Children's Accessory Holder

Posted by SaraP on Monday, March 26th, 2012

Children’s Accessory Holder

Hi, I am Sara from over at Porcupine Quilts, where we LOVE all things Riley Blake.  Today I am happy to share with you a tutorial for creating a hanging organizer.  With two little guys in the house, we have mittens, scarves, hats, wallets, electronics, etc. everywhere!  So, I whipped up this organizer to keep things a little more tidy around our front door.  Consider it for the back of a door, or for hanging in a closet.  A girl’s version could keep hair clips, tights, gloves, dress up clothes and more…



Read all instructions through at least one time to get an idea of where you are going.  Use ¼ seam allowance unless noted otherwise.  Feel free to change dimensions of pockets to fit your needs; and if you don’t want to mess with zippers, just add more pockets in the same size as zipper pockets.

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Tutorial was made with the Woodland Trails line by Sheri McCulley for Riley Blake.  ADORABLE.


  • Main Background Fabric Panel – 2/3 yard
  • Large Pocket Fabric – 1 Fat Quarter
  • Small Pocket Fabric – ¼ yard
  • Binding – 1/3 yard
  • Backing –2/3 yard
  • Mesh – ¼ yard (mesh can be tricky to work with, feel free to sub cotton fabric or a clear laminate.
  • Batting – 20 x 34 piece
  • Coordinating ribbon, approx 2 yards
  • Standard size plastic hanger
  • 22 inch zipper
  •  7 inch zipper
  • Swivel clasps (optional) – found in handbag accessories…or you can use curtain clips as well.
  • Optional - if the items you will be storing are particularly heavy, consider a fusible stabilzer on the back panel for some additional structure.


Step 1 – Cutting: 

Front Background Fabric – 18 x 31 inch rectangle

Large Pocket Fabric – 20.5 x 13.5 inch rectangle.  If using a directional print, make sure the direction is running up the length of fabric. 

Small Pocket Fabric – 13 x 6.5 inch rectangle.  If using a directional print, make sure the direction is running up the length of fabric. 

Mesh Fabric –  7.5 x 6 inch rectangle for small zipper pocket and one 18 x 6.5 inch rectangle for large zipper pocket.

Step 2 – Making Fabric Pockets

Fold the large 20.5 x 13.5 pocket in half, right sides together.  Using a ¼ inch seam allowance, sew around the open edges, leaving a 2 inch opening on bottom seam for turning.  Clip corners and turn pocket right side out.  Press seams and folded edge flat, making sure to turn in open seam allowance even with edge (these will be sewn shut during top stitching later). 


Repeat the above process with the Small 13 x 6.5 inch pocket.

OPTIONAL – to finish the top edge of your pockets, you can sew a length of ribbon across the upper edge of pockets.  Turn the edge of ribbon under about ¼ inch and pin in place.  Top stitch the length of ribbon, folding the opposite end under as well to hide edges.  Don’t stress too much if ends of ribbon are not completely hidden…that is just an opportunity for a well placed button or embellishment at the end! 


Step 3 – Making the Mesh Pockets

In this step, you will be attaching the zippers to the top of both mesh pockets using grosgrain ribbon to cover mesh and zipper edges.  To do this, place 22 inch zipper face up on the table.  Lay upper edge of mesh pocket on top of zipper, coming just up to teeth of zipper (about a ¼ inch of mesh).  Cover mesh with the thin ribbon and carefully pin in place.  Top stitch through all three layers.  I stitched on both sides of ribbon, approx 1/16 from each side, or as close as you can get to edge.  Slide zipper pull back and forth as required while stitching. It may be helpful to leave zipper and ribbon a little longer on each end then the mesh pocket.  You can trim these even with edges when we attach the pocket to front panel.

Repeat this step for the Small Mesh Pocket using the 7 inch zipper.  You should now have two mesh pieces with one side of zipper attached to the top.


Step 4 – Attaching Pockets to Front Background Panel

Using a ruler, draw a light line 6 inches from the top of front rectangle.  All space above this line will be reserved for hanger! 

Pin the large mesh pocket to front panel with top of zipper on drawn line 6 inches from top.  Using the same technique from above, pin zipper to front back panel with ribbon on top.  Make sure zipper hardware is not within the ¼ edge of panel that will be the binding seam allowance. 

Pin side and bottom of pocket to hold in place.  Top stitch the top of zipper to panel using to two rows of stitching as in Step 3.  Run a quick basting stitch along sides of pocket to secure (they will be sewn into binding later).  Pin a strip of grosgrain ribbon to cover bottom mesh edge, and top stitch down.

Center the Large Fabric Pocket about 1 inch below the Large Mesh Pocket.  Pin in place and top stitch to front panel.  Make sure to close opening left for turning as you stitch.


Pin Small Mesh Pocket ¾ inch below Large Fabric Pocket and approx 1 ¾ inch from left side of panel, covering top of zipper with ribbon as done on Large Mesh Pocket (it is okay if some of the pocket hangs of the bottom, you can trim even later).  Top stitch top of Small Mesh Pocket in place to attach zipper.  To secure the sides of pocket, use two more lengths of ribbon to cover edges of mesh and sides of zipper.  Top stitch.  Run a quick basting stitch to hold bottom of pocket in place. 

Pin the Small Fabric Pocket ¾ inch below Large Fabric Pocket and approx 1 ¾ inch from right side of panel.  Top stitch around pocket. 

YEAH!  You should now have all pockets in place.


STEP 5:  Backing and Binding

Use your hanger as a template for the top by placing it in the upper 6 inches with the bottom of hook lining up with top of panel.  Mark a line ½ inch above the diagonal slope of hanger.  Trim on line. 


OPTIONAL – if you want to appliqué a name or design on the top portion, you can do so now using your favorite method.  I appliquéd my son's initials on the sample using a quick zigzag stitch.

Press top panel.  Layer your top panel, quilt batting, and ½ yard of backing fabric as you would a quilt.  Pin, baste or use spray adhesive to hold in place.  I lightly quilted mine by sewing along the edges of all pockets and zippers.  This adheres them to the backing nicely.  You may quilt as much or as little as desired, but DO NOT QUILT IN THE TOP 6 INCHES ABOVE LARGE MESH POCKET.

Prepare your binding by cutting three 2 ½ width of fabric inch strips.  Sew together to make one large strip.  Fold long strip in half wrong sides together. 

If you will be using hardware clips on the bottom of hanger, cut a length of ribbon 4 inches for each clip.  Fold it in half with hardware inside, pin them to back on the bottom of the panel.   Space evenly depending on how many clips you are adding.  For two, I placed each 3.5 inches from the side.

Attach binding to quilt starting on the top diagonal slope leaving about 3 inches of binding loose on top (see pic below).  Don’t sew across where hanger will protrude.  Sew binding around, watching on bottom edge for hardware and making sure you catch ends of ribbon in seam. 

When you get to the top of the mesh pocket on opposite side you started on, STOP.   You will now insert the hanger between the batting and front panel.  Push hanger as far down and away from unsewn edge as you can.  You should have plenty of room to continue sewing the binding up to the top of the diagonal slope, securing the hanger inside.  Sew binding as far as you can before the hanger hook prevents further sewing. 

To complete the binding, you will need to take the reserved 3 inches from the start and pull across the front and sew in place by hand.  Pull remaining binding over the top to back and tack down once you meet the binding on opposite side.  Take the end of the binding and pull across the back and hand sew in place.  This can take some careful manipulation of the fabric.  Pin carefully and work the fabric until it lays flat in a way you like.  If you struggle getting the fabric to lay the way you want, you can always finish it off with a bow or some elastic. 

You are done!   Feel free to embellish the hanger with buttons or appliqués for a personal touch.

It's been fun being here with you, I'm looking forward to our next project!  Please visit us at Porcupine Quilts.

Categories: Accessories, Home Decor


  1. I love this!!
    by Barb
    March 26th, 2012 at 9:55 p.m.
  2. Adorable Sara!
    by Leslie
    March 26th, 2012 at 9:57 p.m.

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