How to Sew a Hanging Organizer

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How to Sew a Hanging Organizer
Organise your accessories in a hanging organiser. (Jewellery image by Sergey Yakovenko from

Sew a small, hanging pocket-organiser for your jewellery. Clear plastic pockets make it easy to locate exactly the earrings you want. Use pre-quilted cotton and packaged seam binding to make a hanging organiser in less than an hour. When you have learnt to made a small organiser, you can use the same process to make a larger one for hanging your shoes in your closet, a medium-sized one for hair ornaments in your bathroom, and a long narrow one for mittens in the coat closet.

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Things you need

  • Tape measure
  • Quilted cotton
  • Scissors
  • Heavy clear plastic sheeting
  • Double-fold bias tape
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Matching thread

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  1. 1

    Cut a 15 by 18-inch square of quilted cotton. Cut two strips of clear plastic 15 inches long and 4 inches wide and three strips of plastic 15 inches long and 2 inches wide.

  2. 2

    Place the quilted fabric on a table with the short sides at the top and bottom. Pin one of the 2-inch strips of plastic 4 inches down from the top. Pin it only along the sides so you do not make holes in the plastic. Sew along the bottom and the sides, 1/4 inch from the edge. This is the first row of pockets.

  3. 3

    Sew the other 2-inch strips on in the same way, aligning the top edges with the bottom edge of the pocket above. Make a seam across all three plastic strips, 3 inches in from each side of the organiser, parallel to the long sides of the fabric. Sew two more seams 3 inches in from these seams. This will divide the plastic strips into five small pockets.

  4. 4

    Sew on the 4-inch strips in the same way. Sew seams 5 inches in from the sides to divide them each into three pockets.

  5. 5

    Round the corners of the rectangle with scissors. You will be cutting off the corners of the seams on the last pocket, but that doesn't matter. Pin the double-fold bias tape around the edges of the fabric rectangle, enclosing the raw edges of the fabric and plastic. Turn under 1/2 inch on the end of the tape to make a finished edge. Sew near the edge of the tape. Be careful to catch both edges of the tape on the front and back.

  6. 6

    Fold the top of the organiser over the bottom of the hanger and sew along the seam in the bias tape to hold it on the hanger.

Tips and warnings

  • Instead of sewing the organiser to the hanger, use sew-on Velcro to hold the fabric together. Then you may remove the organiser and roll it up for travelling. Tie it up with ribbons on each end.

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