Fashion Over 40 ~ Placemat Purse Organizer

This is a combo post... Hubby and I were away this weekend and we were traveling home on Sunday.... So, this is me... how I normally dress. I've told you before, I'm a jeans, t-shirt, flip flop kinda gal.
My Fashion Over 40
(Betcha can't guess where I am...) ;) And yes, this is fashion...kinda... Go Flames!
We had a great weekend! First, we got to visit our daughter in Virginia and then headed down to our favorite place to vacation, Myrtle Beach.  It was kinda cloudy and wet, but it was nice to get away.

Preparing for this getaway, I decided to change purses to something a bit more fallish. I've had shoulder issues, so now, I like to wear over the shoulder, cross over purses. I really don't like heavy purses, or really big ones. I like it simple. Anyway, I changed purses, and this one didn't have all the nice organizing pockets inside. Everything seemed to fall into a big black hole. Then dig, dig, dig to find something. Basically, a HUGE mess!
Purse Mess

Do you see what I mean? This began to bug me after day one! On Thursday, I decided I couldn't take it anymore.  There has to be a better way, some sort of purse organizer.  I looked on Pinterest and saw a few pics.  I could easily do this!


1. Find a cheap placemat, I think I might have picked this up at the Dollar store.
Figure out what you need organized. These are the items that I don't want to have to dig for.

2. Fold over the top edge for stability and sew across.
Fold Over Top Inch

3. Fold the placemat almost in half and line up the items you where you want them.  You want to be able to reach into the pocket easily. Place stickpins where you want the pockets to be.Pin Layout

4. Sew up sides and pockets where you placed the stickpins.
Fold Up Bottom Half

5. Voila! Placemat Purse Organizer!
Pockets sewn

This organizer will fit in practically any size purse.  I didn't sew the ends together, so that it can fold over if the purse is rather small. I folded it over in this purse.
Placemat Purse Organizer700
I tested it out this weekend and it WORKED! I could easily find the items I needed without having to dig. It all stayed organized!  I am a Happy Camper!!

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  1. Very cute! What a great idea! It reminds me of your drawer organizers. This would make changing purses out a breeze. Just pick up the placemat and move it to another purse. Thanks for sharing this with us.

    1. Thanks!! I'm still using it, which means it's working for me! I think it will make changing purses easy. Thanks, for your sweet comment!

  2. Once again you've outdone yourself with the "simplistic". Now that I think I can do that. Thanks Lori!


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