I’ve noticed some beautiful padded hangers for sale around the holidays and thought that they would make a great gift, or better yet a great addition to my own closet. Since I have plenty of extra fabric lying around, and some leftover lavender flowers, I thought I would attempt to make my own with the addition of lavender to add some wonderful fragrance to my closet.
~ wire hanger
~ duct tape
~ batting or other soft thick fabric for padding like terry cloth
~ fill-able teabag – make one from a coffee filter or thin muslin
~ dried lavender flowers – or other fragrant herbs like mint leaves or dried lemon balm
~ scrap fabric – needs to be approx 12 in. x 18 in. for one hanger
~ ribbon – I used about 1.25 yards of 5/8 in. satin ribbon.
The padded hangers usually start with single wooden hangers but I only have one or two of these and I did not want to spend the extra time or money to go out and get more. So, I thought, why not try some of the many wire dry cleaner hangers we have and make a padded hanger from them?
I started by covering one with duct to create the shape I wanted and to give it extra stability.
Then I filled my teabags with lavender flowers. You can use any herb you would like. If you don’t have fillable tea bags you can make something similar by cutting up a coffee filter and filling it with herbs. Or simply add some essential oil to the cotton batting.
Glue the teabag to the middle of the hanger. Then cut strips of quilters batting and wrapped it around the hanger, covering the tea bag. You could probably use other cotton material or old terry cloth towels if you don’t have batting.
Next fold the fabric so that there are four layers, and lay half of the hanger on top. Use a thin marker, on the wrong side of the fabric, to outline the one side of the hanger slightly past the middle. Cut out the traced pattern. You will now have four pieces. Put two together with right sides facing and sew along the edge leaving the flat end open. Then turn it right side out.
At this point you need to add more padding to the ends to make it nice and round. I just added some with a bit of glue before sliding the fabric tube on.
Once your fabric is on the hanger you can turn the raw edges under and slip stitch the two together at the center.
To add a finishing touch take some pretty ribbon and wrap the top of the hanger. Start at the tip with a little glue to attach the ribbon and continued to wrap it all along the neck to cover all the exposed wire. Then take another piece of the same ribbon and folded it in half lengthwise to make it narrow. Attach it to the bottom of the hanger to cover where the center seam using a little glue and tied a bow at the neck.
Give it a try. They would make a great wedding shower/baby shower gift and if nothing else you can use them to freshen up you own closet.