Scout Book Hanging Pocket Tutorial

Scout Book Hanging Pocket Tutorial - Blue Susan Makes

One of the things I love about having my sewing machine sitting at the ready is that I can quickly sew things for my family and my home as the need arises. This week I used my sewing skills to solve a little organization dilemma, and whipped up a little book pocket for my son's scout book. It has been the perfect solution for busy nights. I'll show you how to make one too!

Scout Book Hanging Pocket Tutorial - Blue Susan Makes

We have limited bookshelf space in our home and the elusive scout book never seems to be sitting where my son set it down when he came in from scouts last week.  I thought he needed a little something to help him keep all his scout things in order so he can grab the hanger and go when nights get busy.

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Scout Book Hanging Pocket Tutorial

This hanging pocket was so fast to sew up, it has my brain spinning with all kinds of ideas for other hanging pockets that might be useful well.   If you find yourself in a similar dilemma, you might want to stitch one up yourself.  I made a little tutorial for you to follow along Grab some fabric and lets get started. Of course you can customize the size as well for whatever you need.

Scout Book Hanging Pocket Tutorial - Blue Susan Makes


  • 11" X 20" rectangle of medium or heavy weight fabric   I used twill but any decorator weight fabric will work too!
  • bias tape - 11 inches
  • a hanger. 
  • Buttons - optional

Sewing Instructions

1.Sew the binding on one short end enclosing the raw edge. Fold the end with bias tape up 1/3 of the way to create pocket

Fold up the pocket - Scout Book Hanging Pocket Tutorial - Blue Susan Makes

2. Hem the long side edges (oops, typo) by folding the edge 1/4 inch toward the back and then press. Then fold the edge again 1/4 inch. Press and stitch the hem in place.

Hem the sides - Scout Book Hanging Pocket Tutorial - Blue Susan Makes

3. Press the top edge 1/4 inch toward the back. 

Hem the top - Scout Book Hanging Pocket Tutorial - Blue Susan Makes

4. Fold the top over the hanger about 1 inch. Pin it in place and stitch along the fold. 

Sew onto a hanger - Scout Book Hanging Pocket Tutorial - Blue Susan Makes

5. If you find that your fabric slides too much on the hanger you can stitch again close to the hanger using a zipper foot.

Scout Book Hanging Pocket Tutorial - Blue Susan Makes

6. Add buttons to the front if you like.  My son gets a new hanging patch each year at Cub Day Camp.  He now has a place to keep them when they are not on his shirt.  I also threw his belt loops in there that haven't found their way to the belt.

Scout Book Hanging Pocket Tutorial - Blue Susan Makes

Now everything can be kept in the same place and ready to grab on a busy night. The real trick is to get him to hang it all back up on his own.  This week when we came home the shirt didn't get hung back up but the book made it into the pocket.  I'll take what I can get.


  1. This is a great idea. Anything to keep them organized. if only I had thought of this twenty years ago. Keep working I ended with 2 Eagle Scouts!

  2. This is a SUPER way to keep your Scout organized! I love the buttons on front to display extra temporary patches.

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  4. what a great idea! I might do something like this as a Christmas gift for all my husbands cub scouts. Might help with those books getting lost. just maybe....

  5. I love this! I just made one for my soon-to-be Bear :) He will get this along with his new book, neckerchief and slide on Christmas! Thank you so much!

  6. I made a little poem to tuck in the pouch and am making a bunch to give to my nephews this Christmas. Thanks for the idea and the tutorial!

    scouts is full of work and fun,
    with one more job before you’re done
    hang up your shirt & tuck in your book
    when it’s time for scouts you’ll know where to look!

    *hanging patches go on the buttons when they’re not on your shirt
    *the pouch holds belt loops and patches until they’re added to your uniform

    1. What a great idea for a Christmas Gift! Thanks so much for sharing the poem. So clever! He's going to love it!

  7. This is fantastic! The new Lions need to make Lion Bags for all their gear as a required adventure. A crafty mom or dad could whip these up and then the kids decorate with adhesive patches or whatever. Thanks for sharing!