Quick Garment Cover

By Noreen Doll.

I like to cover clothes hanging in my closet that I don’t wear very often, or that are seasonal.

Quick Garment Cover by Crafty Journal

It keeps dust off them and helps them stay clean until I wear them again.

Quick Garment Cover by Crafty Journal

You can create an easy garment cover with a kitchen trash bag.

It’s long enough to cover well, and wide enough to accommodate the hanger with clothing on it.


New Kitchen Trash Bag


How to Make a Garment Cover.

Quick Garment Cover by Crafty Journal

1. Open the bag so it lies flat.

2. Fold the bag in half longwise. The fold will be the center of the bag.

3. Cut off a very small piece from the top of the center fold.

Quick Garment Cover by Crafty Journal

Start with a small piece, because when the bag is folded like this it’s easy to cut off too much and make too large a hole.

You want the hole just large enough to allow the hanger to fit through.

Quick Garment Cover by Crafty Journal

4. Open up the bag and slip it over the hanger.

Quick Garment Cover by Crafty Journal

Leave the bag open at the bottom to allow for air circulation.


You can also use the large plastic bag from the store that your clothes travel home in.

An old pillow case works well for this, too, if you prefer to have a cloth cover. Just fold the same way and cut a tiny hole in the middle of the top.

Noreen Doll

Crafty Journal

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  1. I agree this is quick and easy way to cover some items. I have heard to NOT store clothes in the plastic bags from the cleaners. I don’t know if there is a difference in the plastic used in trash bags vs bags from the cleaners. But as you mentioned, an old pillow case may be a better option, especially for storing white shirts. From my experience, white shirt collars turn yellow when stored in plastic bags from the cleaners for long periods (6 mos to a year). Just a thought.

  2. Thanks for the input. I always leave the bags open at the bottom, and mainly like them for keeping the dust off the shoulders and collars of clothes.

  3. Long term storage is so difficult for clothes but so long as you’re just after short term protection this is the way to go! Long term you’re not supposed to use plastic or wood or cardboard, it needs to breathe, there can’t be tannins or acid or a zillion other things and using old bed linens is definitely the easiest option; pillow cases for small items and rolling in a sheet for larger items. But just to put something in the car a plastic kitchen bag is brilliant!.

  4. Love the very smart quick garmet cover that you shared on Dream Create and inspire!

  5. This is so nifty! Next time I travel I will do this instead! Thank you for linking up at the Tips and Tricks Link Party! Pinned!

  6. I am all about repurposing items for multiple uses. I always save those big, long shopping bags when I purchase an item of clothing and the clerk puts it in those. Just cut a hole in the top and there you have it. I have kept some clothing items covered in the closet for long periods of time with no staining using those bags.
    Thanks for sharing with us at Merry Monday.

  7. Great idea! Wish I had thought of this when we were moving!

  8. OMG, this is a fantastic idea!

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