Hanging storage pockets are a convenient method of storage for household items, office supplies, toys and assorted other objects. Making a hanging storage unit with three pockets from canvas, denim, quilted fabric or other heavier fabric is a simple project that will have practical and immediate useful results. With two casings supported by dowel rods (that can be purchased at any discount, craft or hobby store), your storage pockets will hang evenly on any wall and store your items in an organised fashion.
Fold all four edges of the 35 in. x 20 in. fabric rectangle over a 1/2-inch against the wrong side of the fabric. Pin. Using a sewing machine and a straight stitch, sew the pinned edges. Remove the pins.
Fold the edges of the two 35-inch-length sides under 1/2-inch against the wrong side of the fabric so there are no raw edges of fabric. Pin. (You will have folded or sewn the two 35-inch sides twice). Using a sewing machine, sew the pinned edges. Remove the pins.
Fold the two 19-inch edges (the top and bottom of the hanging storage pockets base that originally were 20-inches wide before side hems) over two inches against the wrong sides of the fabric. Pin. These pinned sections will be the casings where the rods will slide supporting the storage pockets. Using a straight stitch and a 1 3/4-inch seam allowance, sew the casings at the top and bottom of the fabric. Remove the pins.
Begin the pocket construction. Fold all four edges on each of the three 20 in. x 9 in. fabric rectangles, one inch against the wrong sides of the fabric. Pin. These will be the hemmed pocket edges. Using a straight stitch, sew on all edges of each of the three pocket rectangles. Remove the pins.
Place the base fabric of the storage unit (now measuring 19 in. x 34 in.) on a flat surface with the right side of the fabric facing you. Choose one 19-inch edge to be "the top."
Place one 18 in. x 7 in. length (previously, 20 in. x 9 in. before hem) pocket rectangle, horizontally, three inches down from the top casing seam. Center the pocket rectangle, then pin the two 7-inch sides and the 18-inch bottom.
Place another 18 in. x 7 in. fabric rectangle, 3-inches down from the previously pinned pocket in step 6 and centre. Pin as in step 6.
Place the remaining 18 in. x 7 in. fabric rectangle three inches down from the second pocket, centre and pin.
Sew the two 7-inch sides and the 18-inch bottom of all three pockets using a zigzag stitch on top of the pocket edges through the fabric base beneath. Remove the pins.
Slide the two dowel rods into the top and bottom casings.
Tie the left end of the 36-inch length cord, one inch from the dowel rod end on the left end of the rod. Tie a tight knot. Tie the right end of the 36-inch cord, one inch from the dowel rod end on the right end of the rod. Tie a tight knot. Hang the cord, in the centre, from a nail or hook.
Things you need
- 2 wood dowel rods, 34 in. x 1 in. diameter
- 1 fabric rectangle, 35 in (length) x 20 in. (width)
- 3 fabric rectangles, 9 in. (length) x 20 in. (width)
- Straight pins
- Tape measure
- Sewing machine
- Polyester or other cord, 36 in. (length)