How to Make a Homemade Hanging Shoe Organizer

Updated February 21, 2017

Hanging shoe organisers are a useful tool for managing many things around the house, ranging from shoes to small toys to toiletries. Unfortunately, many of the hanging pocket organisers available are cheaply made and unattractive. Making your own hanging shoe organisers is not only easy, but it also allows you to coordinate with your home decor or just add a fun splash of colour to your closet. You can customise them to meet your storage and organisation needs.

Measure the space available for your hanging organiser. One of the benefits to making your own organiser is the ability to make it any size you need. Add one inch to both the height and width to determine the size to cut heavy duty decorator or upholstery fabric for the back panel of your hanging shoe organiser.

Determine how many pockets you want on your hanging pocket organiser or how many will fit in the available space. For each row of pockets, cut strips of fabric approximately 7 inches by one-and-a-half the width of your hanging shoe organiser. Press the top and bottom edges of your pocket organiser pockets under by half an inch. Sew the top hem on each pocket piece.

Apply fusible interfacing to your decorator fabric backing according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Pin the pocket pieces for your hanging shoe organiser into place on the interfaced back panel. Baste the sides of each long pocket piece. Use pins to mark each seam separating the larger pocket into smaller ones, dividing the extra width evenly among the individual pockets. Pleat the excess fullness into the bottom seam, pinning as you go. Create a single pleat in each pocket to create space for items. Stitch the bottom seam into place on each row of pockets.

Cut ribbon or twill tape into lengths suitable for hanging your shoe organiser, typically five to six inches. Pin these into place along the top edge of your hanging organiser with the loops pointing down.

Place the fabric backing with its right side against your constructed hanging shoe organiser. Stitch around with a half-inch seam allowance. Leave an opening for turning at the bottom of the organiser. Turn the organiser right side out. Press and topstitch around all edges, securing the opening in the bottom. Hang your organiser on hooks, over a closet rod or anywhere else you might need one.


Try making the pockets out of clear vinyl. Add strong hook and loop to the loops to allow for easy hanging from any rod.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape Measure
  • Heavy duty decorator or upholstery fabric
  • Interfacing, medium to heavy weight
  • Muslin or lightweight fabric for backing
  • Wide twill tape or sturdy ribbon for hanging loops
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine and coordinating thread
  • Pins
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With a master's degree in art history from the University of Missouri-Columbia, Michelle Powell-Smith has been writing professionally for more than a decade. An avid knitter and mother of four, she has written extensively on a wide variety of subjects, including education, test preparation, parenting, crafts and fashion.