Hanging Jewelry Holder – Space Saver

 

I have mentioned before that the reason we moved to Colorado 2 months ago, was for my husband to complete several clinical rotations (for PA school) before graduating next spring.  And lucky us, we were able to bum my parents basement apartment off of them while staying here.  (Thanks Mom and Dad!)  The basement has everything we need; bedrooms, a bathroom, a family room……even a kitchen. 

But overall, it’s a smaller space than what we had in GA

So downsizing has been tricky.  We can’t spread out as much.

 

So we have meshed things together and have doubled up room purposes.  Like, all of my craft stuff is in the family room.  Eeek!  And my husband’s school desk is in the kitchen.  Another eek!  But it works just fine and we are really grateful for our basement dwelling status right now.  Haha.

 

Anyway, lately, I have been having an all-out-fight with my jewelry.  There is no room for a jewelry box anywhere in our bedroom……so I have random baggies filled with jewelry, shoved in random drawers or shelves.  And then when I want something, I generally have to scour all nooks and crannies, looking for what I want.

 

So, I was walking through Joann’s the other day (buying the duck cloth for this bag) and saw some fabric jewelry holders. I liked the idea……except didn’t care for the fabric.  Or the roll up and tie (for travel?) feature.  And well, I didn’t like the pocket sizes either.  I wanted what I wanted…….go figure.  So I bought some supplies, right then and there, and added the project to my list.

 

And this is what I came up with. 

 

A double sided hanging fabric holder…….perfect for all of my orphaned jewelry pieces.

 

 

 

 

Both sides are made with customized pocket sizes. 

 

My rings and earrings fit perfectly in the smaller pockets and my bigger bracelets and necklaces slip right into the larger pockets.

 

 

I will be hanging my jewelry holder right in my closet.  All nice and tucked away. 

(And yeah, my clothes are never that organized.  Totally for the picture. Haha.)

 

 

And when I need something, I can push the clothes apart and select what I need…….

 

 

………or pull it all the way out, while still hanging, and pick what I want to wear.

 

 

You could also hang this from a door or wall.  And then turn it around to the other side, as needed.

 

 

 

Or, you can fill it with something completely different. 

 

As I was making this, I realized I may need to make another one and fill it with sewing notions. 

Remember how we have less room?  Yeah, this may solve a few space issues in the craft area. 

 

 

It would be expecially nice for the sewing things I use most often.  Keeps them nice and handy.

 

 

 

Need some other ideas of what to fill this with?

  • toy cars (or other small toys)
  • kid shoes
  • pencils, markers, crayons, scissors, paintbrushes, etc.
  • hair accessories (and hang it in the bathroom)
  • stickers, labels, stamps, rubberbands, notecards, etc.
  • fabric scraps
  • socks & onesies
  • make-up and brushes
  • scrapbook supplies
  • and much more…

 

Anyway, I know there are others out there with limited space, just like me.  This may help you keep your sanity.

 

 

Would you like to make your own?

 

 

First of all……..you need a sturdy hanger.  Mine came from the dry cleaner’s.  But you want one that is thick and has a nice sturdy shape to it.  Also, one that isn’t too curvy or have ridges along the main top section.

 

Then, select a nice sturdy fabric.  Mine is a home decor fabric……..so it’s thicker and sturdier than just plain woven cotton.

 

Lastly, you need some clear vinyl.  I purchased mine at Joann’s and I think it was a 10 guage thickness.  I really can’t remember…..maybe it was .10 or something.  The number 10 sticks out in my memory for some reason.  Sorry, I didn’t write down the number.  It isn’t super flimsy but is thin enough to fold easily and sew through.  Does that help?

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UPDATE: A reader shared a little trick about putting scotch tape on the bottom of your presser foot while sewing with vinyl.  I explained more about it here.  Worked like a charm and will help with this project!! 

 

To begin, measure the width of your hanger (mine was 18 inches wide) and then cut 2 rectangle pieces that are 2 inches wider than your hanger…….and the length that you want it.  Be sure to add a little extra for seam allowances.

 

My actual finished jewelry hanger is 20 inches wide by 30 inches tall.

 

So my starting rectangle pieces were 20 x 35 inches……..and then I trimmed a few inches off the bottom at the very end.  But I liked having the extra length, just in case.

 

 

First, take one of your rectangle pieces (face down) and center your hanger along the top of your rectangle piece. Trace around the top contour of the hanger, about a 1/2 inch away from the hanger.

 

I only traced around the top half and then folded my fabric in half lengthwise and then cut it out.  This just assures that your two sides will be exactly symmetrical.

 

Then I unfolded it and used that as the pattern to cut out the other rectangle piece of fabric, the exact same way.  But however you cut out your shape, be sure that the front piece matches the back piece.

 

Then, round your bottom corners.  Use a round cup or small bowl as a guide, if needed.

 

 

Now, you’ll need to decide on the size of your pockets.  And then sew 1/4 inch double fold bias tape to the top edge.  (What is bias tape?  Click here.)

 

 

Now, if your jewelry holder is a different size, you’ll have to do some math and figure out what size pockets you want, how big the pleats should be, how many pockets in each row, etc.  But I will show you what I did for mine.  (And as a tip, just to be safe, add a few inches of length to each strip and then cut off the excess that you don’t need.)

 

I cut 4 strips of vinyl that were 28 inches long by 4 1/2 inches tall.  And then one strip that was 28 inches by 5 1/2 inches.

 

 

Then I started making chalk lines across the front side of one of my fabric pieces.  You couldn’t see the chalk lines very well in the picture, so I drew some white lines right on top, in photoshop.  So I measured 6.5 inches from the top and made my first line (where the very top of my first row of pockets will hit) and then measured down 4 inches made another line, etc.  These lines will be used to keep my rows of pockets even.  Then kept measuring down 4, 4, 4, then 5 inches.

 

 

Here’s an actual picture of my chalk lines.

 

And to give the pockets some fullness (so that stuff will fit inside), I added 2 pleats to each pockets.  To do this, I started marking little lines along the bottom edge of the vinyl strips.  For the first 4 rows of pockets, I wanted each pocket to be about 3 3/4 inches apart.  And each pleat needed an extra 3/4 inch of length to fold with.  So I used a blue pen to mark my pleat lines and a red pen to separate my 2 pleats for each pocket.

 

 

I used photoshop again to make new red and blue marks below, so you could see them better.

 

So, starting on the left side, I started about 3/4 of an inch from the left edge and made a red mark.  This is where the vinyl will line up with the edge of the fabric.  From there I measure over 3/4 of an inch, then another 3/4 of an inch and marked both in blue.  Then I measured over 2 1/4 inch and then made 2 more blue marks 3/4 of a inch apart, then a red mark, then another 2 blue marks.  I continued all the way across the bottom edge of the vinyl.  SO between each red mark, are the markings to make two pleats for the pocket that will fit between those 2 red marks.

 

 

To make the 2 pleats for each pocket, you will make the left pleat fold over to the left…..and the right pleat fold over to the right.  Start on the very left of the vinyl and pinch the second blue line and fold the vinyl. 

 

Then fold it over to the left, until it reaches the first blue line. 

 

That makes your first pleat.  Now, pin it in place.  (Be sure to pin in the bottom 1/2 inch of the vinyl.  Because once you pull the pin out, you’ll have a small hole.  And the bottom 1/2 inch will be folded under so you won’t see those holes.  Anything above that, you’ll probably see at the bottom of your pocket.)

 

Now, do the same thing with the second set of blue lines, but fold over to the right.  That makes the 2 folds for 1 pocket.

 

Now, continue along until you have all of the pleats folded and pinned.  Remember, the red lines are just the markers that will separate your pockets with seams later on.

 

Now, turn this strip of pinned pleats face down, with the pinned side at the top.  So, face down and upside down.  Line up the pinned edge 1/2 inch above the second chalk line down.  Also, center this strip between the two sides of the fabric.  Be sure that none of your pleats are over the edge and that there’s at least 3/4 of an inch on each side before a pleat begins.  Pin the strip of vinyl in place.

 

Then place under the sewing machine and sew the strip of vinyl in place, removing the pins as you go.  Sew right on top of that old chalk line as your guide.

**TIP:  Sewing on vinyl can be tricky.  It tends to stick to your presser foot at times, and can keep your fabric from advancing.  To help this, you can place a layer of tissue paper between your foot and the vinyl and that will help it glide right along.  Then after, you can rip the tissue paper right off.  However, it makes it harder to see where you’re sewing.  So what I do, is increase my stitch length (from about a 2 to about a 3 or 3.5) to help jump over the vinyl a little bit more.  Also, I use both my hands on each side of the presser foot and pull the fabric and vinyl right along, so that the vinyl doesn’t get stuck.  I also, at times, put one hand in back of the presser foot and one in the front……and pull the fabric back that way.  Do what works best for you.

 

UPDATE: A reader shared a little trick about putting scotch tape on the bottom of your presser foot.  I explained more about it here.  Worked like a charm!!

 

There’s the completed seam.

 

Now, fold it up, right along that bottom seam and press flat with your fingers.

 

And then sew between each pocket and on each end (a 1/4 inch from each end).  Use that old red dot as your guide and use pins to pin each pocket down, if needed.

 

I did the same thing with the other 3 rows of vinyl.

 

Now, if you’re changing your pocket sizes, you’ll need to pin it differently.  I wanted 4 pockets in this bottom row.  So I adjusted my pleats and spaced them a bit more.  But I attached it to the fabric the same way.

 

And here is the final side……..with pockets all sewn on.

 

Now, it’s time to attach pockets to the other piece of fabric.  For my back side, I made 2 rows of pockets at the top that were half as tall as the pockets on the other side.  So instead of cutting strips of vinyl that were 4 1/2 inches tall, I cut them 2 1/4 inches tall……and then made 8 pockets across instead of just 5.  So instead of cutting the strips 28 inches long, I cut them about 32 inches long……and then adjusted the pleat marks to 1/2 inch apart instead of 3/4 of an inch. 

 

Then I made 3 of the regular sized rows and then 1 bigger row at the bottom, just like the first side.

 

Here are the two sides.  The one I did first on the right…..and the other on the left.

 

Then, at the top of one of the sides, I cut a dip out of the top.  This will provide you with a hole to stick your hanger through, later on.

 

Then I finished off the raw edge of that dip, with some 1/4 inch double fold bias tape.

 

Then I pinned the two sides together, with wrong sides together (so that pockets are all facing outward).

 

Then I sewed the 2 sides together (only along the top and sides…..leave the bottom open), using a 3/8 inch seam allowance.

 

Then I attached some 1/2 inch double fold bias tape around the sides and top of the jewelry holder (don’t sew the bottom closed yet)…..making sure to sandwich the bias tape around the raw edges.  While sewing, be sure that you are sewing through the bias tape on the back too.  (And sew very slowly around the curves and pull the bias tape to help it curve better.) 

Also, be sure to leave long tails of bias tape at each end, so that you have enough to finish off the bottom.

 

There’s the top and sides, all finished off…….

 

But the bottom remains open.

 

Here is the very top, with your little opening.

 

Stick your hanger up through the bottom opening and poke it through the opening in the top. See?  Fits the hanger like a glove.

 

Now, finish the bottom off.  I sewed one end of the bias tape down and then folded the other end under and sewed it down too.  Trim any uneven edges off, if needed.

 

 

And that’s it. 

 

You’re all ready to hang your jewelry holder. 

Or your craft/toy/make-up/sock organizer.

 

 

 

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148 Responses to “Hanging Jewelry Holder – Space Saver”
  1. 1
    Fay says:

    That’s awesome! Pity I’m no good at sewing bias binding.

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      Marge says:

      Instead of using bias tape around all the outer edge you could leave an extra 1/2″ or 1″ then face your two pices right sides together, turn it right-side out, clipping the corners, and then top stitch around the edge, I’m sure it’d look nice as well! I don’t know how to avoid sewing the bias tape on they vinyl, we’ll have to think on that one….

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        Andrea says:

        I just made this, and it was my first time using bias tape. I found it very difficult to do the vinyl but for the edges, I ended up getting the extra wide, which is 1/2″, I think, and that worked SO much easier. I would bet that you could use the wider bias tape for the vinyl, too, as long as you have taller pockets.

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      delores says:

      I love the idea. I have made several friends one with one difference. JoAnn stores sells transparent ribbon. It works perfect for small pockets to hold pins, earrings and necklaces. Easier to sew than the vinyl. Really makes this project work up quick. As the old saying goes “Try it you will like it”

  2. 2
    Courtney says:

    I did the same thing with my jewelry in the bathroom and thread in my sewing room. In fact I posted the sewing room idea on my blog: http://www.thepaisleyabbey.com/search/label/organization. I bought mine though. I like that you were able to customize your pocket sizes. Mine have been wonderful since they don’t take up much room and are easy to find things in. Great tutorial!

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    Katie says:

    We have one small bathroom with a small closet in it. I have been using a shoe holder for all hair accessories, toothbrushes & toothpaste, nail care items, jewelry, curlers…you name it. I didn’t think to make a smaller one just for jewelry!!! I may have to make one for that purpose and one for my sister as well (she lives in even tighter quarters!). Thanks for the idea!

  4. 4
    Jeena says:

    Love it, love it, love it! Did I mention I love it? I have been looking for something for my earrings forever, and nothing has worked. Don’t suppose I could pay you to make one for me? Seriously! Email me if you are interested.

  5. 5
    Lynette says:

    My mother in law made me one of these, but it was made with all clear vinyl, and I hang hang it on the wall. I now make my own necklaces, and I have too many to fit. The pockets are crammed full, and I can never find anything…so I just don’t wear it anymore. I love that this fits on a hanger, and can be in your closet or anywhere! My college aged sister would love this. I will have to try this. Cute too!

  6. 6
    Keri says:

    LOVE IT!!! Your amazing yet again. I’m not fancy enough to have that much jewelry BUT I keep thinking that is such a great idea for organizing my makeup/bathroom and sewing room. We’re in a tiny apartment so space is limited as well. Thanks so much for sharing!!

  7. 7
    Katie Ricks says:

    A basement apartment sounds like heaven right now to me! Colorado Springs has been much too hot for this pregnant lady’s liking!

  8. 8
    abby says:

    that is wonderful. i am so going to make a few!

  9. 9
    Kristi says:

    I love love love your site! I don’t think there’s a single tutorial of yours that I don’t want to make. Thank you so much for putting out tutorials that you don’t have to be a sewing expert to make!

  10. 10
    Regina says:

    How cute and crafty this is! Love it!

  11. 11
    Wendi says:

    I have been looking every where for this exact thing!! The only one I found was made of obnoxious fabric, so I couldn’t bring myself to buy it. But I am SO, SO excited about this one! Thanks!!

  12. 12
    Angela says:

    Love. It. And perfect timing, because my sister just yesterday texted me a picture of some hanging pocket wall organizer thingy with vinyl pockets and the message “can you make this?” Now I can finally text her back in the affirmative. ;)

  13. 13
    Katie says:

    Awesome! Thanks so much!

  14. 14

    What great instructions! You are an awesome teacher!

  15. 15

    A brilliant idea………. i really loved it and i will try it out for sure :)

  16. 16
    beth says:

    this is FABULOUS! thank you for sharing your creativity with us!
    smiles~beth

  17. 17
    Kristi says:

    Perfect! That is a great solution and I’m bookmarking it for when I need it!

  18. 18
    Brandy says:

    Haha! Can I just say that I love that you color coordinate your closet too. :) It’s nice to know other people do it. I love the jewelry hanger!

  19. 19
    Emma says:

    This is awesome! My aunt made things similar to these but not for jewelry they were for projects-in-progress so that you could keep them together in the closet. Anyway, I LOVE the idea of having this for jewelry!

  20. 20
    Maria says:

    Brilliant idea! I may have to adapt this idea for myself. Thanks!

  21. 21
    Julie says:

    Love this. I have been trying to find something for my earrings and I love that I could hang it up away from little fingers that like my jewelry as much as I do. Love the fabric you chose too!

  22. 22
    Rachel says:

    I love this, but I am a beginner at bias tape, and have never sewn with vinyl before, so I am going to have to work up the courage first. Do you need a special needle for vinyl? Or does it dull your needle up fast, so you have to replace it? Just curious!

  23. 23
    Kristina Noall says:

    I saw an idea on a blog for using a shoe holder sort of like this for organizing stuff in the car–hang it over the back of one of the front seats. I bought one at the Dollar Store, but I’m glad to know if it falls apart or isn’t to my liking, I can just make one…and love it. :) Thanks!

  24. 24
    Sarah says:

    Whoo hoo!! Awesome tutorial. Thank you. I need one of these desperately. I’ve been shuffling jewelry all around the bathroom and dresser trying to find something that works and this is PERFECT!!

  25. 25
    Billy says:

    Woo hoo! Been wanting to make one for Barbies, one for cars, and at least one for Mom. Thanks for the tout!

  26. 26

    love the idea. Another useful way to hang earrings, just incase, is to take a picture frame and take out the glass and backing, then staple chicken wire in the opening. The earrings fit great and its a cute use for a frame. I put a chain on my picture frame, so that it allowed for more room behind the frame.

  27. 27
    anilegra says:

    muy buena idéa y muy buen tutorial, te felicito

  28. 28
    Antigone says:

    That’s my favorite next project! Thanks a lot Ashley ;D

  29. 29
    Tora says:

    This is a fantastic idea, I just moved to a tiny flat and have “NO” sewing-room and making one or even two like this will help me put my sewing supplies in my closet :) Thank you so much for sharing this with us. I´ll be sure to put my finished one on my blog and link back to you:)

  30. 30
    Cindy says:

    My husband made me a hidden jewelry box behind an 11×14 collage photo frame. We even bought little lights that come on when you open the door since most of the year I get ready for work in the dark! I have yet to hang a locker room style mirror inside, but that’s the plan :). I think we’ll make some for Christmas gifts!

  31. 31
    Kim says:

    I emerge from lurking to say that we have the same necklace! I have the one that you’re pulling out of one of the pockets. Good taste. :)
    And thank you for sharing this! Hopefully, I’ll get a chance to do this soon!

  32. 32
    Kati says:

    Very cute and saves a ton of space! Love the fabric choice.

  33. 33
    sherry says:

    wow! i wish i was as creative as you! i am only good at copying others :(

  34. 34
    C says:

    I use a similar idea for my kids small stuffed animals-an over-the-doos shoe thing…it’s the perfect size for those little lovies!

  35. 35
    Rachelle says:

    Wow! Beautiful fabric and an awesome project. I’m storing the previous comment suggesting one for Barbies for my daughter –I’m sure Polly Pockets would love to live in these pockets too… Thanks for the tutorial and much more thanks for the hints on sewing with vinyl.

  36. 36
    Melissa says:

    Wow. I really want one now, but am not nearly committed to doing all that work yet. It’s on the project list now though

    I hope you realize how incredibly talented and resourceful you are. I want to be Ashley when I grow up! :)

  37. 37
    Erica says:

    Brilliant. I’m making one of these this weekend.

  38. 38
    Anonymous says:

    You are amazing!

  39. 39
    bojana says:

    of all the diy jewelry holders i’ve seen on the internet lately, i like yours the most. i hope i’ll collect my courage to try and make one for myself. thanks for the tutorial.

  40. 40

    Beautiful! I can’t wait to get some time to make one. I recently made a quick and easy DIY necklace holder http://a-heart4home.blogspot.com/2011/08/finished-friday-easy-diy-necklace.html.

  41. 41
    Tawnya says:

    Love it! Any ideas how to modify it to also store hanging necklaces? I have some I don’t want to put in a pocket and don’t want them all out on my dresser.

  42. 42
    Candace says:

    I love it! You are so talented, way to go!

  43. 43
    Michelle says:

    Fantastic, thank you for sharing :)

  44. 44

    This is so beautiful. I can already see one in every kids room for those small choking hazards my littlest can’t have but always seems to find. Thanks .)

  45. 45
    Kathy Patterson says:

    That is FANTASTIC Ashley! I read through every bit of your step-by-step and was amazed at how you think and work so clearly. You really plan (and photograph) each step to make it easy for us – thanks! You are an invaluable resource. I am thinking that an adaptation of this would be a great traveling jewelry holder. I have one from YEARS ago with little velcro pockets in it, so the jewelry doesn’t fall out while traveling, but it is fabric, not vinyl, so you can’t find what you want easily. It is a tri-folded thing with a little padding on the outside that cushions, and then it ties up to keep it together. Do you think you could put velcro on the vinyl? How difficult would that be? Maybe if I sent you some photos, you could improve it and give us another tutorial…whaddya think?

  46. 46

    I can’t believe you made that! And then you make it look so easy! Awesome!!

  47. 47
    Lisa says:

    Oh my, I would love to have this, but for me as a non-sewer it’ll be so very hard to make. I’ll pay you if you make me one ;)
    No wait, this page is called make it and love it so I will do this myself. Maybe not as my very first sewing project, but it’s on my to-do-list :)

    Thank you very much for sharing this!

  48. 48
    Mo says:

    You amaze me every every day! I absolutely am blessed to have found you. I love your work. Thank you for being so incredible~~~

  49. 49
    Sandy Yarbrough says:

    I have something like this that I bought more years ago than I can to remember. Mine had hooks to put it over the back of the door. I’ve wanted another one ever since. Now as soon as my broke ankle heals I’ll be making me one.

    Got a question……how do you keep the hanger from slipping back inside of the bag? Did you tack it any way? Was just wondering.

    Please keep up the good work!! I love reading your blog!!!

    Thanks again!!!!! Hugs!!!

  50. 50
    Jen says:

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT!!!! I have been in major dilemma over jewelry organization and I think this is the fix!!! Thanks for sharing….and like you said, my mind is now contemplating all the other uses!!! Thanks! :)

  51. 51
    Donya says:

    Love this! So, sew smart! Now I gotta think of a place where I “need” one of these for myself, so I have a good excuse to make one!

  52. 52
    Suma says:

    You are just the best. This one is fantastic. Love all your tutorials. Thank you so much.

  53. 53
    Hayley says:

    i admire your cleverness..

  54. 54
    Letícia says:

    Oh!!!
    I love this idea!!!
    So nice!!!!
    Kisses!

  55. 55
    Heather says:

    Ashley! I just found your blog, and when I saw your picture I couldn’t help but smile. I don’t know if you remember me or not, but this is Heather Hall. We were in the same Rexburg 11th ward. I was actually thinking about you guys a while ago wondering where you ended up! Now I know. . . you have a beautiful family! We also have 3 kids now–only we have 3 little girls. So I may be trying some of the darling things you have on your website. I am glad you are doing well and being so creative. You have a great blog!

  56. 56
    Anonymous says:

    What a great idea! Everytime I look at your site I add another thing to my list that I want to make, thanks for all the useful project ideas.

  57. 57

    I love this! Especially that color combo. I don’t have enough jewelry/notions to justify making one for myself, but I live vicariously through your creativity. :)

  58. 58
    Lori says:

    Thank you so much for posting this GREAT tutorial! I’ve been wanting to tackle this, but thought I’d have to go at it alone. The design of this one is great and I’m not joking when I say I’m going to start it this weekend.
    awesome.

  59. 59
    Ayako Jordan says:

    This is AWESOME! I think I will make a bill organizer for the kitchen wall. Thank you for sharing this amazing idea!

  60. 60
    Jessica says:

    I love this! I am a total sewing novice, but I think with your step by step instructions, I could do this. I’ve been looking for a good way to store my jewelry. Love this idea!

  61. 61
    Tracy G says:

    VERY cool website!!! Thank you for posting these awesome tutorials… I’m hooked.

  62. 62
    Bridget says:

    Really love this. I don’t sew or have answering machine. Any interest in selling me one of these? I looked on etsy after reading this and there is nothing nearly as cute as this. Please email me if you’d be willing to sell one or two.

  63. 63
    Jessie says:

    Did I mention how much I love this Idea? I have been looking at these in stores, thinking this might be a good thing if it were not so ugly. I am posting this in my ZoBe N Me blogspot. Come by and check it out!!! I also should get a button from you to add to my wall as I love your work! Jessie

  64. 64
    JANE WEE says:

    Hi Ashley
    Love your craft works. You are a genius, so clever!
    Thank you for your easy to follow instruction.
    Great fan fr SINGAPORE

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    Sarah says:

    My husband is one of those “everything in plain view/never put thing away” types. I think this might be a solution for his socks – hang them in the closet with his suits. He can just stuff them in the pockets and not fold them, either. Maybe ties rolled up and stuck in pockets on the flipside. Oh, this ciykd be good!!

  66. 66
    Dianne says:

    Thanks so much! It is wonderful!

  67. 67
    Stacey Bible says:

    This is just fantastic. I’ve been wanting something for my 11yr old to hold her jewelry and this is perfect.

  68. 68
    Wheatflour says:

    It’s a blessing. This site could’t have been read at a more perfect time. I was wondering what type of plastic I needed to buy for sewing ? You answered my questions. I have a presser foot that is used for sewing vinyl and something else. Thanks for such a detail explanation for making a jewelry organizer and other projects.

  69. 69
    Andrea says:

    I made one of these yesterday, and it looks awesome! Thanks so much for the “how to”. I’m getting ready to start sewing the second one, but the problem I ran into with the first was that in sewing the vinyl pockets to the fabric, the fabric puckered and doesn’t lay flat. Do you have any suggestions on keeping it flat so the vinyl doesn’t move and the fabric doesn’t pucker and pull? Thanks!

    • 69.1
      Ashley says:

      Hmmmm……maybe the vinyl is kinda getting stuck under the presser foot while the feed dogs beneath are trying to advance the fabric……creating the bunching??? Did you see my post here (http://www.makeit-loveit.com/2011/08/hanging-jewelry-holder-space-saver.html) about putting tape on the presser foot to help it glide over the vinyl?? That should help. Another thing is that you may have to pull the fabric and vinyl back as you’re sewing, to help both layers go evenly under the needle. Before I knew the tape trick, I had to sometimes pull the fabric on both sides of the needle as I was going. I haven’t tried all those layers with the vinyl yet but I think it will help. But if it still puckers a bit, use your hands to pull it along. Good luck with the second half. And have fun!

      Ashley

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    I was totally thinking about this before I went to bed the other night and thought: THIS WOULD BE GREAT TO MAKE TO HOLD ALL THE LITTLE GIRLY TIGHTS! (so you can see them easily). Wowza, what a revelation.

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    Thank you! This is just what I needed!

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    Rita M says:

    My tip for sewing through vinyl is to place tissue paper, the type that can be seen through and used inside gift boxes, between the presser foot and vinyl. When finished sewing each area, the tissue can be torn free. Some types of tissue have a shiny slick side with the other side being dull. If memory serves me, I place the shiny slick side upwards touching the presser foot and the dull side is next to the vinyl. I know this method will help you as well as it did me.

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    Marie says:

    I am making one of these tomorrow and am so excited! I have not been able to get it out of mind for the last month, and finally decided to just do it. I can’t wait. I have a huge long list of sewing projects to do, but my sewing room is a scattered mess, so I moved this project to the top of this, maybe having it all organized will make the rest of them easier to tackle. Thank you for this tutorial!

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    Lura says:

    I made this one yesterday, but only one-sided because it was so much work. But so worth it! Thank you so much for the tutorial! now my accessories have a new home :)

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    Breanne says:

    Hello! I made one of these for my littlest sister for her birthday a couple of weeks ago. Tonight I just finished one for myself. The only problem I had was that…oops… I didn’t see that the 8 pocket vinyl strips were suppose to be so much longer so when I finished cutting my other strips I only had a 26×27″ square left so I had to head back to JoAnn. Both Jewelry holders turned out great. The second one DEFINITELY went faster. Thank you for solving my over-flowing jewelry box problem. I love your blog.

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    Amy says:

    Just wanted to let you know that I’m linking to this and your fabric storage boxes over at naptimecrafters.blogspot.com

    It’s House of Order Week for our American Crafter competition and I’m featuring a few of my favorite organizing projects today:)

    Thanks for the great tutorials!

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    Kathie says:

    Is there a PRINT link for this so I don’t have to print all the ads, etc? This would be great making all small pockets for just my earrings. Thanks.

    • 77.1
      Jeanne K. says:

      Kathie…
      Did you find a link to print this without all the ads??? I would really appreciate that also. I love the ideas and would like to make a couple for my daughters.
      Thank you.

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    Usha says:

    Awesome!!! Thanks for sharing this wonderful idea.

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    Kristina Noall says:

    I made this, it took two weeks, I added a zipper, and after all that work I NEED to show it off as much as possible! :D If you have a sec, check it out on my blog: http://jasonandkristina.blogspot.com/2011/11/hanging-organizer.html. Thanks for all you do!

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    janessa says:

    such a cute idea instead of buying 1 4 30 or 40 $

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    Beth says:

    I really love this!! I made one for my cousin for Christmas. I had never worked with either vinyl or bias tape, but your instructions helped a lot! It took me quite awhile (I’m a teenager with little sewing experience), but it was well worth it!

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    baglady says:

    I am an Industrial Sewer at Vera Bradley and have had experiences sewing vinyl and fabric. I am surprised to learn that scotch tape was the simple fix! I learned to deal with it, and eventually got the hang of it and sped right along, but I could have avoided much stress if I had known about the tape. I sew straps now, but if I ever return to the Cosmetic Bag lines, I will certainly have scotch tape in my sewing kit!! I remember my Mom made “shoe bags” when I was young, and your project brought back memories. I love your design and all of the possibilities it offers. I have shopped for something like this, but was never satisfied with the fabric used and the pocket sizes. You have given me a jump-start on customizing your design to fit my needs. THANK YOU!!! Hope to see more project ideas from you!!

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    Lois Graham says:

    Great idea. A friend told me about this clever storage unit she purchased from a local store ($6.00) After seeing the instructions I would like to present this to my Women’s Group at church as a fund raiser. GREAT IDEA!!!

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    Kris says:

    Just found your blog and love it! What part of Colorado, and what year of PA school is your husband in? I just moved to Nevada, and have been practicing as a PA for 11 years.

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    Veronika Martensson says:

    I just love this and all the fantastic ideas you have here! I have been browsing your site for a few days now and as you see, even New year`s celebrations could not tear me from it. Well done, you are soooo talented!!!

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    AngelicaSews says:

    Just a hint for doing the layout/cutting of the vinyl: get a large sheet of paper (long and wide enough for all the pieces you need to cut out), and draw your cutting lines onto it. Put your vinyl on top and hold in place with either paper clips or binder clips (whatever you have handy). Then, using a tracing wheel, carefully go over all of the lines you drew. This will make little perforations in the vinyl that you can now cut with your scissors. Of course, if you are lucky enough to have a rotary cutter, you can use that instead of the tracing wheel.

    This makes it so much easier to get your pieces cut perfectly square and avoids pen marks on your vinyl. It also lets you play with the nesting of your pieces to get the most efficient use of vinyl possible.

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    Kristina says:

    Do you sell on etsy? How much would you charge for one of these? I don’t have a sewing machine, the time or the skill to make this but I REALLY would love one or more for various things.

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    Great tutorial! You’ve been featured on the Quality Sewing Tutorials blog.

    We hand select only the best free tutorials and patterns for home sewers.

    Grab a brag button!

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    Heather says:

    I just purchased materials today to make this! Thanks for the how-to. Mine will be narrower and longer – I have a folding closet door and want to hang it on the back, so I’ll be making it as wide as one of the panels (so the door can still open properly)… I barely have enough room on the closet rods for my clothes haha

    • 89.1
      Heather says:

      Oh I’ll be using a child’s hanger in the top instead of a regular sized hanger (fits the space perfectly)

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    Kay says:

    I’m sorry to say that I do not know how to download these many instructions that are so helpful on the web. Would you please explain the process to me. Many thanks.

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    veronique says:

    my english is not very got
    y say just if you have very very good idea its beutiful
    tahnk you for the idea
    veronique from france

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    alina says:

    i thought this was cool when i saw it, but i didnt think i woukd need it….. but then u said i could fill it with sewing notions. and i was like BOOKMARK!!!!!! i used hot pink and white zenra and made my own bias tape using the scraps i got. it is so pretty. by the way i love your website, and that says alot bevause im only 13!!!!! please make more sewing tutorials!!!!

    • 92.1
      Wanda McGhee says:

      Honey, If you are only thirteen and sewing , that is great. Most girls yor age does’nt have that interest. Keep up the good work. Proud of you. Miss Wanda in NC

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    Marie says:

    Great Idea! So nice that it crossed the ocean all the way to South Africa where I live. I will be trying and thank you for the very clear explanation, very helpful! Will keep your website in my new favorites!

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    Mari says:

    super idea, I have my stuff everywhere and forget what I have…. Making one over the summer. Thanks.

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    Phuongsea says:

    It is very useful!!!

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    Arlette Toponce says:

    Love this idea. I made one for jewelry and another for sewing room stuff – then got another good idea!

    I made one where I adjusted the height, width, placement of the vinyl pockets to so they would fit “food spice packets” you purchase at the grocery store (spagehtti spices, taco spices, brown gravy mixes). I hung it on the inside of my pantry door (or you could hang it on the wall or from a shelf inside a walk-in pantry). I stuff the pockets with all my spice packets. Works great – I can always find them and easily see what I’m out of before going shopping.

    Love your blog and all your projects.

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    Alina Kvit says:

    Шикарная идея и не менее шикарное её воплощение! Успехов!

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    Angela says:

    This is great!! You did a great job explaining this. Looks amazing. Making mines tommorrow.

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    nurten says:

    Türkiye’den selamlar ve sevgiler gönderiyorum. Çok güzel, çok akıllıca, çok net, çok temiz bir çalışma olmuş. Ellerinize sağlık. Çok beğendim.

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    I have had this in my to do list forever, well since you posted it last August! This the weekend I am finally getting the gear out to make one. Thank you for all your gorgeous tutorials : ).

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    ago says:

    Hi, I made it last year as a Christmas present for my sister-in-law. Before wrapping it, I was considering for half an hour keeping it and buying something else for her… Finally I gave it to her and she was over the moon. My own one has not been made yet… Thank you for the idea, I like it very much.

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    Lanetta says:

    Perfect tutorial! Thanks for sharing! I’ve wanted to make something like this to hold/organize my dolly’s shoes and small accessories! Again, thank you!

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    Muhammad Salman says:

    v.nice and amazing.
    I will certainly try it

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    Sandra says:

    Ha….I thought I was the only one who stores their jewelry in baggies.
    What a Great Idea!
    I can’t wait to make my first template and then start making some for gifts.
    Thank you for sharing and explaining your design.

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    Terri K. says:

    Any ideas on how to make this a little heavier duty. I would like to store some of my puches that I use for scrapbooking/cardmaking in this. I would like to hang in in a closet on a clothes rod. Punches can be heavy and I am foreseeing a potential problem with sagging.

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    American Girl Doll mom says:

    I used the pattern to make a hanging shoe rack for American Girl Doll shoes. I pit grommits in the top and just did a flat edge, no need for the hanger. It looks wonderful! Thanks for the pattern!

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    Betty Grove says:

    You are an amazing talent! Thank you so very much for sharing this project, I have a total mess of jewelry that I rummage through each day to find what I want to wear and this is going to make things so much easier. I’m going to put it at the top of my 2013 list.

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    Nikell says:

    This is fabulous! I need to make one for my jewelry and one for my sewing thread. Thanks for sharing (^_^)

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    AngelicaSews says:

    I made one of these for my dad to use in his metal working/wood shop/garage area (he likes to make and fix lots of things) out of some heavy duty cotton drill, and added a long zipper to one side in the center, so he could hang long things inside. He loves it! It was a bit tricky to sew (zipper+ 2 layers heavy fabric + 2 layers vinyl + 2 layers bias tape at the center) but it works really well. The zipper in the center could be the solution people are looking for in regards to hanging necklaces.

    To make a zippered center:
    1. Adjust for the fact there needs to be an even number of pouches on each side. This involves changing pleating to adjust, plus allowing for seam allowance on center front.
    2. When cutting fabric for zippered side add a seam allowance equal to or greater than the width of the zipper tape to center front. This is easy to do. Simply fold the non-zippered side in half, trace around it, and add the seam allowance where the fold was traced.
    3. Contruct vinyl pockets as usual.
    4. Install zipper; an exposed zipper works best here, to avoid getting vinyl stuck in the zipper teeth when it is in use. Carefully fold seam allowance under. Align top of zipper tape with top of left half (to make it easier to bind later) with teeth just outside folded over edge. Pin, if desired (I didn’t). Using a zipper foot sew carefully down at edge of folded front. Repeat for right side, making sure to line up pockets.
    5. Stitch now-completed zippered side to non-zippered side as before. Start at the bottom to one side of the zipper, finishing at other side of zipper.
    6. Bind the edges. This part can be tricky. With bottom edge facing right start binding several inches above zipper. When you reach the zipper, backstich and cut threads. Keeping binding wrapped around bottom edge, start again on other side of zipper. Continue binding as instructed in original tutorial. Hand-tack binding at bottom edge to secure.

    Hope this helps someone!

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    Michelle says:

    Whew. Finished it today and it kicked my butt. It was quite tedious, and I’ve decided I hate vinyl! Useful, though. I’ll be using it for my makeup and hanging it on my wall.

    Thanks for the tutorial! :D

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    Aparecida Silva says:

    Muito lindo e pr[atico. Obrigada por compartilhar conosco. Bj

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    needtoknow says:

    good for thhose bottles ofr fingernail polish when your teens have to have one of every color—eye shadows– makeup—make longer deeper pockets for remote controls

    • 112.1

      Thank you for the Jewelry Tutorial, I love it. I have many granddaughters and Great Granddaughters and I am going to make this for them for this Christmas. I made a lot of items for last Xmas and they loved their Aprons, and Tote Baga very much. I made the boys pillow cases in their choice of color and all the kids got Bed Organizers which they also loved. My youngest got a Tool Blet and I found many of these items on other Tutorials. I loved all the items I made and they were easy to follow in the tutorials and I thank everyone for sharing such great ideas. I am 73 and have been sewing many different items since age 13. For myself and my kids, and grandkids. Plus the neighbors kids. I also made Doll Beds which is a doll with a very big skirt on the dress that covered the bedspread and looked very pretty. I cannot find these large dolls anywhere now. I love these tutorials as they give me a lot of items to choose from to make my Christmas gifts, so thank you once again everyone.

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    Rita says:

    I just finished sewing this. I have not sewn in many years and I purchased a new machine just to make this. So happy I did. It was fun to make and really will help so much with my unorganized jewelry. I think I want to make one for everyone I know. I may change the vinyl for something else, though it was fun to learn how to sew with vinyl. Wonderful tutorial. You really did a fine job of describing the steps. Very detailed and you take great photos, too. I am so happy I found this and that you are such a great teacher.

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    webpage says:

    What’s up to every one, the contents present at this website are in fact remarkable for people experience, well, keep up the nice work fellows.

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    Beth Y says:

    I love this but had another idea. For mine, on the back side instead of pockets, I sewed 4″ x 1″ strips with Velcro on each end to hang necklaces. I can hang 40 necklaces without fear of them tangling in pockets.

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    RanaMama says:

    Excellent idea, excellent tutorial!
    I think I’ll make one for my jewellery and one for my sewing accessories! Thank you! :)

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    Tess says:

    Here I thought I was smart just making the cover long enough to cover the hanger and putting a zipper in the bottom so small items–jewelry, scarves, *spare cash* –could be zipped inside.(Works best with thicker quilted or Polartec-type fabrics. Helps keep clothes on the hangers, too!!)

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    sedigheh says:

    Hi Ashley I am from Iran sedigheh Very nice site, I really appreciate it n.’s My email http://www.sedighehdehban @ yahoo.com

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