Leather Pocket Hanging Organizer

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Thank you for stopping by! Today’s creation is in collaboration with several other fantastic bloggers to bring you a “Back To School” themed blog hop! After you check out this creation, be sure to visit the other projects listed at the end of this post! For my project, I wanted to create an organizational item with things I had already in my stash. We don’t have a true entryway to our home and one thing that piles up uncontrollably in our home is mail. Mail can be easy to tackle!

DIY leather pocket hanging organizer

To recreate this Leather Pocket Hanging Organizer, you’ll need scrap plywood, gold spray paint, upholstery pins, leather-like fabric, scissors, hammer, tape measure and picture hanging hardware.

spray paint a junk piece of plywood

If you need to cut down your plywood, do that first, then spray paint gold. I focused my spray where I knew it would be visible since the pockets will cover portions.. and waste not!

map out the size of pocket wanted

Cutting the fabric is a bit difficult to explain. You’ll need to end up with a trapezoid shape to create the pocket. I gave myself 1.5 inches on the sides, and inch between each pocket, and 2 inches between the top and bottom of the board. With that in mind I cut fabric wide enough to fit and then cut at an angle. I played with the angle of the sides until I got enough slack for a pocket to my liking. To keep it even, I folded my fabric in half. And to keep each pocket uniform, I used the first one as a template.

measure side to make wider side of trapezoid even with shorter to create pocket

Using decorative upholstery pins that I found in one of the drawers of our workshop garage when we moved in, I measured the bottom pocket where it was supposed to be and hammered the pins in place along the bottom of the pocket. Then created the pocket by sliding the wider side of the pocket to be equal distance from the side of the board. Hammer an upholstery pin in place and it’s ready to use!

hammering in upholstery pins

I am loving the blend of gold wood, leather, and brass upholstery pins. You could obviously switch up any element of this organizer to fit your decor style. I think a crisp white painted board with hot pink pleather pockets would be awesome!

upholstery pins hold shape of leather pockets


detailed upholstery pins


The pockets have just enough slack to fit a reasonable amount of mail. Once they’re full, I know I need to make time to put everything in it’s proper place.

side view of leather pocket hanging organizer

Since it’s a tight space, once our curtains go up, the organizer won’t even be visible. I’m unsure right now whether or not I’ll leave it hidden or move it elsewhere. What do you think?

using a DIY leather pocket hanging organizer for mail sorting


not so entry way

This project immediately received the Bubby Seal Of Approval, too! You know it’s good when a 2 year old is excited about it! But, then again, he does seem to be born with a natural inkling for decorating.

seal of approval

Now, go check out loads of other fantastic back to school tutorials, round-ups, and projects! Individual projects in the image below are clickable, or scroll past and click on every one’s link!

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1. Elizabeth Joan Designs 2. Making It In The Mountains 3. Stripes and Polka Dots
4. For My Love Of 5. Home. Made. Interest. 6. Restless Arrow
7. Little Red Brick House 8. Little House Of Four 9. Cuddles and Chaos
10. Our House Now A Home 11. Kent Heartstrings 12. The DIY Mommy
13. Curly Crafty Mom 14. Houseologie 15. Canary Street Crafts

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  1. Love this! Great idea to use up that vertical space. And the bubbly seal of approval is too cute!

  2. This is such a good idea! I love that it fits behind your door, and the upholstery pins are perfect!!

  3. I’ve been wanting to make some kind of organizer for my front entryway too. This is a great idea!

  4. I love the little upholstery pins, do they have little dots on them? Adorable. This is a really easy to get rid of some of that dreaded mail clutter.

  5. This is rocking my world! I love it!

  6. Super cute! Love the leather!

  7. This is a great way to get loose paper off my dining room table and out of sight! I think it would be husband approved over here 😉

  8. Very cool! Thanks so much for sharing. I love the rugged/industrial look of the leather!

  9. This is too cute! I have a gold spray paint obsession too! And my favorite part is the look of the upholstery pins on the leather!!

  10. I really love how you reuse leftovers from other projects to recreate a whole different project. Thanks for sharing on Merry Monday.

  11. Love this! Thanks for sharing!

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