Endless Piles of Mail Got You Down? End the Chaos with this DIY Felt Mail Organizer (for less than $2!)

The mail comes every day. And that totally sucks because I just never seem to be able to keep up with the piles of paper.

But today I am ending the cycle with this DIY Felt Mail Organizer.

My DIY Felt Mail Organizer

My DIY Felt Mail Organizer

This project could not be easier…or cheaper.

Supplies:

  • 4 pieces of 9x12in 2mm thickness felt. I got mine at Hobby Lobby.

  • A wooden dowel

  • Yarn or any kind of ribbon or string to hang your organizer

  • Whatever you want to use to label your pockets (more on that below but I used letter stamps)


Check out the full tutorial here:


Directions:

What makes this project ridiculously easy is that your felt comes pre cut. I decided to do my mail organizer in a gradient from black to cream so I purchased 1 sheet of black felt, 1 sheet of grey felt and 2 sheets of cream felt. Each piece was 40 cents so I am up to a whopping $1.60 in supply costs.

Fold your top piece of felt (for me this is black) over about one inch and sew across. This becomes the pocket for your wooden dowel. If you don’t sew, this project would also work easily with a hot glue gun!

Now lay your piece of grey felt so that it over laps your black felt. Measure to make sure that 5 inches of black felt is showing. Now sew across the top of the grey felt and down both the sides where it is connected the piece of black felt behind it.

Repeat this step with your third piece of yarn - for me my cream yarn. Lay it on top of the grey piece, make sure that 5 inches of grey is showing and then sew them together.

For the bottom pocket, I am continuing to use cream felt. Just like with my other pockets I want 5 inches above the pocket line which means I need to cut 4 inches off of my piece of felt. Then simply line them up so that a the bottom and side edges are even and sew.

Pretty easy.

Now it is time to label your pockets. I decided to label mine with letter stamps.

Here area my letter stamps. I have only ever used them to engrave cookie dough, but this worked wonderfully!

Here area my letter stamps. I have only ever used them to engrave cookie dough, but this worked wonderfully!

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But there are SOOOOOO many ways your can label your pockets (or don’t label them at all!) You could embroider the words, use iron on letters, write on them with a sharpie marker or even just write on (or print out) paper and then secure it with a clothes pin.

Alternative for labeling your pockets

Alternative for labeling your pockets

Now all you have to do is insert your wooden dowel and tie yarn or string to each end to make a hanger. I braided three pieces of yarn together so that my hanger had a little bit of fun texture.

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And for one last added bonus, I added a couple of pom poms to the side.

Here is my felt mail organizer with a cute little pom pom addition!

Here is my felt mail organizer with a cute little pom pom addition!

To see how I make my super easy DIY pom poms, check out this pom pom tutorial.

This would also be a great way to organize any papers coming in to your home. I plan to make one for each of my kids to use after school when they empty their backpacks.

Happy crafting!

xoxo,

Ash