My son has been involved in Cub Scouts for the past year. Given the long family history of scouting (his dad, uncle, grandfather were all Boy Scouts), I foresee many years ahead. Which is why when the “stuff” was already ending up in multiple places and panicked moments of “where’s my neckerchief?” had already occurred more than once, I knew some organization of his scout uniform was a necessity.
I decided a simple, one spot point for the majority would be ideal. A place to contain his Class A uniform and current rank book. Using canvas fabric leftover from a past project plus a simple plastic hanger, I created a (free) quick and easy organizer to hang in his closet.
- Sturdy plastic hanger
- Binding (45 inches)
- Measuring tape
- Fabric Pen
- Coordinating thread
Step 1 Cut a 22 inch x 15-1/2 inch rectangle from the canvas material.
Step 2 Sew binding along one short edge of the canvas piece. This will be the top of your pockets.
Step 3 Measure and mark a line 16 inches from the end with the binding. Now fold the bound end up to this line. Pin in place.
Step 4 Sew binding along each side of the rectangle to close it up and complete the main pocket.
Step 5 Sew a single vertical line 5 inches from one side to divide the pocket in two (see purple line in photo above).
Step 6 Measure a line 3 inches from the unfinished canvas edge and mark it on the back side. Then fold the canvas over the hanger and pin so it aligns with the new line. Sew to attach the canvas to the hanger.
Step 7 (optional) Add a button or two to the front of the pockets to hang temporary patches. These create a good spot to store patches once your Scout is done with them or wants to change up his uniform. You can also attach the extra pins directly to the canvas pockets.
Your organizer is complete! Add your book, belt, badges, pins, and neckerchief. You can even hang the Class A uniform shirt directly over the organizer so your Scout’s entire uniform is in one spot and ready for the next Pack meeting or event!
Have child in Boy Scouts? Be sure to check out our tutorial for adjusting the merit badge sash length – perfect for growing with your child as they grow through Scouts!