How to Sew Hanging Storage Pockets

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Hanging storage pockets add extra space to a room in which to store small items. They are made to hang on a wall or door. Inside a closet is an area that can benefit from hanging storage for shoes or hosiery. A baby's room will be a handy place for storage pockets to hang just in reach of the diaper changing station. Hanging storage can help keep your infant safe when you place it near the bathing area. This will keep supplies close at hand so you don't need to leave the baby unattended.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Printed fabric
  • Contrast fabric
  • Fabric pocket lining
  • Fabric fusing web
  • Wooden dowels

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    Make Main Body

  1. 1

    Cut the printed fabric the size you want your storage pocket to be. A common size is 25 inches x 39 inches.

  2. 2

    Stitch a 1/2-inch hem on the sides.

  3. 3

    Turn under 1 1/2 inches at the top and bottom to make casings. Stitch.

    Make Pockets

  1. 1

    Cut two pockets from contrasting fabric 22 inches x 12 inches. Cut one pocket from contrasting fabric 22 inches x 8 inches.

  2. 2

    Cut pocket lining fabric the size of each pocket. Cut fabric fusing web the size of each pocket.

  3. 3

    Lay the pocket lining fabric face down on the ironing board. Lay fabric fusing web on top of the pocket lining fabric. Lay the pocket fabric face up on top of the fabric fusing web.

  4. 4

    Press the three layers together and fuse according to instructions on the fabric fusing web package. Repeat for all three pockets.

  5. 5

    Turn each of the raw edges of the pockets under 1/2 inch. Press. Machine sew the top flap down with a straight machine stitch.


  1. 1

    Place the pockets on the main body of the storage pocket. Place one toward the top, one in the centre and one toward the bottom. Exact placement is up to you.

  2. 2

    Sew with the machine around three sides of the pocket. Make a backstitch at the tops of the pockets to prevent the thread from unravelling.

  3. 3

    Stitch a line up the centre of one pocket to divide the pocket into halves. You may repeat this as desired and make some more narrow than others.

  4. 4

    Insert wooden dowels in the casing at the top and at the bottom.

Tips and warnings

  • If you want to make the main body heavier, you may secure plastic canvas to the back of the piece.
  • You may adjust the size of the hanging storage to accommodate narrow wall spaces or larger spaces.
  • Make a vertical hanging storage pocket and hang it low, wrapped around the wall of your child's bedroom. He can keep his stuffed animals in each pocket.
  • Hanging storage pockets are not suitable for heavy objects such as tools.

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