The New Year always brings me a renewed motivation to organize. I love to take advantage of the fresh start, and 2017 has been no exception! Abby from Sew Much Ado here and today I am sharing a tutorial to make your own DIY Wall Pocket Organizer!
I made this organizer for my girls’ room to hold their books, but it would be perfect for any room of your house – the kitchen, office, or craft room!
The pockets are roomy, and will even fit letter-sized pages to help you organize whatever you’d like! Using a heavy duck canvas fabric helps to create a sturdy organizer without the need for interfacing, and I was thrilled to find the perfect pink at my local Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores.
My favorite part of this organizer is the fantastic gold metallic bias tape. I’ve been waiting for an excuse to sew with it, and it really gave the perfect pop to this project!
Let’s get to work!
• 1 1/4 yd duck canvas fabric
• Double fold extra wide bias tape (I used 3 packages of Wrights Gold Metallic)
• ¾” wooden dowel
• 3M large hooks (I used large hooks found at my local JOANN store, be sure that the hook is large enough to hold the wooden dowel)
• Spray paint (I used Krylon Gold Metallic Shimmer)
• E6000 glue (optional to hold dowel to fabric and hooks)
• Level and measuring tape for hanging organizer
• Backing: 23”x 34.5”
• Pockets (cut 2): 31”x 12”
To begin, apply bias tape to the top of each pocket. To do so, open folds of bias tape and right side down, align raw edge to raw edge of the wrong side of the pocket. Stitch along fold line closest to raw edges. Fold bias tape back along fold lines, wrapping around to right side of the pocket. With bias tape just covering first stitch line, stitch to right side of fabric, close to folded edge.
Fold backing, pockets in half lengthwise, and press to create a center crease in each. These will be used to help place pockets in later steps.
Press one pocket piece as pictured, creating a pleat with fold line meeting center crease. Pleat should be 1” wide.
Press the adjacent outer edge of pocket as pictured, creating a pleat with fold ½” from the outer raw edge. Pleat should be 1” wide. Repeat pleats on opposite outer pocket edge.
Place pocket 1 ½” from the bottom edge of backing, matching center creases. Stitch pocket to backing along center crease.
Pin side and bottom edges of pocket to the backing, keeping pleats in place. Stitch along pinned edges, ¼” from edges of the pocket.
Repeat the steps above to attach the top pocket to the backing, placing pocket 1 ½” above the top of the bottom pocket.
Center the bias tape over the bottom raw edge of each pocket and stitch in place, close to each fold of bias tape.
Stitch bias tape to sides and bottom of the organizer. At each bottom corner, backstitch, trim threads and fold bias tape to create mitered corner.
Press the top raw edge of organizer ½” toward the wrong side. Press folded edge 3” toward the wrong side. Stitch folded edge in place close to the edge of the fold, creating a casing. Stitch again, ¼” above first stitch line.
Use spray paints to paint hooks and wooden dowel in a well-ventilated area.
Insert dowel into the top casing and use level and measuring tape to hang organizer with 3M hooks. If desired (recommended if children will be using organizer), place a couple small drops of E6000 glue between casing and dowel and dowel and hook to help secure in place.
Have fun organizing your space!