
  • Select Buttonhole menu #23 on MC8900; MODE2 #19  on MC8200 & Buttonhole menu #1 on MC9900.
  • Optional: Pop a small piece of stabilizer between the 2 layers of fabric where the button hole will be.
  • Sew the buttonhole.
  • Cut open the buttonhole carefully with the scissors or the seam ripper with a pin across the ends of the buttonhole stitching to prevent snipping the bar tacks at either end of the buttonhole.

Button sewing:

  • Attach the Button sewing foot T to the machine.
  • Thread up with a suitable colour for the button.
  • Lower the feed dogs (lever on the right side of the machine where the on/off switch is located)
  • Mark where you wish the button to be sewn.
  • Position the button over this mark & lower the Foot T down onto the button.
  • Select the button sewing program: MC8900 Buttonhole menu # 34; MC8200 Mode 2 #26; look for the button sewing program in the Sewing Applications menu on the MC9900 – it is not on the Buttonhole menu but it IS there.


Your purse organizer is complete!

Dimensions can be easily altered to customize organizers for your specific purse size.

About lizafrica

I am the National Education Manager for Janome & Elna Canada (including Artistic Creative products) and I LOVE to sew! I have been employed full time in the sewing and quilting industry for almost 30 years so I bring a wealth of sewing knowledge & expertise to this blog. I enjoy all forms of sewing from quilting to sewing garments to machine embroidery and software. Pretty much everything in my life is seen through the eyes of a passionate sewer! I am constantly on the look out for fun, innovative and inspiring ideas to share with you all on this blog. I also love to read, knit , travel and spend time with my family and friends.
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  1. Toni Stolich says:

    Can you tell me how to start the Janome 15000 in UPDATE MODE???


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