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Dress Bag

It's that time of year where girls of every age need to look after their party dresses so this simple dress bag is an ideal way to transport that frock or to give as a personalised gift.

By adjusting the size and fabric choice it could easily be adapted to be used as a man’s jacket or suit cover instead.

Materials you will need:

  • 1.5 mtr Fabric

  • Iron on Fabric Sheets

  • Hanger

  • Threads

Draw around your hanger to get a template, mark where hook section will poke through.

Add seam allowance plus ease around edges. I have added 2 cm up near hook and angled to 4 cm at outer edge & 5 cm at shoulders, this is to allow extra space for garment shoulder and sleeve.

Extend the side edges vertically down to allow for length of garment. (I extended down 95 cm but you can adjust depending on length wanted).

Place on a double layer of fabric, pin & cut out.

Cut a square of fabric measuring 35 x 35 cm.

Neaten the edges of all 3 fabric sections (I have used an over locker but you could use a zigzag stitch or pinking shears).

With the square section turn 1.5 cm over along top edge, pin and stitch in place.

Fold over other 3 edges by 1 cm then press to keep in place.

Taking one of the large fabric sections place right side up then place the square piece on top (right side up). Making sure it’s in the centre about 15 cm from the bottom edge. Pin into place.

Hand baste in position.

Top stitch along edge of sides and bottom of square to produce a pocket.

Remove basting stitch.

Place the front and back pieces right sides together & mark position where hook will go through.

Stitch up both sides using a 1 cm seam allowance, leaving the opening for the hook & bottom edge free.

Turn in the right way then press before turning up the hem edge 1.5 cm and stitching into place.

This can now be decorated to co-ordinate with the padded hanger.

You now have a pretty dress cover with a useful pocket to place your matching accessories.

© by Nicky Broom at Sew and Snip for The Craft Cotton Company 2016.

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