Denim Pocket Organizer

Welcome back!  Today I want to share an organizing idea that was made from the leftovers of another recent project.  If you follow me, you'll remember The Christmas Mermaid project.  It was the perfect gift for my daughter and left me with another half for a new project.  Behold:
It was time to create some organization!

Yes, this started out as a large gift sack and after using the one side to create The Christmas Mermaid banner, the second piece was destined to be an organizer.  
There was already a channel across the top for a dowel.

After the side seams were opened, they were restitched and the second side was ready for a makeover.  
I knew I wanted my scissors displayed across the top, so I cut a length of denim from a pant leg, folded under the edges and started to fit it.  The left edge was pinned in place and each pair of scissors was put in place before pinning a seam line.  When all the pins were placed, each seam was sewn and the scissors fit perfectly. 
I chose some pockets from old jeans and began placing and sewing them.  I chose thread to match the pockets and sewed along the already-existing seams.
Here's a peek at the back, showing the different colors of thread used:
Once all the pockets were in place, I cut a dowel to size.
After painting it and the two wooden balls for the ends, it was inserted into the top channel, the balls were glued in place, and the second red cord (that came with the gift sack) was tied in place.
Time to fill it up!
My markers found a home in this pretty pocket while the one below it became the home for my notepads and pens.
The one to the right of it holds my exacto knife and some hole punches.
The two pockets on the right side of the banner contain small files, an old toothbrush, emory boards (they 'fill-in' when I can't put my hands on a piece of sandpaper), stenciling and other assorted paint brushes.  
But, my favorite pocket of all is this small watch pocket:
It contains one of my small tape measures - something I reach for all the time!

I've always wanted to create an organizer that hangs on the wall and finding that gift sack gave me the perfect opportunity, especially since I've been saving old jeans for a while now!
I think my favorite part is the scissor storage.  What's yours?


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  1. That is really cool and very creative! I love the holder for scissors! Which I had one of those! Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. Thank you, Gail. The scissor portion was my big motivation. It's nice to be able to see all of them in one place!

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    1. Thank you, Patti....I also had to do something with the other half of that sack.

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  3. That is the sweetest and so pretty! It's storage and art all in one. Fabulous!

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  4. I love denim crafts! This is such a fun and creative idea!

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  5. Oh I love this, Ann! What a great way to keep things in the craft/sewing room organized and at your fingertips. I also love the boho vibe with the repurposed denim. Very clever an creative!

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    1. Thank you, Marie. It's so nice to reach up and grab what I need!

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  6. This is so creative and I love the way you have your scissors hanging. There's nothing like getting organized.

    Cindy

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    1. I had my scissors in various containers and would always pull out several before I found the one I needed! You are so right, Cindy, organization is the best!

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  7. Lots of denim love coming your way from Wisconsin! I love your project! It's practical and reuses denim. I have made multiple denim projects, (not posted). Yours is nice and useful, and I love how you executed the sissors holder.

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    1. Thank you so much, Jeanne. I love denim and it just seemed like the perfect option for this project. I'm so glad you stopped by!

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  8. Love this! Have a mini version that I made a couple of years ago. It holds a few things and also my pin badge collection. Cool!

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    1. A mini version sounds great - and I do have more denim! Thanks for stopping by!

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  9. I love this! What a great idea!

    You're most welcome to join me in a cuppa at Tea With Jennifer, :-D
    Jennifer

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    1. Thank you so much, Jennifer. I will stop by!

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  10. What a great upcycled piece! I adore how you stitched the seams to hold your scissors. I'm inspired now to create something similar for my sewing room. Thank you so much for sharing. :)

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    1. I'm so glad you like it, I could see one with several rows of scissors, It's so nice to see them all in one place!

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  11. I really love this!! Such an innovative and creative idea. The organizer looks very pretty too.
    Thanks for sharing this at our #HomeMattersParty :)

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    1. Thank you so much, Kimberly. I'm glad you like it!

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  12. What a great idea! Thank you for linking up at Oh My Heartsie Girl's Wordless Wednesday! (I co-host it at www.MyCraftyZoo.com) Can't wait to get one made for my craft room!

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    1. Thank you, Kaycee. I'm so glad I've inspired you!

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  13. That's brilliant, I was going to say the scissor storage is my favourite bit even before you said it was yours!

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    1. Thank you, Julie. It's great having them all in one spot!

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  14. Adore this, so very clever with the scissors. Thanks for posting at Funtastic Friday .

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    1. Thank you so much. I could see one made with just rows of scissors!

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  15. Ann, this is an excellent idea to recycle jeans fabric. Love this project.
    Happy Women's day.
    Thank you for sharing with us at Meraki Link Party.
    Have a wonderful week.
    Much love
    Naush

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    1. Thank you, Naush. I'm planning some more projects that use old jeans!

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  16. What a neat project. Thank you for sharing on the Classy Flamingos.

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  17. I just love projects that upcycle denim jeans, especially the pockets!

    Alexandra
    EyeLoveKnots.com

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    1. Me too, Alexandra...and I have more pockets!

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  18. This is my personal favorite from last week’s Funtastic Friday, also pinned to the FF board! Thanks for sharing great such great content! Melynda@ScratchMadeFood!

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    1. Thank you so much, Melynda. I glad you like it!

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  19. I absolutely love this! I'm featuring it at the Thursday Favorite Things (TFT) party today. :)

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  20. Fabulous! What a great way to use up things we probably all have laying around or easy to pick up. Featuring when my link party opens up tonight!

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