We've put together a practical beginner five-step sewing project: a portable coat hanger bag that organizes your bags and hangs flat against a wall on a hook, or neatly in your closet.
What You Need
1 meter x 1.5 meters of fabric, curtains or tablecloths from thrift stores work well
Wooden Coat Hanger with Crossbar
Equipment & Tools
1. Plan your hanger on paper. Decide how many pockets you want and how long you want the hanger to be. I opted for four pockets on a 40" hanger.
2. Measure the width of the inside of the crossbar of your hanger. This will be the width of your back or "base". Measure and mark the base of your hanger on the fabric, then add one inch around the sides and bottom, and five inches on the top for the hem and to wrap around the crossbar. Cut out your base including hem. Hem the sides and bottom.
3. Measure and mark the pockets, adding one inch all around and cut them out. Hem the top of each pocket.
4. Arrange the pockets on the base. Then fold the unfinished sides of the pockets in and pin to the base piece. Sew in place.
5. Sew the top around the crossbar…and voila, you're ready to add your bags and find a place to hang your new bag organizer!
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(Images: Kathryn Wright)