DIY Home Decor: How to Make a Vinyl Chalk Cloth Wall Organizer

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I'm a bit preoccupied with black and white. While always a classic pairing, inspirational black and white images have been popping up everywhere recently — like this recent roundup of entryways. Lucky for me, my 1910 apartment has a fantastic vintage black and white bathroom. It also has a bit of an odd 18" angled wall that was screaming for a DIY solution!

I chose to create a wall pocket organizer using vinyl chalk cloth, in part because you can write on it (how fun!) but mostly because the vinyl is easy to wipe down with soap and water. This is a bathroom, so we want only cleanable surfaces in here!

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What You Need


  • 1/2" dowel cut to 18" length (many hardware stores with make this cut for you)
  • 4 yards 1" white bias tape
  • 1 yard chalk cloth (I found mine here)
  • 1 yard twine or thin ribbon
  • White thread
  • Chalk for marking


  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins


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  1. Cut one 14"x28" piece of chalk cloth to use as your base. Cut one 8"x14" piece, one 7"x14" piece, and two 6"x14" pieces of chalk cloth for pockets. Lastly, cut four 14" pieces of bias tape.

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2. Pin and sew bias tape to one long edge of each of the four pocket pieces.

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3. Pin the 6"x14" pocket to the 14"x28" base piece, starting 4.5" from the top. Then, sew the sides and bottom of the pocket using a 1/4" seam allowance.

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4. Repeat the same process with the 7"x14" piece, starting 1" above the bottom of the first pocket. Mark and sew a vertical seam 5" from the left of the pocket.

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5. Repeat with the second 6"x14" piece, starting 1" above the bottom of the second pocket. Mark and sew seams 3", 4.5", and 7.5" from the right side of the pocket.

6. Repeat with the final 8"x14" pocket piece. Align the bottom of the pocket with the bottom of the 14"x28" base piece.

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7. Trim any overhanging edges.

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8. Pin and sew bias tape around the entire perimeter of the base piece.

9. Cut three 3" pieces of bias tape. Fold in half, pin to the top back of the organizer 1/2" from either side and at 7" in the center. Sew using a 3/8" seam allowance.

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10. Slip dowel through all three loops.

11. Tie twine or ribbon around the edges of the dowel. Dot a bit of glue on the knots so they don't slip off the dowel.

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(Image credits: Erin Roberts)