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25+ Pocket Organizers & Caddies To Make: {Sewing}

Here’s a bunch of pocket-style organizers that you can make to store all kinds of things. Some have been featured previously on Tipnut and have been moved here for handy reference…but there’s plenty of new stuff to see too!


Mail Organizer Tutorial [1]: Fun fabric version of a letter bin.

Bed Caddy [2]: This bed caddy provides a handy place for all your most used items, customize the pocket sizes for your needs easily! Includes directions for finding the perfect measurements for your bed.



Sofa Caddy [3]: No more digging through cushions looking for the remote control!

DIY Door Organizer [4]: A simple felt pocket that hangs from a door knob.



Gadget Travel Tote [5]: Convert a dish towel into a multi-pouched case to keep chargers and cords neat when you’re on the go.

Garden Tool Caddy [6]: Made with oilcloth, this pocket caddy folds up into a tote.



Toddler Pocket Holder [7]: Sized to work well with a toddler sized bed.

Fabric Mail Sorter [8]: Make a sturdy hanging pocket organizer to keep your mail sorted.



Mail Sorter [9]: Four pockets sort your “Action Required”, “To Be Paid”, “To Be Filed” and “To Be Sorted” items.

Hanging Bed Organizer [10]: This one incorporates a strip of rubberized drawer liner to keep even the heaviest books from pulling out the organizer.



Bed Pockets [11]: These are big and sturdy enough to hold books and whatever else you like.

Hanging Quick Pockets [12]: Made a little more sturdy with cereal box cardboard inserts.



Denim Tool Roll [13]: Made with an old pair of jeans, sew rows of pockets as wide as you need, pop in the tools and roll ’em up.

Felt Locker Caddy [14]: This cute felt caddy is also at home in your office (on the side of your filing cabinet), kitchen (fridge), or on any metal door.



Terry Cloth Caddy [15]: Clear off bathroom countertops by storing toiletries in a hanging organizer. To make one, just stitch a few seams in a hand towel.

Vinyl Pocket Organizer [16]: Here’s one way to repurpose excess vinyl packaging.



9-Pocket Door Caddy [17]: Shoe bag style, you can use this to organize lingerie, jewelry, whatever you like.

Pleated Pocket Door Organizer [18]: A place for incoming and outgoing mail, extra change and random stuff that would otherwise end up on the kitchen table.



Cart or Stroller Caddy [19]: Use this handy organizer/catchall on the back of a stroller or grocery cart.

Whimsical Bedside Organizer [20]: This caddy is made with pieces of felt and great for a child’s bed where they can store their little treasures.



Scissors Pocket Storage [21]: Keep assorted scissors and rotary cutters organized with this hanging pocket storage.

Pocket Wall Organizer [22]: Use this to keep your mail sorted, organize craft patterns or whatever else you like.



Grocery Cart Caddy [23]: As you shop stuff one pocket with coupons that you will be using when checking out and use the other pocket to hold your coupon organizer.

Pocket Organizer With Vintage Graphics [24]: Use the pocket organizer as a bed caddy or sofa/armchair caddy to keep things handy and organized.



Remote Control Holder [25]: Features two large pockets to hold remotes, magazines and whatever else you like. Made with fabric, felt and a wooden dowel.

Pocket Hanger [26]: Vintage instructions for making a small pocket hanger (scroll to bottom of page for pattern).



All-Purpose Caddy [27]: Features a removable sand pouch to help keep the caddy in place, designed for long term hospital patients but also useful for holding crafting supplies.

For Gadgets & Remotes [28]: Customize pouch sizes as you need, this one is made for hanging (has fabric loops on the back).


Also see these pocket-roll purse organizers [29].

Hanging Pocket Tool Holder: {Vintage}
*First published July 16, 2008 and moved to this page for better organization

Hanging Pocket Tool Holder

It’s handy to put mother’s name on a few of the more ordinary type shop tools and keep them in the kitchen. Then, when she needs a screw driver, hammer, or a pair of pliers, she knows they are in a convenient place. Also, if the tool is nearby, she won’t be so likely to put off a chore requiring a tool.

Fumbling for tools kept in a “catch all” kitchen drawer sometimes can be annoying. Better, why not make a simple tool holder and hang it inside a cupboard, broom closet, or basement stairway?

Almost any light-weight canvas or drill is suitable. Sport denim is especially nice because the brighter colors available add to the general color scheme of your kitchen.

Before making mine, I laid out all the tools I wanted in the holder. Then, after deciding where I could keep it (and consequently how large the outer dimensions would be) I cut a piece of brown wrapping paper the same size. On this, I arranged the tools until I had them placed as I wanted them.

To make my holder, I bought one-half yard of 42-inch width blue sport denim. Splitting this lengthwise, I had two pieces 18 x 21 inches. As 18 inches was the width, I cut from the other half of the material two strips 18 x 5 1/2 inches. These were to serve as the pockets on the tool holder.

Because my kitchen is blue and yellow, I used yellow bias tape for trimming. I bound both top and bottom edges of the upper pocket and the top edge only of the lower pocket.

Next, the bottom and sides of the lower pocket were sewn to the bottom and side edges of the tool holder. At a distance 1 3/4 inches above this, I pinned the lower and side edges of the upper pocket.

Then I sewed vertical lines to make individual columns the proper width to hold particular tools. To decide where the vertical lines would go, I went back to the brown paper pattern covered with tools.

I had two hammers which extended below the bottom of the top pocket. To accommodate these, I left the bottom of the upper pocket open in that particular column, allowing the hammer handle to extend into the corresponding column in the lower pocket. A horizontal stitching in this column in the lower pocket approximately three inches from the top served as a base to support the weight of the hammer.

Similarly, for tiny jewelers’ screw drivers, I made horizontal stitchings two or three inches below the top of the upper pocket. With your own imagination, you can accommodate any specialties you may want to keep in your tool holder.

After all the pocket stitching was finished, I bound the entire outer edge with yellow bias tape, attached three bias loops along the top of the holder, and hung the completed piece on cup hooks in the broom closet.

You’ll be glad you made a tool holder for yourself, and it’s a novelty gift to make for any homemaker friend.

Source: The WorkBasket; March, 1959