Hanging Wall Organizer DIY
Aside from the super functional design (and general style), my favorite thing about this canvas wall organizer is that you can make it for less than $20!
- 6x9 canvas drop cloth
- gold grommet kit
- one 1/2 inch dowel rod cut down to a length of 22 inches
- sewing machine
- measuring tape
- pencil or tailors chalk
Measure and cut the following pieces:
Fold the tops of the pocket pieces 1/2" in and press with a iron (B, C, D). Sew 1/4" from the top the whole way across. Repeat with every pocket
Take your E piece and fold 1/2" in on both sides and press. Sew 1/4" from the edges on both sides the whole way across.
Take A and B and pin along the bottom edges. Sew 1/2" from the edge. Fold upward and press with your iron and pin the sides.
Measure 14" from the top of the bottom pocket and mark with tailors chalk in 3 spaces (one in the middle, and one on each side). Take your D piece and measure 1/2" in from the bottom edge and mark with tailors chalk in the same 3 spaces.
Once pinned, use your tailors chalk to mark 1/2" from the edge of the D pocket across the entire piece then sew along the line.
Flip the pocket upward, press with your iron, and pin the sides.
Measure 2" from the top of the D pocket and repeat step 6-8 with the C piece.
Measure 3" from the bottom of your D pocket (center pocket) and mark with tailors chalk on both sides of the A piece. Line up the top and edge of the E piece with the tailors chalk mark and pin your E piece right on the edge to the A piece. Measure 2" in from the edge and pin the E piece at the 2" mark.
Time to make the loops for your tools!* For a larger loop to store hammers, mallets, and large brushes, measure 2.5" from the 2" pin and 3" from the bottom of the D pocket and mark the A piece with tailor's chalk at that spot.
Then, measure your E piece 3.5" from the 2" pin and mark with tailor's chalk at the top of the piece. Match the mark on the E piece to the mark on the A piece and pin. Measure 1" from the pin, and add another pin (this is just to give your tools some breathing room. No need to make this a loop).
*Feel free to customize your loop sizes to the tools you're storing.
Now, make a smaller loop for scissors, screwdrivers, or wrenches. Measure 2" from the last pin and 3" from the bottom of the D pocket and mark the A piece with tailors chalk at that spot. Then, measure your E piece 2.5" from the last pin and mark with tailor's chalk at the top of the piece. Match the marks on the E and A pieces and pin. Measure 1" from the pin, and pin again.
Repeat steps 11 and 12 alternating between the 2 sizes. You should have 4 large loops (step 11) and 3 smaller loops (step 12) at the end of it totaling 7 loops.
Once everything is pinned, sew vertical seams at every pin except for the two at either edge. Those will be folded in and sewn at the end.
We sewed the top stitch first since the dowel rod make things a bit harder to maneuver. Fold the unfinished short edge of the A piece 1" and press and pin. Then, sew a seam 1/2" from the edge. Easy enough!
Now its time to make the dowel rod bar at the top of your organizer. Take your F piece and fold 1" on the top and 1/2" on the bottom. Press and pin.
Before sewing, make sure your dowel rod can fit in the hole AND make sure the length of the dowel rod isn't too long to hem the sides as you'll be folding it over and hemming in the next step. I left about 2" worth of fabric on either end just in case, making the dowel come to be about 22" in length, but test and make sure that length is good for you before proceeding.
Once you have a good length, you can create a ridge in the dowel with a pair of scissors by spinning the dowel while you have your scissors in the cutting position where you need to shorten your dowel to. Once you do that, it should be easier to snap the dowel. You can trim off any access splinters with scissors too.
Once the length of the dowel is good, sew your F piece along the 1/2" side with a seam 3/8" from the edge. Slip your dowel in and set aside.
Measure 3" from the top and mark on the left and right unfinished edges with tailors chalk. Take your finished F piece with the dowel inside and, with the dowel pointing upward, pin at the chalked marks.
Fold each edge of your A piece in 1", pin, and sew everything together. Note that this is a LOT of fabric going through your machine so just take things slowly to ensure you get a straight stitch.
Time to sew your pockets! I sewed the bottom pocket (B) in 3 sections by measuring and marking 2 spots with tailors chalk at 8", 16". Mark and sew along those lines.
I split pocket D into 4 pockets by measuring and marking at 6", 12", and 18". Mark and sew along those lines.
The last pocket (C) was sewn in half so measure and mark the center of the pocket (12") and sew along the line.
Now that everything is sewn, you can add your grommets on top. I suggest you use 3 to support all the weight. Measure the length of your organizer and mark the center with tailors chalk. Then, measure 2" from the top and mark in the same center spot (this will be the bottom of the grommet).
Then, measure 2" in from either side and 2" down from the top. Mark all measurements with tailors chalk. These marks will be the bottom and inward side of the grommets. Place the grommets at the marks and mark an x in the center of the grommet. Cut the x to create holes for the grommets.
Follow the grommet package instructions to add your grommets.
Find a good spot for your organizer, hang it, and fill it with all your goodies! We used s-hooks to hang scissors and tape on the dowel rod, but you can add some clamps to hang paper or use it for keys too. The possibilities of this organizer are endless!