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Hanging / Portable Organizer

by Sarah

Ever had something bad turn into something awesome? Just happened! I’ve been trying to make a new and improved drumstick bag for a friend, but it didn’t turn out as planned. Not even close. Epic fail. I was half way finished and realized…spandex fabric is never going to hold up against this man’s drumming. For example, he has two canvas drum bags…both totally falling apart. Could be cheap manufacturing, or it could be that he turns into a total drumming maniac when he starts a beat. Either way, spandex wasn’t cutting it. But I can’t stand to see a project go to waste, especially when it has some potential. But what? ::cue light bulb:: Hair. I have a decent collection of hair styling tools that need to be better organized. I hate searching under my sink every time I go to do my hair. Frankly, it makes a huge mess. Nothing ever stays neat. And, I’d like to be able to easy fold it up for traveling. Let me introduce, the hair-accessory hanging extraordinaire! (The name’s a work in progress).

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Before we go any further, just a heads up; sewing spandex/elastane is kind of a pain if you aren’t use to it. In fact, for me to make this project I had to do a little research. I was about to give up entirely until I found some helpful hints online. Check out our post “Tips for Sewing Lycra / Spandex / Elastane” for helpful suggestions.



1/2 yard Lycra

1/2 yard backing (cotton is fine)

1/2 yard vinyl

1/4 yard grey cotton (or any color you like for the pockets)

1/4 yard of print for contrast (optional)

Ballpoint Needle

90/14 universal needle

Binding Tape


Matching Thread

marking tool


scissors or rotary cutter and mat

walking foot

Step 1

First, let’s get all of our pieces cut. Here is what you’ll need:

Cut two 21 in. x 26in. – One of backing fabric and one of vinyl fabric.

Cut two 21 x 10in. of lycra material

Cut four 5in. x 8in. of pocket material

Cut one 6in. x 12in of pocket material

Cut four 2in x 4in. for pocket flaps

cut two 2 1/2in. x 5in for pocket flap

Step 2

Fold pockets wrong sides together hamburger style and serge the ends using a rolled edge. If you don’t have a serger, a narrow zigzag stitch and some fray check will do fine. Place flap top and flap lining wrong sides together and serge/zigzag the raw edges.


Step 3

Measure the lycra pocket locations according to the photo below and mark with chalk on both pieces. They should line up.


Step 4

Attach the pockets so that a arch forms. Then pleat just the bottom edge and sew across.



Attach the flaps above the pockets. Sew 1 seams along the top edge.


Step 5

Measure 10 inches up from bottom on the backing piece and mark. This will be the first set of lycra pockets.

Mark from 8inches up from bottom to 18inches from bottom. This will be the location of the second set of lycra pockets.

Step 6

First, place one lycra piece between the 8in and 18 inch markings and hand baste in place. Hand baste within a 1/4 of the edge.


Second, place the other lycra piece from the bottom of the backing piece to the 10inch mark. There should be a two inch overlap between the two lycra pieces. Again, hand baste in place.


Step 7

Extend the lycra pocket lines to the top of the backing piece using your marking tool. This will help you later.

Now, install your Walking Foot and sew along all the basted lines. This creates the permanent lycra pockets and attached them to the backing piece.

Step 8

Attach your largest pocket to the outside third of the large vinyl piece. Attach this pocket  using the same method as the previous pockets. For the flap, you may sew two seams along the top edge, 1/4 inch apart.


Step 9

Layer the vinyl piece and backing piece right sides together and hand baste a 1/4 inch seam.

Using you walking foot and 90/14 needle, sew along the basting stitch. Make sure to leave a opening large enough to turn everything right sides out.


Step 10

Turn everything right sides out and sew the opening closed.


Step 11

Using an edge stitch, sew along the very edge of the two pieces to that the seam lays flat.


Now, sew another line along the pockets to attach the backing fabric to the vinyl fabric.

Step 12

Cut six 8in. long pieces of binding tape. Turn the raw edges in and sew down at even interval along the top of the project to make the hanging ties.


Step 13

Cut four 5in. long pieces of binding tape. Fold your project into thirds and determine where you need to sew the binding tape so that you may tie the project closed when folded.

If you have any questions, be sure to leave them in the comment section below and thank you for reading!

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Sharon K Gerbino May 2, 2014 - 4:17 pm

will make a few of these to put in camper, craft supplies and bathrooms. love that you put so many details in, that patterns don’t. you rock this. thx.

Sarah May 13, 2014 - 9:49 am

Thank you!

rider526 May 2, 2014 - 1:41 pm

I’m going to make a few of these for me, my friends and our very un-organized horse trailers. lol

Sarah May 13, 2014 - 9:50 am

LOL! I hope they help!

Mrs. Zohra Ismail May 31, 2013 - 6:12 am

Lovely to see n sew!

Mrs. Zohra Ismail May 31, 2013 - 6:14 am

I love sewing and would appreciate a pattern for aprons

Corky Clark May 14, 2013 - 1:07 pm

I too will try other fabrics. Im going to make one for the shower, and back of bathroom door. Can’t wait to get started . I can also see this will help in the laundry room.

Kayna May 11, 2013 - 12:11 pm

I’m going to try this but with different fabrics!!! Ty!!!!

Becky May 11, 2013 - 10:00 am

this looks like a great project, and I look for anything that may help me organize my hubby and kids (even my stuff as everyone goes thro it and leaves it a mess) but I can’t read more then half of the instructions the right half of your blog is missing (even the comments)

Sarah May 11, 2013 - 11:09 am

Hi Becky – I’m sorry the blog page isn’t working correctly. What browser are you using?

Nicole May 22, 2013 - 1:39 pm

I was having the same issue. If you look up in the address bar of IE there will be a symbol that looks like a broken or ripped sheet of paper. Click on it to make it blue and it will fix the issue.

Carmen May 4, 2013 - 5:55 pm

Thank-you for a wonderful gift for graduates and grands of all ages….Great job….Will attempt once I catch up with all projects working on or should be finishing…SMILE Carmen

Lynne Dwyer May 4, 2013 - 10:16 am

Thanks so much for this pattern. I can’t wait to make a couple of these.


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