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DIY Hanging Organizer with Pockets

Need a fun, creative organizer for your office, kitchen, or just the living room? This beautiful DIY hanging organizer is a perfect DIY project to organize your home.

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From home offices to craft rooms, there’s no doubt that storage comes at a premium. However, there’s one part of the home that often goes underutilized.

That’s right, our walls!

A hanging organizer is fantastic for turning a useless vertical space into usable storage. Not only that, but you’ll also be doing it stylishly, all while improving your sewing skills.

If you’re a beginner at sewing, this is a great project to test your mettle against. If you’re more experienced, you should fly through this in an afternoon!

What You Will Need for the Organizer

How to Make a Hanging Organizer

Step 1

Pull all your supplies together to get started. Ideally, you’ll need a thick textile to act as the base of your organizer. It would also help to have a sewing machine, but this can be completed by hand.

Pro Tip: If you’re short on time, try using an adhesive sheet instead of glued hangers or string!

Step 2

Start by cutting a piece of the heavy textile out for the base. If this is going inside a wardrobe, measure the door’s width and height to find the base’s size. Do the same for a wall hanging.

Step 3

Use your pencil and ruler (or tailor’s chalk if you have it) to sketch where your pockets will go. You can make them all the same size or change it up with some small and some big. It’s up to your needs.

Step 4

Now it’s time to cut out the pockets. The fabric pieces should be larger than the pockets you sketched (I made mine about ¾-inch wider on the sides and ½-inch longer at the bottom).

Making the pieces bigger allows you to pleat the pockets when you sew them on, thus creating more space to store your supplies. However, this is an optional step.

Step 5

We don’t want the fabric to fray with use, so it’s time to make a hem. Start by pinning around the outside of the pockets, folding in the raw edges as you go. You can fold your pleat at the same time.

Step 6

Take the organizer to your sewing machine (or use a needle and thread) and use a straight stitch. Sew up the left side, right side, and bottom to create what is called a selvage.

Step 7

Continue sewing the pockets onto the base, taking care to cover or erase your drawn marks as you go. As with all sewing projects, I recommend pressing your bags as you go to make them crisp.

Step 8

Next up, we must take care of the organizer’s edges in the same way we did the pockets. Fold the edges and pin in place, taking care to make the selvage even on all sides.

Pro tip: Iron down the edges as you go before pinning them. This keeps the fabric in place even better as you sew along the selvage.

Step 9

Head back to your sewing machine and stitch down the selvage, keeping as straight as you can while doing so.

Step 10

Now, it’s time to create your organizer’s hanging mechanism. This is super easy.

Just cut out two fabric pieces in the same size (I went with 6.5in x 6in). These will form the ‘suspenders’ or loops.

Step 11

Fold the edges into the middle, pressing them smooth as you do so. Pin the flaps together to form your suspender (it should look like the below).

Step 12

Run a quick straight stitch down the middle of each loop to secure them. You don’t need to worry about salvaging the ends, as these will be sewn to the organizer in the next step.

Step 13

Then, grab your wooden stick! This is the bar your organizer will hang from. Take the loops and space them equally apart on your base, looping them around the rod and pinning them in place.

Once done, simply run another straight stitch along the loops’ bottom to attach them to your base.

Step 14

Now, the next step will vary depending on your hanging method. If you’re using command hooks, you can just stop here. Otherwise, keep following along.

Step 15

Simply cut a length of string, then tie the ends to either end of the wooden stick. Wind the twine around the bar a few times to secure it (add a dab of hot glue for some extra security if you want to).

There you have it! Now, all that’s left is to decorate the organizer to your liking.

Step 16

I chose to use buttons on the larger pockets, just to add a little accent. Some other ways you can decorate this organizer include embroidery, rick rack, sequins, or even some fake foliage!

Once you’re happy with it, all that’s left is to hang your brand-new organizer on the wall with pride.

How Do You Hang Pocket Organizer?

If you are storing many items in there, I recommend using a wall-anchored hook, not an adhesive one. That way, you can be sure the glue won’t give up on you unexpectedly.

Otherwise, you can use two hooks to support the stick, or you can even secure the organizer itself to the wall.

Hope you picked up or created an idea of your own using this article. 

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