Saturday, August 27, 2011

Hanging Fabric Pocket Organizer

 Homeschooling my children is a wonderful blessing that bares with it a great responsibility. With so many different roles (wife, mom, teacher, homemaker etc.) that I play around our home organization is key to keep things running smooth.
Often times the way school lessons break down in a day, one side of a worksheet is completed that day, leaving the other side for the next school day. What to do with all those papers for different children? What to do with them so they are not forgotten or overlooked? Where to put them so each child knows what they have for that day? What to do with them so they are not in the clutches of the youngest sister who wants to try her hand at her big sister's worksheet? These were the questions that inspired this.
 Individual pockets adorned with ribbon. Perfect for holding school papers to be done or to be completed, corrections to be made or homework.
Eyelets make this possible to hang over the door from metal hooks. You can purchase eyelets at any fabric store, I got mine at Hobby Lobby. I then used ribbon to hang the organizer to the height I wanted. 
Now for a peak of what is hiding under the fabric. How I made it.
I used a large Diaper box from Costco. I trimmed off the flaps or edges and this created the base for my organizer. I cut out pockets to the size I wanted, (keeping in mind they will be hemmed and turned under so that in the end it is at least big enough to fit a piece of paper) and then turned the edges in and sewed a thin hem. I then placed the pockets on my main piece of fabric. I turned under each edge excluding the top opening. I pinned the pocket to the main fabric and then pined on my ribbon wrapping it around the pocket. I sewed on each pocket and only sewed the ribbon edges to the main fabric. Once the pockets were all complete, I then used my hot glue gun to glue the main fabric to the cardboard box (only warping and gluing the edges to the back side of the cardboard). I also used the hot glue gun to glue down the middle or center part of the ribbon onto the pocket.There you have it... very simple. You could hot glue the whole thing if you did not want to sew.
 This organizer will most likely hang on the inside door to my classroom closet. The closet door remains open during school time. The top pocket for now will hold my oldest daughters books. The one she is reading for her book report and the one I am reading out loud to her. The other pockets hold school papers! Yay! A wonderful solution! You could also use this for printer paper, notebook paper, construction paper, story books, coloring books, magazines, mail, bills, school or craft supplies and anything else you can come up with! Labels or numbers on the pockets are possibly in this organizers future. If I do then I will show you the update in a later post.
Now for a bit of an update. Here is what now fills my Mason Jar by my chalk board... because I know you have just been dying for this update. :)

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  1. Oh I could SOOOO use this!! Great idea! Thanks for posting at Vanilla Bean today!!

  2. I so need one of those to help me organize. I really like the idea of the mason jar hung to hold chalk. Pinned that idea!

    If you have a moment today, please share this with my readers @Creative Juice Thursday. Hope to see you there!

  3. WOW... the good thing is it matches you cushions :)

    Thanks for linking up at Tea Time Thursdays @ Kreative Korner and adding to the fun.

    The party for this week is going on... hope to see you there again :)

  4. Brilliant pocket organizer! You are so creative! Angie xo

  5. your diaper box secret is safe with me...i know what you mean with homeschooling requiring more diligent is something we are continually refining...i do adore your new hanging organizer and your chalk holding mason jar...tres chic! thanks for linking up to fridays unfolded!


  6. the rule is to go and leave a comment on the two before and two after at TT&J link party...and look at that! YOU are two after! Well, I think you know I LOVE your organize pockets! They are darling, but just in case you didn't you certainly know now!

    Becky B.
    Organizing Made Fun

  7. Hi Carrie,

    Neat idea! I love your chalk holder too. I enjoyed looking through your older posts... beautiful family!

    Thanks for commenting on my red hutch too.

    Gretchen :-)

  8. Super idea. Anything to help you stay organized is a good thing. So glad you shared at the Open House party!

  9. I LOVE this pocket organizer and can really use this idea for some office organization! Thank you so much for linking your post up at Savvy HomeMade Monday!

  10. awesome!! wow!! this is a super cute idea.. and very pretty.. Looks gorgeous!! Totally loved your blog and am following you now!! Hope you'll come by at Colours Dekor. :-)

  11. Dear Carrie: You could make a mint selling these on ETSY! Please consider it.

  12. There are many ways to go about organizing your accessory. Different methods make more sense depending on your space and what you’re storing. No matter which method you choose, these accessory organizer definitely helps you to reduce the space usage and clutter.

  13. StorageManiac 4-Shelf Hanging Shelves from Bizarkdeal

    I have limited closet space and storage so I am always looking for solutions that will help the situation. This is a great option! It is super easy to install with its velcro fastener on the top. It stays in place and is also pretty secure as long as you don't overload it. The picture shows hats, but it is big enough that you can use it for a wide variety of things. I have tee shirts and scarves on mine. They stay nicely on the shelf and as long as you don't overload the shelf, the shelf stays nice and even without bowing. I really like that it also makes things visible and easy to grab. Convenience is key when you have a busy lifestyle and this organizer really helps. I highly recommend it, especially if you have limited storage space.