How to make a fabric pocket wall hanging organizer

Updated April 17, 2017

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.


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

Things You'll 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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About the Author

Based in the Midwest, Cyndee Kromminga has been writing craft and interior design articles for 15 years. Her articles and craft designs have appeared in Crafting Traditions Magazine, Easy Holiday Crafting Series-House of White Birches Newsletter and Country Woman Christmas Books. Kromminga's education is in interior design and she has experience operating a craft and design business for more than 20 years.