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At home or out and about, this garment bag will protect all your treasured styles – and best of all you can sew it yourself!

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+ Cotton fabric
+ Zippers, 1 each 100 cm and 22 cm (40" and 9") long
+ Decovil (Vilene/Pellon)
+ Bias tape (approx. 2.80 m / 3 1/8 yds)
+ Tape measure
+ Straight pins
+ Scissors
+ Ruler
+ Sewing ruler
+ Thread

DIY Garment Bag Step 1 2

Step 1: Cut bag fabric to approx. 120 cm x 100 cm (48″ × 40″). Finished bag then measures approx. 60 × 100 cm (24″ × 40″). For pocket, cut a piece, 26 × 19 cm (10 1/4″ × 7 1/2").

Step 2: Cover zipper ends: For beginning and end of the 22 cm zipper, cut two tabs, each approx. 2.5 × 5 cm (1″ × 2″). On each tab, fold ends under, fold in half, and pin over end of zipper.

DIY Garment Bag Step 3 4

Step 3: Edgestitch tabs to ends of zippers – the ends of the zipper are now neatly covered.

Step 4: Cut a 4 cm (1 1/2") wide strip from one long edge (upper edge) of pocket piece. Press each cut edge under, 1 cm (3/8") wide. Sew zipper under these fold edges so that zipper teeth remain visible.

DIY Garment Bag Step 5 6

Step 5: Bind all pocket edges with bias tape. First unfold bias tape and pin one open edge to pocket edges, right sides facing. Stitch along visible crease of fold to attach bias tape.

Step 6: At each corner, stop stitching 1 cm (3/8") before the corner and backstitch to secure. Fold bias tape to form a right- angled corner and continue stitching on adjacent edge.

DIY Garment Bag Step 7 8

Step 7: Fold bias tape to wrong side, forming sharp corners. Place pocket on centre of bag piece, approx. 15 cm (6") from upper edge. Edgestitch all pocket edges in place.

Step 8: From Decovil, cut 2 handle pieces, each 26 × 1.9 cm (101/4″ × 3/4"). Cut 4 pieces of bias tape, each 26 cm (101/4") long. Iron 1 piece of bias tape over each handle as shown.

DIY Garment Bag Step 9 10

Step 9: Lay remaining pieces of bias tape on handles, to cover open sides. Edgestitch these pieces of bias tape in place.

Step 10: Cover ends of long zipper (see Steps 2 and 3). Press long edges of bag piece to wrong side, 1 cm (3/8") wide. Stitch zipper under these edges. Fold bag so that zipper lies along centre.

DIY Garment Bag Step 11 12

Step 11: Pin upper and lower edges of bag closed and pin handles to centres of these edges as shown. Stitch ends of handles in place.

Step 12: Cut 2 pieces of bias tape, to match upper and lower edges of bag. Unfold each piece. Pin one open edge to edge of bag.

DIY Garment Bag Step 13 14

Step 13: Stitch along visible crease of fold to attach bias tape.

Step 14: Fold bias tape over edge, pin in place, and edgestitch in place.

DIY Garment Bag Step 15

Step 15: Fold each strap up and edgestitch strap edges to bias tape on bag edge.



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    Mar 17, 2018, 02.48 PMby hello Itsme

    wonderful idea!!!!!! ideal for carrying special garments, esp ones that i have sewn! and washable. thank you BS for this idea!

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    Mar 14, 2018, 07.11 PMby Padmehlc

    Thank you cid! That looks like it will work! The ones I have bought have all had the hole in the center of the top seam so I was trying to figure out how that would work. Your solution is much easier!

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    Mar 13, 2018, 11.14 PMby Padmehlc

    The instructions on how to put in the opening for the the hangers on the top was left out. Would you just put bias tape on both sides of the top edge before sewing together and then just skip the center part or would you use 3 pieces of the bias and sew the edges together with the bias on each side separately then ring the opening with the third?

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      Mar 14, 2018, 12.29 AMby cid

      It looks like there’s an opening at the top of the zipper for the hanger to go through, not through the top of the bag.

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    Mar 12, 2018, 04.39 PMby JOCELYNEH

    Good idea and washable. It will be on my to do list. the pocket is a plus

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