Needing a way to keep all your gadgets where you can find them? How about all of your fabulous crafting stuff, wouldn’t it be great to have an Over The Door Organizer? Keep all your stuff in one place while not taking up much room in your home!
DIY Fabric Over The Door Organizer
Feeling crafty, love DIY projects? Then why not make a hanging Over The Door Organizer that you can fix to the wall or a door? Then you can use it to keep all your little bits of bobs right where you need them! So not only do you get the joy of creating something but you can be a lot more organized too.
First, you will need two types of fabric. One for that back piece, or base, and another contrasting fabric for the pockets. Don’t shy away from using patterns and colors. Anything that looks good will do and will be sure to add some pizzazz to your Over The Door Organizer. Or you can go for plainer fabric and decorate with embroidery or applique, once you have finished constructing the organizer.
Cutting The Base
For the base, you will need two large pieces of fabric in the length and width of your choice. Most people measure the back of the door or the space that they will be placing their hanging organizer. Use chalk and a tape measure to mark out the area that you will need. Anything above 100cm, high and 60cm, wide is acceptable.
Sewing the base
Place the two pieces of fabric pattern side down and back to back. Then using a sewing machine sew up three of the sides, so only one is left open. If you are new to sewing you can check out this how to use a sewing machine guide first. There are many times you have to go back to this
Next you will turn the fabric the right way out and iron the pieces. Then you want to make your final seam. Sew along the open side once. Then roll up this side leave a space and sew it again. This is for the doweling rod which will keep your over the door organizer straight when hanging. Do this at both ends.
Cutting the pockets
The next stage is to create the pockets for your awesome over the door organizer. Decide how many pockets you want, then divide the base width by this to find out the size of each one. You should leave some space in between each pocket too, so they aren’t flat to the base because you won’t be able to fit much in that way.
Make sure they are the correct height for anything you want to store. For example, if you are using them for shoes, they will need them to have a larger height that if you are just using them to store little bits and pieces.
Make sure that they will fit in rows on your base. Once you know the correct heights you will need to double that figure and cut that fabric at that length. This will make sure that the pockets are strong enough, and that the inside of the pockets is still decorative.
Sewing the pockets
Fold the pocket material over in the middle and iron, so it’s flat. This will give you the top seam. Then sew seams around the sides and bottom edge. Once this is done, you can fix it to your base.
This is the tricky part. Sews the ends onto each side first. Then measure the gaps you want for pockets and sew through your pocket material and you base material to form them. This also fixes the pockets to the base at every seam.
Repeat these stages for the other row until you have the right number of pockets, and that is it! You now have yourself an amazingly simple DIY Fabric Over The Door Organizer. Now let me know what you’re going to do with it.