Denim Organiser
Upcycle Projects

How to make a denim organiser

This is a great way to re-use those jeans that have worn out or simply don’t fit anymore! Turn them into an organiser – the pockets can be very useful for tidying up a kids bedroom, for example organising shoes, toys, lego, scarves, jewellery etc.

Hang it on the back of the door, a wall or make one double sided and hang it in the wardrobe. This blog will show you how to put one together, but it’s up to you on how you might want to add embellishments – there’s some ideas at the end.

a pile of jeans

You will need:

  • 2-3 pairs of jeans
  • a hanger
  • scissors
  • pins
  • a tape measure
  • a sewing machine (or needle and thread if you want to make by hand)
  • embellishments (optional)
You will need

Step 1 – cutting out

Firstly, you’ll need to measure the width of the opening over your hanger. Mine was 14.5 inches, so I made the width of my panel a big wider to allow for a hem.

measure the hanger
Measure the width of your hanger opening

Next, cut out some trouser legs to make your base panel. I needed three legs to provide me enough width. You can always add to the length if you want a longer organiser.

cutting out
Cut out trouser leg lengths to make the base panel
layout your leg panels

Step 2 – sewing together the base panel

With the right sides together, pin your leg pieces together to make one larger panel – this is your base panel.

Pin your leg panels
Pin the leg pieces together
sew your leg panels together
Sew the leg panel pieces together to make one large piece

Next, you need to hem the sides and bottom of your base panel as shown in the diagram.

hem the edges

Step 3 – adding the pockets

Next step is to add some pockets to your base panel. I used the back pockets of the jeans and added six of them to my panel. I used a zig-zag stitch to add them to the base panel.

add pockets
Cut out the pockets from the jeans to add to your panel
pin the pockets to the panel
Pin your pockets into place and then use a zig-zag stitch to add them to the base panel

Step 4 – insert hanger

Next step is to sew your panel to your hanger. You need to fold over the top of the panel over the hanger and sew into place.

fold over the hanger
Loop the panel over the hanger
sew the panel to the hanger
Sew the panel over the hanger

Step 5 – add embellishment

I kept it simple and added some decorative pom poms to mine. You could add patches, lace, sequins, badges etc. All to personalise your organiser for you or your recipient. My nephew is going to have this one – the blue pom poms will go with his under water theme in his room.

If you have a go at this project or indeed, any of my other blogs, I’d love to see them – tag me @delaneydesigns or #delaneydesigns on your post x

Denim Organiser

Other ideas

Take a look at my Pinterest board ‘Denimwith loads of ideas of what else to make with a pair of jeans.

I’ve also written another blog on how to make a monster tail using a pair of jeans.

Finished monster tail

And finally, here’s a Pinterest board with more ideas for upcycling for a kids bedroom.



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