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by toogie ( edited 13 Feb 2018 ) 07 Feb 2018

UPDATE below-Hi Cuties, Some of you were inquiring how I made these Coat Hanger Safes, so I put together some photos and a few instructions. Please read all through before starting your project. You only have 2 pattern pieces to this project, but you will cut only one pocket and two front and back. The front and back are the same HOWEVER you will trim off one and one quarter inch from the bottom edge, of one piece only. We will refer to it as the back and this will be the one your zipper is on, with the pocket.

#1 shows how I made my pattern and marked my center and where to stop sewing on each side top. The cutting size for pocket is WRONG if you can read my pattern. You will need to cut one 5 inch x about 19 1/2 or 20 inch may be better.
#2-shows zipper sewn to the pocket piece.*Not shown is how I sewed my tabs to lengthen my zipper because all I had were 14 inch zippers. I am sure you can YouTube to find out how if you don't already know.* The photo also shows the back (**remember to trim 1 1/4 inch off the back BEFORE inserting zipper**) with the zipper sewn on, right and wrong sides, and then with pocket flipped wrong sides together to back-PRESS
#3 photo on top left shows trimming to fit (Hey, I can't be exact!)
photo top right shows matching front to back-**before you hem if you want to embroider do so now, but read info at end** you will need to match and put a pin on each edge at hem on front only, taking it to iron and pressing that outer fold. I say outer fold, because the next 2 images on this photo show how to turn and press your hem folding in twice.
#4 top left-shows hem before sewing-top right shows hem sewn and how it now matches the back with pocket.
Bottom left shows project reverse of how it matches and sewn all around, stopping at marks as in image bottom right
#5 top left shows how I pressed down about 1/2 inch at top where hanger inserts and edged finished around each side edge to top, with this fold down at top.
photo top right-turned right side out with pocket hidden inside!
bottom left-finished -pressed-hanger inserted
***bottom right-the blue shows embroidery on the front longer piece (*remember the back with pocket has 1 1/4 inch trimmed off*) decide how far you want your design to be from the top and bottom of this longer, from top to bottom, piece. I should have placed this 5x7 design about 5/8 inch higher, so I could have sewn my hem all the way across. I stopped at design, as to not sew over the flowers.
I embroidered before I pressed my hem folds, but I will wait next time, until I get them pressed. I will know exactly where I want my design to be, to not interfere with hem stitching.
As always I know a lot of you know how, but for those of you who don't, or need help, I hope that this has been helpful. If you need anything, just ask-Toogie
ps- I have made a pattern page in a pdf file. I have put the width size of my bottom edge 18 1/2 inch by 10 7/8 at center fold and drew my outer edges. If you are interested, I can send you my drawing, by email, BUT only give me your email address in a pm through INBOX at the top of this page. DO NOT post your email here, please. Thank you

Update-someone asked how to do the pocket-
For the pocket-
*1-Sew pocket on one zipper edge, sew back on other zipper edge.
2-Edge finish fabric and zipper edge together (so you don't get ravels caught when zipping-unzipping).
3-Edge finish other long edge of pocket and press under about 1/2 inch.
4-Press up, wrong side of pocket to wrong side of back . Stitch across the long side of pocket securing it to back. Trim any excess pocket at side curves of back.


by peafarm 12 Feb 2018

Loving this--in first picture I thought it looked like little hands and wondered why--seeing the wrong side of fabric I think. I think it was first picture.

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toogie by toogie 13 Feb 2018

I can see the 'hands' but never thought of that-lol-Enjoy!

by dottiemuir 09 Feb 2018

wow thank you for sharing this with us.

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toogie by toogie 09 Feb 2018

You're very welcome and also, Welcome to Cute. I hope you join in on all the topics. Don't be shy, we are a friendly bunch of Cuties and looks like with 2 flowers here, I'll give you your third (see the little flower number change?). We call it watering the flowers.
We have all our embroidery items we completed posted in Projects. But here in Community, there are more topics you click on to post. I'm sure you will find your way around and if you can't , just ask. Someone always has an answer. I hope you enjoy being a Cutie!-Toogie

by shirley124 08 Feb 2018

Thanks for the tutorial I must make one for my sister who is in a nursing home. Hugs

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toogie by toogie 09 Feb 2018

Please show us when you get it done Shirley. We would love to see your work.

by elemausi 08 Feb 2018

Thank you Toogie for this tutorial. I will try this too. I saved this as pdf with the free program "print friendly", which is a big help on all websites, because you can print ore transform in pdf only the things you are intersted for without any menu or advertises.

toogie by toogie 09 Feb 2018

I print to pdf file and I don't get the ads either. If you do try one, I'd love to see. I want to try your shirt makeover, would be nice to wear on my trips. However I don't have many tee-knit fabrics on hand.
I was thinking, tell me if this is a good idea. If a person had a stained front shirt, couldn't you use the center sleeve length, to make the inset down the center front, on the makeover shirt? And if the stain was high enough, I wonder if the cowl neck scarf could be made from the lower front and back of stained shirt?

elemausi by elemausi 09 Feb 2018

Yes, you think the same way as I do. I used for the insert a part from another shirt (the back) and the front with embroidey on it for another project as insert for a v-neck, which was to big. Only the stripes are new fabric. The leftovers from the shirt I use for embellishment.

toogie by toogie 09 Feb 2018

You know the saying? "Great minds think alike"-lol

dday by dday 09 Feb 2018

Can you give me the site for free progam "print friendly" Thank You.

jofrog2000 by jofrog2000 10 Feb 2018

Thanks elemausi, I use this all the time-have it pinned to my page header-but never thought to use it on a page like this. And dday, it's printfriendlyDOTcom

dday by dday 12 Feb 2018

Thank you jofrog

by markus 08 Feb 2018

Thank you

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toogie by toogie 09 Feb 2018

You're most welcome.

by haleymax 08 Feb 2018

Thank you.

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toogie by toogie 08 Feb 2018

You're very welcome. I would be so happy for you to try one..or more and share your photo with us.

by kustomkuddle 08 Feb 2018

Thank you!

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toogie by toogie 08 Feb 2018

You're welcome!

by dragonflyer 08 Feb 2018

Thanks, Toogie...I'm with should be a teacher!

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toogie by toogie 08 Feb 2018

I am hoping maybe I already am, here on Cute and at home, trying to help those who don't already know. We are all teachers or students and at some point, I can fit in either category.

by BeckyAndersen 08 Feb 2018

Thank you so much for the easy to follow directions and your generosity in sharing them! Wonderful instructions. These will make great gifts.

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toogie by toogie 08 Feb 2018

Well Becky it sounds like you are really interested. I along with others, would love to see your versions you make. Please share with all of us, your completed 'safe'. This is when I know my post really helped someone.

by jgwatchorn 08 Feb 2018

You are amazing!! Thankyou Janette

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toogie by toogie 08 Feb 2018

You're welcome Janette. They are so quick to do, once you make the first one, you feel more confident and then you may not stop.-lol It only takes 1/3 yd of fabric for the main piece and then a 5 inch x( I'd say) 20 inch to be safe when you turn up, for the pocket. I used an old white, heavy cotton sheet, for my pockets. So when do you think you'll make yours?

by pennifold 07 Feb 2018

YOU SHOULD BE A TEACHER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Great job on them Toogie, I love all of the instructions and your 'safe' hanger. Love Chris

toogie by toogie 07 Feb 2018

You mean that I made sense?-lol-I sometimes think, what if my thoughts are not in order. Thanks for liking my 'safes'.

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toogie by toogie 08 Feb 2018

Thank you Chris and Kay. I know you both sew well so we must help those just learning, or like me sometimes, those who are forgetful.