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You can free up floor, table, and wardrobe space in the house by utilising your doors. Create an attractive door hanger tidy of your own by using remnants of material; customise the size, shape, and style to suit your needs. If you have enough, you can make it out of all the same material, or be more creative, and use different materials for a bolder look.

Art and Craft Supplies

All measurements are approximate, but for a Door Hanging Tidy measuring 115cm x 55cm with four rows of three pockets, you will need:

2.5m x 75cm fabric for main piece
2m x 75cm fabric for backing
Cotton or polyester thread
Straight pins
Sharp scissors
Press Stud
Tape measure
Iron & ironing board
T-shirt or similar shaped template
Strong coat hanger
Sewing machine


1. Iron your fabric.

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2. Lay the fabric flat, and place a t-shirt on top as a template to help get the correct shape.

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3. Cut out 120cm long x 60cm wide for the main front piece.

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4. Cut out 30cm long x 60cm wide for back overlapping piece.
5. Cut out four 23cm long x 75cm wide for the pockets.

6. Turn under the centre of the top edge of the main front piece. Press and stitch down along the edge of the fold. Repeat this for the back overlapping piece.
7. Turn under the bottom edge of the overlapping piece; press and stitch along the edge of the fold.
8. From the backing, cut out a reverse piece 105cm long x 60cm wide. Then cut out four strips for pockets 23cm long x 75cm wide.

9. Turn under the top edge of the backing piece. Press and stitch along the edge of the fold.

10. Right sides together, pin and sew the backing piece and main front piece together along the bottom edge and sides. Turn right side out and press.

11. Right sides together, pin and sew the overlapping piece and front piece across each shoulder, and down the sides. Ensure that the overlapping piece goes over the top edge of the backing piece.
12. Make the pocket strips. Right sides together, pin and sew the backing to the main fabric along three sides, leaving one short side open. Turn strips right side out and press. Turn under the edges of the open side, press and sew along the edge of the fold.
13. Pin the strips where you want them on the main body of the Tidy, and sew each one in place. You'll find it easier to start at the bottom and work up, completing each strip as you go. First sew the strip to the sides, then adjust the width of the pockets so that they are reasonably evenly space across the width of the Tidy. Sew the pockets in place vertically.
15. Ease the material across the width of the Tidy, and sew across the bottom edge of the strip. Repeat this for each strip. Press.
16. Secure the overlapping flap to the back of the Tidy with a press stud.

17. Insert the coat hanger. Close the press stud. Your Tidy is ready for use.

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If you don't want to use a backing fabric, omit steps 8 - 10. Just hem the main fabric and proceed to step 11. Hem all round the pocket strips, press, and proceed as far as step 13.

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