A tutorial for making some handy hanging pockets for your craft room, by repurposing your old jeans.
One of my favorite things to upcycle is denim. When I need some hanging storage for the pegboard in my craft room, I instantly thought of jeans pockets.
The Pockets on A Pair of Jeans
With most pairs of jeans, there are actually five pockets. Two on the back of the jeans, two at the front. Then, the fifth pocket is the tiny one inside the front right pocket.
This small pocket was originally called the watch pocket. It was designed as a safe place for men to store their pocket watches. It dates back to when Levi’s first-ever pair of jeans, which hit the market in 1879.
Now that most people don’t carry pocket watches, the fifth pocket is often referred to as the coin pocket. Sometimes it’s also called the ticket pocket.
For these handy hanging pockets, I just repurposed only the back jeans pockets.
Along with the seams and waistbands, the back pockets on a pair of jeans are my favorite part. They really add character to the jeans and make upcycled denim crafts more interesting.
This time I wanted something different and made these handy portable storage pockets for my craft room. They can easily be unhooked from the pegboard and carried around.
Even though I have used them in for craft storage, I think these hanging pockets would also work well in a kitchen and could be used as cutlery holders.
Embroidering The Pockets
To add interest to the hanging pockets I embroidered a letter on each pocket.
I love a rainbow, I embroidered an initial letter for each colour of the rainbow.
- R – Red
- O – Orange
- Y – Yellow
- G – Green
- B – Blue
- I – Indigo
- V – Violet
A rainbow seemed appropriate as the hanging pockets were going to be used to store my colored pens.
However, you can always embroider a monogram initial on the pockets. Or even design them so they spell a word when all hung up together.
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What You Need To Make Denim Hanging Pockets
- Old denim jeans
- Scrap leather
- Eyelet punch and eyelets such as a Crop-o-Dile
- Small embroidery hoop 3-4“
- Colored embroidery thread and needle
- Letter templates – You can download the one I used here.
How To Make The Jeans Hanging Pockets
1.. First, carefully cut out the back pockets from the jeans. Using a pair of scissors cut as close to the seam edge of the pocket as possible.
I cut out seven jeans pockets in total. One for each colour of the rainbow.
2. Next, place an embroidery hoop onto the pocket. The inner hoop will go inside the pocket and the outer hoop on the back of the pocket.
Then cut out the letter template you want and place it on the front of the pocket. Draw around the letter.
3. Next, using embroidery thread and a needle fill in the letter template with stitches. No need for fancy stitches a simple satin stitch will do.
Be careful to stitch only the front of the pocket and not go through to the back.
4. Once the embroidery has finished, remove the embroidery hoop. Then using a rotary cutter and mat, cut a leather strap for the pocket. The leather strap should be about 1cm wide and about 15cm long.
Attaching the leather hanging strap
5. The next thing to do is to attach the leather strap to the embroidered pocket. First, punch two holes into the leather strap, one at each end.
Then, punch 2 holes into the back fabric of the pocket. The holes should be at the top of the pocket and one at each end.
Using eyelets and an eyelet tool attach the strap to the denim hanging pocket.
If you don’t have an eyelet tool you can then stitch the leather strap to the jeans pocket.
Repeat with the other hanging pockets. Then simply fill them with your pens and hang them from a hook.
If you don’t fancy embroidery, you can also decorate your pockets with applique instead. Just like these denim applique heart Valentine’s gift pockets.
These hanging jeans pockets are so handy. I use them on the pegboard in my craft room to organize all my coloured pens.
- Old jeans
- Leather scraps
- Embroidery thread
- Letter template
- Crop-o-Dile (eyelet punch)
- Rotary cutter and mat
- Embroidery needle
- Small embroidery hoops
- Carefully cut out the back pockets from the jeans. Cut as close to the edge of the pocket as possible.
- Place the inner embroidery hoop inside the pocket. Then, place the outer hoop on the front of the pocket.
- Draw a letter on the front of the pocket using the printed out template.
- Fill the letter pattern with an embroidery stitch. A simple satin stitch will work well.
- Cut a leather strap about 1cm wide and 15 cm long, using a rotary cutter and mat.
- Then, with an eyelet tool punch holes into the end of the leather strap.
- Then, attach the leather strap to the pocket using the eyelet tool and two eyelets. The leather should be attached to the back of the jeans pocket so that the leather strap forms a hoop from which to hang the pockets.
- Repeat with the other jeans pockets. For a rainbow, you will need seven hanging pockets one for each colour. Red, yellow, orange, green, blue, indigo and violet.
- Fill with pens and hang from a hook or your pegboard.
You can also use these pockets in the kitchen as cutlery holders.