Tutorial for a Great Denim Pocket Organiser

Upcycle old jeans into a great pocket organiser

I keep all the family’s old jeans to upcycle into other things, such as a sunglasses case, magazine racks and quilts. I just love working with old denim, I love the different shades of indigo and the different styles. One of my upcycled jeans projects that really shows off the varieties of denim styling is this pocket organiser I made for my sons room. To complement the rustic upcycled look of this organiser I used a wooden branch to hang it with.
Denim pocket organiser
Jeans Pocket organiser

What you need to make a pocket organiser

Raw jeans
Lots of old jeans
Sewing machine, with needle suitable for denim
Wooden branch, or stick.

How I made the pocket organiser


  1. Cut out the pockets from your jeans, don’t forget to allow for a seam edge of approx. 1cm. For this organiser I used 16 pockets, front and back

  3. Lay out your pockets in 4 rows of 4, rearrange until you are happy with the design. Jeans pockets come in various shapes and sizes, don’t worry about your arrangement being a neat rectangle, you will be able to straighten up the edges later when you add a waist band border. Personally I love the irregularities of the pockets.

  5. Once you are happy with your design. Pin the pockets next to each other right sides together in each row leaving a seam of about 1cm. Then using a sewing machine with a needle suitable for heavy denim work sew these pockets together. You should now have 4 rows of sewn pockets.

  7. Pin right sides together the top row of pockets to the second row of pockets, and the thrid row of pockets to the bottom row. Sew these rows together again allowing for a seam edge. Make sure all your pockets are going to be the right way up before you begin sewing as this is an easy mistake to make.

  9. Pin these 2 denim pieces right sides together and sew.

  11. Cut 4 whole waist bands from your jeans. Don’t cut right along the waist band edge you want to allow for a seam. I like to keep buttons and button holes and leather labels on the waist band as I feel these add interest to the pocket organiser.

  13. Pin and sew these waist bands round the four edges of your organiser in such away that it evens up the edges. If you are struggling to straighten up your edges due to pocket irregularities you can always make small denim patches to even up your organiser, (these just add character to the project).
    Denim pocket organiser

  15. To make the denim loops you will need to cut more waist band from your jeans. This time I cut the waist band right to the seam edge of each band. You will need six strips of close cut waistband approximately 20 cm in length.

  17. Fold these loops in half pin along the back of the top band of the organiser. One loop at each end of the organiser and the remainder four evenly spaced in between.

  19. Sew these loops in place. Due to the multiple layers of denim your sewing machine may struggle with sewing these loops in place. If this is the case than just sew them by hand, this shouldn’t take long to do.

  21. Cut your wooden branch so that it is at least 20cm longer than the top of your pocket organiser. Thread the branch through the hoops and hang. I used two hooks in the wall to rest by branch on.

Denim pocket organiser
Denim Wall Oraganiser Pillarboxblue
I just love the rugged look of this pocket organiser and the fact that it is made from the families old jeans. It is really useful my son loves using the pockets for all his little bits and pieces. I may stencil some letters or numbers on the pockets at a later date.

44 Responses

  1. I just love your projects – they are all ridiculously cool and all around awesome.

    • Claire Armstrong

      Thanks for that that’s made me feel really good.

  2. What a neat idea! My daughter is getting to an age where she needs and would love this 🙂

    • Claire Armstrong

      Thank you, you’ll should start saving her old jeans as she grows out of them.

  3. super cute! I have some saved pockets I mean to use for something like this so it’s awesome to see your version. If you get a chance, stop by and share at our upcycled craft challenge: http://2crochethooks.com/july-craft-challenge-features/

    • Claire Armstrong

      Thank you

  4. Claire, you amaze me with your creations. The jean pocket organizer is adorable!

    • Claire Armstrong

      Thank you very much for your kind words. I love your upcycling blog as well by the way, upcycling is very satisfying and fun.

  5. This is so cute! My kids will love this! Thanks

    • Claire Armstrong

      Thanks. My son loves it and I think it will appeal to both young kids and teenagers.

  6. This is an awesome idea! Great for a boys’ room! Pinned!

    • Claire Armstrong

      Thanks, yes my son loves it it hangs by is bed so he can put all his bits and pieces in the pockets.

  7. Very cool idea! I always have busted jeans in my house that need a new purpose in life!

    • Claire Armstrong

      Thanks yes it’s great to keep old jeans to repurpose them.

    • Claire Armstrong

      Thank you for visiting

  8. Love this, so awesome. Pinned!

    Found you via Favourite Things Blog Hop, have a great day!

    Alex – FJ

    • Claire Armstrong


  9. What an adorable idea! Thanks so much for linking up at the Weekend Blog Hop on My Flagstaff Home!


    • Claire Armstrong

      Thank you and thanks for hosting

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    • Claire Armstrong

      Thank you I will check it out.

  12. This is awesome! It would look great in my daughters future room. I love upcycled projects and this sure is useful and cool. I am stopping by from Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop. Shared!

    • Claire Armstrong

      Thank you I’m sure your daughter will love it especially if you use her old jeans.

  13. An awesome refashion and a great way to re-use jeans pockets. I’d love you to add your jeans wall hanging to our Ongoing Denim Refashioning link…

    • Claire Armstrong

      Thank You ! I just discovered your great blog and have added a few of my projects to your on going link ups.

  14. Hi Claire, I have just looked at some of the links added to the Threading My Way link parties this week and I can see you have already added this awesome jeans pocket wall hanging. I look forward to reading the other posts you have added.

  15. I love this idea! I hope you wont mind if I schedule your link to share on my social media 😀

    • Claire Armstrong

      Thank you and feel free to share a link to my site. I’ll look out for it.

  16. I am loving this so much! I’ve got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for tomorrow morning that links to your tutorial: http://sewing.craftgossip.com/?p=83916


    • Claire Armstrong

      Thank you so much look forward to seeing it.

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  20. Great organizer! I’ve been keeping all our old jeans, too. I love this idea. Thanks for sharing at the Submarine Sunday Link Party!

    • Claire Armstrong

      Thank you, and thanks for hosting

  21. This is the coolest thing EVER!!!!
    First, I am Stumbling this post.
    Second, soon as I get home I pin it (I am working at someone else’s computer and it thinks I’m her! LOL)
    Third, I am Tweeting this.
    Fourth…I am inviting you to PLEASE come to my blog hop that goes live at 7pm EDT tonight (tuesday) and share this. Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop that starts on Tuesday. Yes, that’s the one on Ducks ‘n a Row! I am expecting to see you there, now. My readers will eat this up!!!! metaphorically speaking LOL

    • Claire Armstrong

      Thank you I will be there on your blog hop.

      • I’ll be looking for you! We are partying now 🙂

        • Claire Armstrong

          Ok thanks

  22. I love this! It is perfect for a boy’s room! It is so similar to an Advent Calendar I made, so I can do this. Thanks for sharing it.

    • Claire Armstrong

      Thank you, my son loves it think it’s suitable for boys any age.

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  25. I am currently maiking a patchwork quilt using old jeans. I wish I had seen this sooner as I could have utilsed the pockets too. I will be saving pockets from now on.x

    • Claire Armstrong

      I use all the parts of the jeans for different projects. I made a jeans quilt a few years ago and still love it, it’s on my bed at the moment. Good luck with you quilt, I’d love to see a picture of it when it’s finished.

  26. Oh my goodness this is awesome!! On the bucket list to come back and do this for my grandson down the line / what a great idea!

    • Claire Armstrong

      Thanks, I’m sure he’d love it.

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  39. That is very cute and would be perfect for many uses. I have so many cute jeans from the kids and grandkid, so now i know what I can do. Thanks. Pinned.

    • Claire Armstrong

      Thank you ! Happy to inspire, I’m sure it will look great.

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