Thursday, May 21, 2015

Upcycled Jeans Pocket Organiser

I made this hanging organiser from jeans pockets and waistbands last week. I was inspired by similar organisers I'd seen on pinterest, but one was just a picture and the other was stuck together with hot glue.
I wanted to sew this one and I'm really pleased with how it turned out!

I simply patched together a selection of cut out pockets I had in my stash.

Then I pinned and carefully stitched a couple of cut waistbands around the 4 edges. 

This was the hardest part as the waistband is so thick to stitch through, particularly the corners, where I had to join 2 waistband parts together. On one of the corners I managed to join two waistband pieces using the buttons and buttonholes already there! Perfect.

Finally, I needed to add something to the back of the organiser, to help it hold its shape. 

I chose to use my scraps of buckram (a kind of really thick interfacing).  I stitched these together in strips until I had enough to cover the back. I then stitched this backing to the edge of the waistband, skipping the thick parts and belt loops. I chose just to leave the backing like this as it will just be hanging against the wall and nobody will see that side, so no need to make it look pretty!

To hang it up I simply pushed a small piece of dowel rod through the belt loops at the top and tied a piece of cording to this.

It's a neat organiser to have. Pockets of various sizes for notebooks, pens, rulers and notes. Plus the belt loops are handy for pens too!

It's also a great way to use up those jeans waistbands - and of course the pockets.

For lots more ways to upcycle jeans or other clothes - you can visit my ongoing linky which now has over 600 clothes upcycling ideas.

Please do also check out my clothes upcycling challenge for this year, where I'm upcycling a pile of clothes from last year's school carnival to sell at this year's carnival.  Go here to see what I've made so far.

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  1. Jill, this is a cool one! Love the mix and match element, and it could not be more practical. Yay, all kinds of bits and pieces used up!

    1. Thanks Mich. I'm really pleased with it and it's great to find another way to use up some more jeans waistbands!

  2. Its really cool that you have innovate things. after all nothing is wastage. i also recycle. i have some recycling bottles projects to make nice creative show piece.

    best wishes from.
    Rafsan Crafts

  3. A spot for everything, Jill. An awesome upcycle!!!

  4. Jill this is so cool I have to try this. Thanks as always for the inspiration.


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