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DIY Hanging Wall Files Tutorial

Happy New Year!

At the start of every new year I feel like getting organized.  Making sure I am ready to take on the next 12 months.

This year, I started early and made these DIY hanging wall files.  And let me say, I LOVE THEM.

 diy hanging wall files
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Okay, silly.  Maybe.

But I really do love to get organized and I especially LOVE the get organized in DIY ways.  Like the fun fold-out bow box that can hold toys, books or craft supplies.

This DIY wall pocket organizer is perfect for our "command center" in the house.

diy hanging wall files

I've sewn one for each of my children.  When they come home from school they empty their backpack and place all their papers in their hanging wall file.  

Once a month, I come and go through all the papers and decide which we keep and what can be recycled.

Learn to sew your own diy hanging wall files with this free tutorial.
Since implementing this system, our clutter and countertops have been clutter free.  And if I find a "treasure" I simply add it to their file.  It works great and they look really nice on the wall.

Let me show you how to make your own hanging wall files.

DIY Wall Folder Holder Tutorial

Materials Needed

Cutting Instructions

  • Cut 1 pocket piece - 17" x 23"
  • Cut 2 (back and front piece) - 13" x 17"
  • Cut 1 interfacing - 13" x 17"

diy wall file pocket
Step 1
Fold one of the long edges of the pocket towards the wrong side 1/2" and than another 1/2".  Press.

Stitch across the folded edge.

diy wall folder holder   diy wall pocket organizer
Step 2
Place the pocket over one of the main pieces.  Match the bottom edges.

Match one of the side seams.  Create a 1.5-2" pleat on the side of the pocket like the photo above.

Repeat pleat on the opposite side.

hanging pocket organizer
Step 3
With Right Sides Together (RST), place the back main piece over the pocket and front.

Stitch the 3 layers together.  Leave a 3" opening at the top to turn your wall file.

diy file organizer
Step 4
Clip the corners of the file and turn it right side out through the opening you left in Step 3.


diy file organizer
Step 4
Place grommets on the top of the file.  Space them evenly.  Use a marking pencils to mark the inside of the grommet so you know where to make your opening.

diy folder holder
Step 5
Cut a hole big enough for the grommet to go through but not to big.  The grommet should be a little snug.

hanging fabric file holder
Step 5
Use your tools to set the grommets on the wall file.

diy wall hanging file

Tada!!  You did it!  Now you have a nice hanging wall file that can match any room, office or space.

I love when creating makes my home and family a little more organized and a lot more matchy.

Want more organizing ideas?  Check out our list of sewing projects to organize your home.

Learn to sew your own diy hanging wall files with this free tutorial.


  1. These are wonderful and easy ideas, thank yop for sharing.

    1. You are so welcome! I hope they come in handy.

  2. I am not sure what I could have done wrong but the measurements given produced a weird outcome. The pocket is an inch shorter than the piece it is sewn to since they are both 17" and even with the pleat the 17x23 pocket is way too big. Am I missing something?

    1. I'm not sure what the issue is. Perhaps you turned them the wrong direction? The pocket is folded in half so it ends up being 17 x 11.5. Maybe that is where things turned.


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