Saturday, October 23, 2010
I am really into couponing; I've been doing it for over a year now, and it saves us a lot of money. At first I was using a plastic divider envelope that I got at the dollar store, but I wanted something cute, since I sometimes take it into the grocery store like a clutch.
So I found a .pdf sewing pattern for a coupon organizer on Etsy from iSew. What a great idea, and such a beautiful pattern! I made this organizer for myself earlier this year, but I wanted to dig out the photos and share my review.
Fabric - For the exterior of the coupon organizer, I used Alexander Henry Apples and Pears in pink. The inside is Moda black and white polka dots, and I used an Alexander Henry fabric with yellow lemons on it for the binding. I wish I would have used a solid-colored binding, but oh well. The divider tabs with the sections (i.e. Bread, Canned Goods, etc.) are printed on my computer with June Tailor Colorfast printable sheets.
Pattern Pieces - There is a pattern piece for the main panel of the organizer, and the sides and dividers are rectangular cuts. Easy! I have to say again, that the actual design of the .pdf pattern is really pretty. The photos, text, everything is just beautifully done. I couldn't have asked for a better .pdf.
Illustrations/Instructions - The photos are clear and pertinent to the accompanying instructions. The instructions are very detailed, and not only that, but there are helpful tips along the way, as if someone is standing over your shoulder and offering a suggestion. My favorite part was sewing all the dividers together, it came together so nicely. As noted in the pattern, sewing the binding along the sides of the organizer was a little tricky, but I just kept along slowly and it was fine.
My binding skills aren't so hot, so I'm not so crazy about how that turned out, but I just love how I was able to sew the accordian-style dividers together...SO cool! The magnetic snaps I used were a little heavy-duty for the fabric (I even used a small piece of interfacing inbetween the layers to enforce the snap), so I would probably go with the smallest snaps you can find.
Conclusion - An intermediate sewer should be able to get through this with no problem. It looks a lot more complicated than it is. I had a good time sewing it, I doubt I would make another, but it was a fun project (and no one has a coupon binder like mine).