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A Peek Inside

Martha Stewart Living, January 2009

Digital pictures, tucked into card-stock tags with windows, identify the contents inside each garment bag. Breathable and inexpensive, the canvas bags can be dressed up with colorful bias tape, applied with an iron and fusible webbing.

Comments (27)

  • marymary897 4 Feb, 2011

    I searched everywhere for these adorable tags but to no avail. So, I made my own template from the nice picture above and it works fine. Although, I'll still be watching for Martha's template to be posted.

  • twingirl 1 Feb, 2011

    A budget-conscious option is to use a cotton pillowcase - just open a small gap in the centre of the short seam, and put it over the hanger hook. King size cases are usually long enough to cover a jacket, and pillowcases are often discounted when the matching sheet sets are all sold out.

  • janbell 31 Jan, 2011

    I Love these canvas garment bags. I have not seen them anywhere. Does anyone know where I can buy them. If so please send me a comment to a name, number or email. Thanks

  • kvp 31 Jan, 2011

    To Paula Hale response.....I realize this is a comment from 2009, but......I don't know about you, but clothes that I do not wear often, i.e. dresses, suits, or my husband's suits, have to be kept in a garment bag. Just let them hang in your closet uncovered for 6 months or a year, without wearing, and you'll have dust on the shoulders. I've seen it on long sleeve shirts that my husband wears only in the winter, and there is dust on the shoulders / neck of the shirt. So that is why I keep "cl

  • susanpatt 24 Sep, 2010

    where can i find the cards with the windows?

  • bumblebeemv 30 Mar, 2010

    you should try The Container Store, if you do not have store in your area they have web site

  • bumblebeemv 30 Mar, 2010

    you should try The Container Store, if you do not have store in your area they have web site

  • NadineD 29 Mar, 2010

    I can't find these canvas garment bags (without plastic) anywhere! Has anyone else found them, and if so, where are they? Thanks!

  • nuof 29 Mar, 2010


  • smittycdm 16 Mar, 2009

    Most of the garment bags I have (from Nordstromn n n n n n s back when I wore suits) are a coated material which doesnn n n n n n t breathe. In n n n n n d like to have CLOTH garment bags, and yes, I can do the research <wink>. Just thought I might use knowledge and experience of the brainiacs who reside here. I also know remove the dry cleanern n n n n n s bags before placing the clothing in the garment bags (the cleanern n n n n n s bags emit gases and changed colors of the clothes!) I live in SoCal and I put my winter wool clothes aw

  • MissMarple 14 Mar, 2009

    Thanks to the people who offered alternatives to buying the windowed tags--good ideas! I was thinking these tags might be cute in scrapbooks and other paper crafts, too. That's why I liked the clear window that you can slip something into. Thanks again for the suggestions!

  • corknut 13 Mar, 2009

    You don't even need the fancy tag. Just paste the picture on an index card. Cover with clear contact paper. It works great! I've stored my winter coats and Jackets this way for years!

  • modmate 13 Mar, 2009

    What a fabulous idea. I have my formal wear in black garment bags and honestly forget what I have. this will be so helpful and maybe I will wear the items more often.

  • catmandodo 13 Mar, 2009

    You should take pictures of all your valuables for Insurance purposes and store them in a safe and fireproof place as a matter of course. I am not sure clothes meet the criteria for valuables unless they are designer.

  • catmandodo 13 Mar, 2009

    You should take pictures of all your valuables for Insurance purposes and store them in a safe and fireproof place as a matter of course. I am not sure clothes figure as valuables unless they are designer.

  • anniequinn 13 Mar, 2009

    I'm thinking of emptying my Rubbermaid boxes and taking pictures of the contents and then storing them back in and taping the pictures on the side of the box - much nicer than black marker - what a time saver

  • charlig 13 Mar, 2009

    i love this! i just wish there were links for were to purchase the products.

  • talent 13 Mar, 2009

    I really need to do this. I live in the north end of the San Fernando Valley, CA, and we have such high winds here and especially after the fires my clothes get covered in dirt even with the closet doors closed. I just need to find the breathable garment bags.

  • therapydogmom 13 Mar, 2009

    I agree with roxxann, just enjoy looking at the ideas...and let everyone else off the hook.

  • roxxann 13 Mar, 2009

    To all the nay sayers .... this is a wonderful idea. Think outside the envelope for just a minute, will you? Where was it suggested that your everyday wardrobe should be handled with this treatment? Make it your own or not. But, the old addage here stands .... if you don't have someting positive to contribute ... why bother taking up space. To all the craetive thinkers ....... bravo!

  • Heather416 13 Mar, 2009

    MissMarple - you could use clear luggage ID tags or just glue the printed photo to a regular stock tag available at most office supply stores. Or make your own from card stock and then you can choose your colour and print the photo right onto the card stock before cutting out the tags. This could go on and on.

  • love4art 13 Mar, 2009

    This one's a hoot! Try removing the hanging bags, and then rehang the clothing in the closet. Voila! You can now see everything at a glance! Additionally, the clothing can now "breathe." Who wants apparel that has been kept for more than a couple of off-seasons anyway?

  • MissMarple 13 Mar, 2009

    Can anyone tell me where the tags with windows can be purchased? Thanks!

  • Lica4576 13 Mar, 2009

    This is great! I've been on the fence about garment bags, but my anal retentive mother has kept her clothes in garment bags for years and the clothes last longer like this. They also remain remarkably wrinkle free. I might just need to try this. Thanks Martha and crew!

  • lbuser 13 Mar, 2009

    I must be really bad but I just do not store items in hanging bags. This is such a foreign idea for me. It must be my California upbringing where we just don't have seasonal clothing. Now that I live in Kansas I guess I will have to get used to this new idea. I really like the idea of putting these tags on shoe containers though, I love shoes and this will be a big help since I have now learned that shoes are seasonal, too.

  • paulahale 13 Mar, 2009

    Why would you have your clothes in a garmet bag in your closet in the first place?

  • gsd1020 13 Mar, 2009

    I have also done this for shoes by taking a digital picture and pasting it on the outside of the (either original) shoe box or the clear pastic containers.