How to make a fabric pocket wall hanging organizer

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How to make a fabric pocket wall hanging organizer
Recycle old blue jean pockets into a wall hanging organiser. (Comstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

Recycling and repurposing items from your closets is an inexpensive way to decorate your home. Transform an unused pillow sham and old blue jeans into a functional fabric pocket wall hanging organiser. The pockets of this organiser can provide storage for a child's room, home office, laundry or sewing room. Hung on a wall, in a closet or on the back of the door, it will allow easy access to a variety of small items that become a jumbled mess in drawers.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Quilted pillow sham
  • Ruler
  • Straight pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • Several old blue jeans
  • 1/2-inch diameter wood dowel, 36 inches long
  • Jigsaw

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  1. 1

    Lay a quilted pillow sham back side up on your work surface. Fold over 4 inches on one short end of the pillow sham and pin. Sew the pinned edge to create a casing for your hanging dowel. Lay the pillow sham with the front side up and the casing at the top.

  2. 2

    Cut around the back pockets on old blue jeans. Cut the fabric on the seat of the jeans, a 1/2 inch from the pockets. The amount of pockets needed will depend on the size of the pockets, size of the pillow sham and how the pockets are arranged.

  3. 3

    Arrange the pockets on the front of the pillow sham. Pin the 1/2-inch edge surrounding each pocket to the pillow sham. Zigzag stitch over the cut edge of each pocket, all the way around each pocket. Each pocket will become a separate storage space on your fabric organiser.

  4. 4

    Measure the length of the casing and add 2 inches. Cut a 1/2-inch diameter wood dowel using a jigsaw. Thread the dowel through the casing with 1 inch of the dowel exposed on each end.

  5. 5

    Cut out the double-stitched seam on the inseams of a pair of jeans. Measure and cut two, 22-inch lengths from the seams.

  6. 6

    Wrap an end of one jean seam around one end of the dowel and tie it in a knot. Repeat with the other jean seam on the other end of the dowel. Bring the free ends of the jeans seams together and tie in a knot. This is the hanger for your fabric wall hanging organiser.

Tips and warnings

  • Label each pocket using a dimensional fabric paint that coordinates with the colour of the pillow sham.

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