Hanging hair tie/ clip holder from jeans - a tutorial

I wanted to make something fun for my girls to store their many many hairclips and ties in, rather than the boxes they were stuffed in!
Now isn't this....

Much better than this....?

I used a pair of jeans that no longer fits either daughter to make two of these special hangers for them.

Here's how to do it:

First collect your materials:
A pair of jeans - or other trousers
scraps of fabric for the pockets and ruffle
stiffening to hold the shape of the hanger
dowel rods and ribbon to hang

Then cut the front and back sections of the jeans apart:

Stitch the legs together to make 2 rectangles, these are the basic hanger shapes:

The next step is to choose your scraps of fabric for the pockets and cut several squares.  I didn't measure any - just cut rough squares and placed them on the jeans until I'd filled the spaces. My pockets were approx. 8cm square, and I cut 16 in total:

Next, I decided to make use of my new overlocker (or serger as some of you may call it) to finish off the edges of all the pockets. Nice and simple - and since it's trendy to have ripped jeans - I didn't worry about making it all look too tidy!!

Then pin them in place on the jeans:

Now just stitch around 3 edges of each pocket (leaving the top open of course) and add an extra triangle of stitching on the top corners of each pocket for extra strength:

Next comes the ruffled edge.  For this I used a nice shiny pink remnant I bought the other day and just cut 2 strips about 4cm wide from each (it's about 150cm in length - but again, nothing is exact - it's as much decoration and personal taste as anything!)

Once again I decided to play with my overlocker.  I finsihed off one edge by 'ruffling' it! and the other edge I did a rolled hem to make it look pretty.

Now it's almost ready to put together!
Cut a rectangle of stiffening the same size as the jeans - for the backing:

Then place the jeans on the stiffening, and pin the ruffle evenly around the edge, making sure to pin through the stiffening too.

Then stitch it all together!
(rear view!)

Now all you need is a way to hang it!
For some reason I had 2 pieces of dowel rod about the right size with holes ready drilled in either end!  Push the dowel rod through the belt loops at the top of the jeans hanger.

Thread ribbon or cord through the holes in the ends of the dowel rods:

Then cut and tie to desired length:

All done!!

Now all that's left to do is fill those pockets - attach pretty hairclips to the ruffles and hang up!

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  1. Very clever Jill. I'm a little jealous of your serger! ;)

  2. What a great reuse of jeans! I never would have thought to do this. And they turned out so cute. Thanks for sharing. And thank you for the kind comments on my blog today!

  3. Excellent tutorial Jill, think even I could managed to make something similar for my boys room (if I could just figure out how to thread my machine in under an hour that is!).

  4. Dang you're clever - ♥ it!

  5. It is so cute.... and so imaginative. Ah... now I just have to find a pair of old jeans.

  6. I'm on the look-out for jeans projects for an upcoming jeans-upcycling post this Fall. I think I will feature you.

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  7. What a great idea! Following from MFM. Hope to see you around.


  8. This is so great! I love using old jeans for crafts. Bravo and thanks for letting me know about your party. I am so there.

  9. This is not only a really cute way to organize your hair clips, but for a young girl you can also recycle a pair of outgrown jeans too. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Its looking marvelous.so nice recycling

  11. Hi! Thanks so much for the add! I have my first member! YaY!

    I love the jean hair clip holder, that is such an awesome idea!

  12. Super cute idea! I have been storing my daughter's hair things in a baby wipes container for 5 years now :) Actually, she has a jean skirt I could use to save a step. Thanks for the clever idea!

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  13. So very creative, Jill. I was visiting Michelle's who has been featured on your blog and I thought I must pop over.

    Great stuff on your site. How I wish I had never given my sewing machine away... sob! Sob!

    xxx Monica

  14. Such a great idea. I would love to feature this on my blog, Reduce, Reuse, Upcycle. Feel free to drop by and grab a featured button.


  15. What a clever idea. Great way to recycle those old pair of jeans. Very nice tutorial. Thank you for sharing.

  16. Clever idea to use the belt loops to hang the hair tie holder, Jill. I bet the girls have made great use of these.. so much more accessible than the old containers.

    1. Thanks Pam - yes they have been very well used !


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