{Step by Step Sewing} DIY Hanging Organiser

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What better way to start afresh than to get organised?
This easy sew Hanging Organiser will have a place for everything and everything in its place in no time at all.

Keep reading to find out what you'll need, what fabrics suit this project best and how to measure up so you can ensure your Hanging Organiser fits exactly in your preferred place.

To start, you'll need to pick out some fabric.
Heavy cotton linen works well as it's strong, durable and can keep it's shape. If you look closely at this picture, you'll see that this heavy cotton linen has noticeable weaved threads and your shop assistant should be able to offer some help in finding it.

Next, measure the area you're wanting to hang your organiser. I opted for the back of my office door.
Cut a single piece of fabric to size, allowing for seams and iron.
Along the long edges (the sides of your final product) fold and iron a seam allowance. The width of your sewing machine footer is enough as it's just to create a tidy edge.
Along the top and bottom edges, create a generous seam. You're going to need to make this large enough to place through a doweling rod or heavy wooden piece that allows the organiser to hang and creates a weight at the bottom to keep the organiser taught. Have a think about what you might end up using and make allowances for this. 

Next, sew along these ironed edges, sewing the sides first, before the top and bottom (because obviously we're wanting to leave a space for the doweling to be added later)
Using some scrap paper, play around with how many pockets you're wanting to create. How big you want them and how they're going to fit on your backing piece.
Be sure to arrange both up and down and across before pinning them down to be sure you won't run of out room.
Make a careful note of your 2D pocket measurements.

Draw this shape in the centre of a larger piece of paper.
To create the entire pocket template, add to this original shape another 1/2 of it's size onto each side.

To this shape, add a 1cm seam allowance onto each side.

And finally, a 1cm seam allowance on both the top and bottom of this shape.

Cut to size and cut your fabric pieces.
Take your first fabric piece and along the top, long edge measure your 1cm seam allowance. Also be careful that if your fabric has a print that must sit in a certain direction like mine here, you're making sure that your fabric is the right way around!

Iron this into place...

And sew...

Iron 1cm around the remaining three edges but do not sew.

Next, iron the side edges into the centre
and then, fold these back in half and iron again

This is what you'll be looking at now which is starting to look like a pocket.

Remove one of your template pieces and pin your first fabric piece down. I found it easiest to start with the centre pieces as it seemed to keep everything centred and in place.

Pin through all layers in the centre and bottom.
And pin the side flap just onto the backing.

Sew along the side edges, holding the top piece out of the way.

And lastly, sew along the bottom edge through all layers. 

And you've created your first, extendable pocket!

Continue with the other pockets in the same way.

Slide through your doweling or rail and use this to hang your organiser on hooks and to weigh the bottom of the organiser down and you're complete!

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