Being pretty crafty, I decided to create my own organizer, using the photo as inspiration.
Now, I've been recycling denim jeans for years. Here are two examples:
Using an old pair of jeans, I turned a regular sweatshirt into a zippered-placket sweatshirt. Pockets make cool elbow patches!
So, I dug through my denim stash, and found a few things to work with. Next, I had to search every closet in the house to find a solid wood hanger. I measured the hanger width and determined the size of the base to be 16" by 20". I drew a quick sketch of how I thought I could place the pockets.
The base of the organizer was cut from an old denim shirt.
|I couldn't use the front of the shirt, but the back was large enough for the organizer base.|
|I had to put a seam between the two back pocket to make them even. |
The finished size of this pocket was 14" wide by 8" deep.
|I chose the right front pocket of my son's jeans, because it had the little coin pocket -- giving me three pockets in just one piece! The finished size of this pocket was approximately 6 " square.|
In the original photo, it looks like the base was quilted a little bit, which was a good idea in my case because the shirt fabric was very soft. I stabilized it with fusible interfacing, then layered it with batting and backing fabric that was a somewhat stiff piece of upholstery material. Off to my Bernina to do some quilting!
One more reason to love my Bernina...the walking foot comes with a guide attachment, which made quilting the piece very fast. I drew one line on the diagonal from top to bottom, and stitched it first. Then, I let the guide ride along that row of stitching, making another line of stitching 1 1/2" to the left. Repeat several times, and very quickly, the back is quilted without having to draw all of the stitching lines!
Next, I stitched the pockets into place.
|A coordinating 'secret' pocket on the back of the organizer!|
So, here's the finished product: it has 9 pockets and a loop on the front, and a 'secret' pocket on the back. I filled it with desk supplies, but you could use it for sewing or crafting supplies, or cards, envelopes, stamps and an address book, or make up and beauty supplies, or fill the pockets with small toys, crayons and a coloring book to keep young visitors busy.
If you decide to make one of these yourself, the most important measurement is the width of your hanger.
You can make the base as long as you want and add as many pockets as you can recycle.