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Hanging Door Pockets

Welcome to SewVeryEasy, my name is Laura. And today we’re going to make these quick and easy reversible bags. The bags are made so that they will fit over a doorknob and it’s a great little thing to have right by your front door to put your keys and your wallet in. Or you can put them in any door of the house and it’ll be a great storage for little things that you do not want to lose. Now you do not have to reserve these just to doorknobs because you could put them on a hook and bring them into any room of the house. They’re quick and easy. let’s get started let’s start with my favorite piece which is the fabric today I’ve chosen this line from Timeless Treasures. It’s called Tribeca. And I love all the colors because it can go for a masculine, and it can go for a feminine, and it can go for children. Another thing you’re going to need is thread because you’re going to make buttonholes, so make sure you get a nice color thread to go with your fabric. So these bags are nice and stiff they’re soft but they’re still stiff so that they will hold the shape. And they get their shape from an interfacing. And that stiffness will give it so that it keeps this open shape so that when you throw your things in, it’s easy to retrieve them back out. And this product is from Pellon and it’s fusible on one side. And it’s almost like a piece of paper is what it feels like, a heavier piece of paper, so it’s still bendable but it will keep its shape. Now because the bags are reversible, it is nice to have a high contrast. You could do them in the same color, but it’s nice to have the contrast. And cut them both to 16½-inch squares. Once the fabric has been cut you need to cut it in half on the diagonal. Going corner to corner, cut it right in half. So now you have enough for two pockets. Now cut the interfacing a half inch smaller so it’s 16 inches square. And again you’re going to cut it on the diagonal and you will have two triangles. After you’ve cut your interfacing in half down the center, I need you to trim off the corners. Just snip a little piece off. And do that to all the corners. And then take the interfacing and you’re going to fuse it on only one side. And match up the squared sides and you will notice that the side that you did that long cut in, there’s a seam allowance that is exposed there. That’s good because that’s just going to make things a lot easier when we get to the next stage. Place your two pieces together, right sides touching, and now you’re going to sew them together. And you’re going to sew all the way around, leaving an opening so that you can turn it right-side out. Now on this side you’re actually going to use that line there as the seam guide and then just stitch the ¼” here. So you’re going to start here stitching, turn at the corner, go all the way up, turn at the corner, go down, turn again, and leave an opening here so that you can turn it right-side out. And you can see the stitching is right along that edge but I’ve sewn right over the interfacing on this other side. Now because you’ve cut off the ends, you will not actually have any interfacing right in that corner. And that’s okay because it’s going to add less bulk in this area. Now on the corners snip off that extra. So you’re going to want to cut straight but not cutting into the [stitching] threads. And do that to your three corners. Now take it to the iron and take the opening that you’ve left here, and take the fabric and iron it right up against that opening on both sides. By taking the seam allowances and folding them and ironing them against this edge, it’s going to make it a lot easier to finish it. So now just turn it right-side out and poke out your three corners. Now you can see already that this looks like it’s closed because it has been pressed in that direction. And because you cut off that little piece of interfacing in the corner, there’s not as much fabric in bulk in here, so you’re able to get a nicer point. And give it a good press. Do not close this because you’re going to be able to close it and finish the bag all in one step. So to show you where the buttonhole goes, it’s going to go in the corner here of the square, not in one of the cut corners. Leave yourself a little room up at the top and draw down a 2½” buttonhole. And you 𝑛𝑒𝑒𝑑 to do that big of a buttonhole. Now your machine will probably not have a buttonhole that big but you will be able to override it and just do a very large buttonhole. If not, do a zigzag down one side, anchor the top, do another zigzag and anchor the top, because you want that very large buttonhole. So that very large buttonhole is done. And having that interfacing there will keep it nice and straight. The buttonholes done. Well, the next part’s really easy. You’re going to fold the bag into three. And you want each of these ends to meet up to the edge. So this end is going to meet to this edge; this point is going to meet up to this edge. And you’re going to have all three layers here and you’re going to be able to just whip stitch this entire thing closed, catching all three layers. And by doing that you’re going to be able to close this opening up all at the same time. So make sure you get all three layers including that opening. And well you’re done. And by hand-closing the bags, the bags become reversible and they’re very easy to reverse. So the bags really were quick and easy. Now before you actually put the buttonholes right on your bag, give it a test on a scrap piece of fabric first for 𝑦𝑜𝑢𝑟 doorknob, because a lot of doorknobs are different sizes. The ½” seems to be a standard size that I have in my house but, well, yours might be a little different. So test those buttonholes first before you put it right on your bag. Now you can put a little button to decorate the bag if you’d like, however, they will always hang nice and open so that it’s very easy to put something in, and it’s very easy to take something out. Thank you for joining me today on SewVeryEasy. Feel free to subscribe and, as always, come on back. Let’s see what we’re sewing next time in the sewing room. Bye for now.

100 comments found

  1. This is absolutely perfect!! I've been looking for something to make as a catch all to hang at our door. Thank you so much for sharing!

  2. What a lovely idea. This will make a beautiful present for someone. Thank you. Only thing I would like to mention is, that I would have liked to see some of the sewing too.

  3. Hi and thanks for this tutorial! This is only my 3rd sewing project, so this may be a silly problem and question. I can't manage to fit the material beneath the foot to sew the very bottom and to make the hole. Can you advise on how to fit the material under the foot? I have ironed the material to flatten it out as much as possible, but hasn't helped the situation. Thanks again!

  4. Hy, What a lovely ideia. I´m from Brazil, and i didn't understand some steps. It´s possible for you write to me and explain the final step.(when you close the bottom of the pocket)?
    Thanks for all. Love, Flávia.

  5. Love that. It would work for remote controls which in my house, my husband buys anything that needs a remote control. I command hook on the side of an end table would do the trick!! Also in the car.

  6. I like this, I think I will try it. New to the channel, if you get a chance please come over and visit.

  7. Love this idea! I am going to connect three together lengthwise and make it into a hanging toiletry bag. I will add a button closure on the pockets below. Can't wait to try this.

  8. Question: When you stitch along the long side of the triangle, are you stitching 'next' to the interfacing or on the edge of the interfacing? Thank you for sharing.

  9. SewVeryEasy hi video is very useful. I have a channel also pls visit my channel or subscribe. If any suggestion pls tell me waiting for your reply

  10. Love this pattern!!  Sew easy, I made a bunch of them to hang in our trailer for remote controls, brushes, air fresheners, etc.  Anything that would fit, now all that stuff isn't cluttering up the few drawers I have.  I even sewed some of them with a seam down the middle to more securely hold the TV remotes.  Thank you!!!!  I used command hooks to hang them.

  11. Love your tutorials. Is there written instructions for the bags. I tend to do better watching and using a pattern to go by. Thanks.

  12. What a great idea. Certainly would come in handy. Thank you for sharing. Do you have a tutorial on slip stitching layers closed?

  13. I just made one of these, and it looks great. However, making a buttonhole big enough for a doorknob is trickier than it seems. A 2 1/2 inch buttonhole didn't go over any doorknob in my house, even though several measure smaller than 2 inches in diameter. I suggest using some scrap fabric to test out buttonhole lengths for your doorknob.

  14. I loved this project! Thank you for all the great pointers! I'm going to try it with my craft club I run with high school students. I topped stiched with a fancy stich and then added a large button for two reasons – one for decoration and 2 for function, just in case there's something to actually grab and go 🙂 i wish i could take 100% of the creative "ah ah" moment, but it was my boyfriends suggestion. I look forward to trying more with my club!

  15. Super erklärt … Ich liebe Ihre Videos… ich habe bereits viel gelernt über diese Erklärungen. Vielen lieben herzlichsten Dank.

  16. LOVED this!! I put a large whimsical button where the sides overlap, so I can also button it closed to take with me! (Also helps keep the over lapping sides together 😉) GREAT for taking with me when I travel – I can hang it on the motel room door, and bingo – my room key and car keys are always ready for me when I leave the room!! And BONUS, the bright pocket reminds me to take my room key as soon as I grab the door knob! 😊

  17. Nice idea, love your work and ideas, it makes me so excited , I just want to keep sowing….❤️🌹❤️🌹🇵🇹

  18. thank you so much, you helped me in my design project with this creativity. you're an inspiration. thank you again. best of luck 😘 #respect

  19. Just found your channel, and made these today. I am a complete beginner but your turorial was easy to follow. I even managed the bvutton holes without ever doing them before! Thanks for a great lesson

  20. Loved the idea but it would've been better if you actually did the sewing. Many of us newbies need to actually see the sewing to get a better picture of the instructions given. 😉

  21. would have been more helpful if you had shown the last step with the 'whip stitching' and showed a close up of the bottom of the bag, because im having a hard time envisioning how thats going to look good when you reverse it, but also stay strong enough for the seam to hold after a lot of use

  22. First I want to say thank you for sharing, I love this project. I like the fact that you can make two at the same time, great when someone comes to your home and likes and wants yours. Just whip out the other one, they get one and you can keep yours.

    The first time I made mine I bonded two colors of felt together, squared my fabric and Heat n bonded bias tape around the edges except the bottom and cut it in half. I then folded the bottoms one over the other and machine stitched the bottom with a decorative stitch. I didn't want mine to be reversible I just wanted two colors showing. I will be making more, they make great gifts.

  23. Who is not clicking the like botton, then why are you whatching this video then?
    This video is cute and nice

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