Learn how to make fabric covered hangers for a great use of scrap fabric that turns ugly wire hangers into a work of art in your closet. Plus your clothes will no longer slip off the hanger with the added texture of the fabric.
There was a time when I was obsessed with designer quilting square charm packs. These are packs of 4 - 6 inch squares of fabric in coordinating colors and patterns for making beautiful quilts.
However, if you don't end up quilting you will have tons of scrap fabric. I've used these squares and other leftover fabric for lots of projects on this website. Fabric covered coat hangers are the latest.
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If you've ever gone to the dry cleaners then you know what I mean by wire hangers. They are the flimsy white coated wire hangers that tend to accumulate and are not the greatest for hanging clothes.
However, if you wrap scrap fabric around the wire hanger, not only does it become beautiful, the raw edges create enough texture to keep delicate dresses, blouses, and tops from falling off and ending up at the bottom of your wardrobe or closet.
- wire hangers
- scrap fabric
- tacky glue, fabric, or white glue
Gather a bunch of fabric scraps together in similar color hues or a combination of 2 or 3. Cut or tear the fabric into thin strips about 1.5 - 2 inches wide. I like the torn look but if you want you can use a rotary cutter to very precisely cut the width of the fabric.
Start at the tip of the hook of the hanger and put a little glue on the edge of the fabric strip. Also, place some glue along the wire hanger.
Then place and hold the fabric on the edge and start wrapping.
When you come to the end of a strip add a drop of glue and hold it for a few seconds.
Add the next strip of fabric, overlapping the last strip.
When you get to the base of the hook move along the hanger to the right.
Don't worry about loose threads. You can trim them off at the end.
Placing a line of glue just ahead of wrapping will make the fabric more secure. Continue wrapping and gluing pieces of fabric until you reach the end of the hanger.
Consider wrapping two wire hangers together with some washi tape or masking tape before adding the fabric. This made the hanger heavier however, in the long run, I didn't think it was worth the bother.
Try this trick with another type of hanger such as a thick plastic hanger.
Use a different type of fabric. Consider cutting up an old pair of jeans or an old t-shirt for your fabric. You could also use a ribbon. I just try to stick to the same weight of fabric for each hanger.
Here are the two versions with the double hanger in front.
I love the way they turned out. So colorful and fun and they really help silky fabrics and some cotton stay on the hanger. It sure beats the extra cost of velvet hangers.
Wouldn't they make a nice gift?
How to Make Fabric Covered Hangers
- wire hangers
- scrap fabric
- tacky glue
- Cut or tear strips of fabric in thin strips of variable lengths and roughly 1/2 inch wide.
- Start at the top of the hanger and place some glue on the edge of one end of a fabric strip.
- Then place it on the edge and begin to wrap the fabric around the hanger adn add a bit of glue to the wire hanger as you go.
- When you get to the end of a strip add more glue to the edge of the end of the fabric strip and press into place.
- Then add another piece of fabric slightly overlapping the last piece.
- Work your way down the right side of the hanger, around the bottom and up the left side.
- Use a small set of scissors to trim any wayward threads.
- Hang and enjoy.