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DIY Canvas Magazine Hanger

by Francesca Stone

DIY Magazine hanger
When I’m looking for inspiration I often head over to Pinterest or Instagram to keep up to date with current trends or look for ideas I can use within my own work. But more and more often these days I’m finding it’s advantageous to step away from the Internet and look for new ideas in more traditional ways. When I’m away from the computer screen I can have some of my best ideas and I particularly love flicking through old magazines for designs and techniques I can modernize and personalize to create something that feels fresh.

DIY Magazine hanger
While it’s great to have magazines on hand, storing them can become overwhelming. One way to overcome the clutter is to use them as decoration. This DIY magazine hanger has the added visual element of showing flashes of color on each side of the covers. I think this makes the magazines much more appealing to read and attractive to display. And it’s also a really easy DIY that you can customize to hold as many magazines as you like. -Fran

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  • Canvas (or thick cotton) fabric
  • Wooden dowel
  • Rope
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine and thread
  • Clay base plates (see this tutorial for how to)
  • Strong glue
  • Picture hanging velcro fixers


1. Cut out three pieces of fabric 19″ x 13″. Fold in half along the shortest length so that the piece is now 19″ x 6.5″. Stitch along the 19″ edge so that you end up with a tube shape.

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2. Turn the tube inside out and press flat with an iron. Repeat these steps with the other two pieces of fabric.

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3. Next fold the first tube in half along the 19″ length and put to one side.

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4. Lay the second tube of fabric flat down on a surface. Pick up the folded tube of fabric and place over the flat fabric 4″ from the bottom edge.

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5. Pin the fabric along the top of the folded piece and sew all six pieces of fabric together. Turn over and fold the flat piece of fabric in half. You shouldn’t be able to see any stitching.

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6. Take the final tube of fabric and lay this over the other two pieces (facing up with no stitching showing) so that the bottom edges are aligned. Pin the top edges of the second folded tube to this piece of fabric and stitch along the line.

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7. This time when you fold the final tube bring the front end a couple of inches above the back edge. Place the dowel just above the back edge and fold the top fabric back over the dowel. Pin in place, remove the dowel and stitch through all the layers of fabric where they meet.

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8. Re-insert the dowel and tie each end of the rope to either end of the dowel.

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9. To make the circular hook glue a larger circle onto a smaller circle. Once this is dry attach this to a wall using the picture hanging fixtures. You can now hang the magazine rack ready for filling!

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  • In step 2 that fabric doesn’t look like it was even touched with an iron. Pressing during sewing projects are the difference between a meh outcome and a great one.

  • Years and years ago, at the start of my DIY journey, I made something that looked just like this (but different construction). It was to hold paper towels owing to lack of storage space. Looking back, I wonder-who wants to look at paper towels hanging from the wall?! Just buy less rolls! I like the magazine idea instead.

    • ..still was a creative way to hang your paper towels though.☺️wayy better than all those typical ‘rules’ of doin things… say no to rules!!?

  • …thanks for the fun inspiration☺️it could also hold books, mail, cookbooks, wine, shampoos, bathroom towels, toilet paper…possibilities! ☺️??

  • Seriously I need a video. I’m probably one of the special ones that actually need a step by step visual. I got as far as sewing, but attaching the three pieces has me up a wall baffled. Thank you in advance.

    • I was having trouble picturing it, too. I made some “dummy” tubes out of paper and taped them where any stitching should go. I was able to follow the instructions successfully this way without possibly messing up my actual materials. I tend to need video or lots of pictures, too, but this was actually rather simple once I got started with the paper and tape. I know this is an old comment, but maybe my idea will still help someone.