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We all love to feel like our valuables are safe and hidden away when we are on vacation, don’t we? And today’s sewing tutorial will help you to do just that. Sometimes you don’t get a safe in your room, and so where do you hide your jewellery, passports and cash? Why not hang it out of sight yet in an easy to reach place under your clothes? Here is how to make a fabric hanger safe so that you can do just that!
How To Make A Fabric Hanger Safe
Sometimes it’s nice to know that you have a little hiding place to safely store your things when you are travelling. And this ingenious clothes hanger does the job to perfection. By placing your clothes over this fabric closet safe, you can almost completely hide the storage area that it gives you. Thieves would never think of looking in your neatly hung clothes. And even if they did look, they would need to really inspect them closely to find this hanging hidey hole.
So how do you make one for yourself? Read on to find out more!
To Make A Fabric Hanging Closet Safe You Will Need
- Fabric – I chose some fabric scraps and decided to interface my fabric. But I would certainly recommend a cotton canvas weight material as a better idea for the outer layers. I also chose a plain white cotton poplin fabric for my pocket
- A zip – mine was about 10 inches long – or 2 zips if you wish to add one to the base of the safe too.
- Coordinating thread
- A heat erase pen.
- A sewing machine, iron, pins and scissors.
- An old plastic hanger
How To Make Your Closet Hanger Safe
Making the pattern
Make a template of a clothes hanger onto a large sheet of paper. Draw around the hanger, then add a seam allowance. I added a half inch allowance.
Cut two pieces of outer fabric, and an inner piece of pocket fabric that is twice the size of the pocket you want at the width of the pocket size you want. My zip was 10 inches long, and the width of the outer layers was 12 inches. I decided I wanted a pocket that was about 7 inches wide. And so I made the width of my pocket fabric around 9 inches.
Creating a side pocket
Next, place one outer layer to one side and iron a centre line crease in the outer layer and pocket fabrics. Place the two fabrics right sides together with the centre lines matching and pin them together.
Using the centre line as a guide, draw the outline of where you want your pocket opening to be onto the pocket fabric. I marked a long rectangle around half and inch long and 7 inches wide (so the outer sides were each 3.5 inches for the centre fold). I also drew a line inside this opening.
Next, stitch around the outer rectangle to join the pocket fabric to the outer fabric.
Next, it is time to cut along the centre line. Take a sharp pair of scissors and cutting along the centre line through both the pocket layer and the outer layer. At the ends of the lines cut up to but not into the outer layer of stitches with diagonal cuts as shown above.
This leaves the pocket layer being able to be pushed through the outer layer of fabric. Push it through the hole you have just created and give it all a good press. From the outside it should now look like this:
It is time to insert the zip. Place the zipper under the pocket opening hole you have just created. And pin into place so that the zipper pull is just visible.
Sew neatly around the pocket opening hole – close to the edges. This sews the zipper into place and also anchors the pocket into place.
Finally, sew up the top and sides of your pocket, by flipping up the pocket fabric until it meets the top edge of itself right sides together.
Putting it all together
Now take this created side pocket piece and put it together with the outer outer piece. You can add a zip at the base at this point if you wish by sewing each sides of the zip to each of the two sides. This makes the whole project removable from the hanger so it can be more easily transported.
Or if you are happy to irrevocably seal an old hanger inside the project you can place the two sides right sides together and sew most of the way around the whole project, leaving an inch gap at the top for the hanger hook, and a large hole in the base so that you can insert your hanger.
Clip your corners and clip into the curves at the top. Then turn the whole project the right way out.
Now that the cover is the right way out it is just time to put the hanger in place. Ease the hook through the top hole of the cover then gently bend the hanger through the base hole.
And your fabric hanger safe is finished! The pocket is large enough to take your phone, keys, passport, jewellery and cash. And if you placed a bottom zip, you can slip a tablet or iPad into this section and zip it up before hanging!
If you don’t wish to place a zip at the bottom you can just slipstitch the bottom shut. Or add a line of topstitching to the base to finish it, which is what I did in this instance.
You have a finished Fabric Hanger Safe!
Your closet hanger safe is now ready to use to stash away whatever you need. They make great gifts for the travellers in your life, and are also a brilliant idea for things to sell.
Love This Post? Why Not Read Some Of My Other Sewing Posts?
I love to show you really easy projects that build your confidence and produce useful items. So why not read these other posts I have written?
- Zero Waste Projects For Your Home
- How To Use Up All Your Fabric Scraps
- What To Do With Old Greeting Cards
- Sewing Items That You Can Sell
I have loads of sustainable solutions on my site so why not go take a look?
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