Intro: Covered Coat Hangers
Here is an idea for a Christmas gift you can make for teachers, grandma or Aunty, or elderly friends. The materials are inexpensive and easy enough for your kids to make, (if they’re tweens-teens, with a little help from you. Wrap a few in tissue paper with a lavender bag for a thoughtful hand made gift.
These Covered Coathangers look really pretty and they’re super practical too. NO sewing involved. Coathangers are an ingeniously simple design. Perfect for hanging business shirts, but not so perfect for many women’s tops and dresses. Strappy tops and light Summer dresses have a habit of slipping off just after you’ve hung them. You hang up the item again, and it slides off a second time. The coathanger is left swinging on the rack, almost daring you to do it again.
Step 1: Materials & Equipment
• Coloured rubber non-slip matting.
• Raffia thread
• Tapestry needle
• Wire & wood coathangers
• Pinking shears (optional)
Step 2: to Make the Wood Coathanger Cover
Cut piece of matting 48cm x 8cm. Trim with pinking shears (or plain scissors). Unscrew hook from hanger. Fold matting over the hanger with the front edge 1cm shorter than the back. Keep top edge straight and pin in position.
Stitch with a running stitch, over 2 holes and under 2 holes. To secure the thread, back-stitch the ends to make secure. Re-attach the hook.
Step 4: To Make Wire Coathanger Cover
Cut strips of matting 1.7cm wide by about 1.20m in length. Cut wide enough to allow a completely enclosed central channel to thread on to the wire. The length doesn’t need to be one continuous strip.
Carefully uncoil the twist of the wire hanger. Make sure to retain the shape so it can be re-twisted later. Thread the strip onto the wire. Start at the hook end. Keep to same threading pattern (E.g: over 2 holes, under 1 hole). Thread a few centimetres of matting, then spread this section along the wire to create space at the starting point. Then thread a bit more and spread it along.
Continue until the full length of wire is covered. Either continue until wire hook is covered, or leave it bare. Twist the wire hook back into it’s original shape.
To make the ruffled look, proceed the same as the previous threading (Steps 4-6), but cut 2.6m length of strips because you are bunching up the matting more. As you thread and spread the matting strips give them a few twists around the wire instead of keeping them flat. This takes longer than the flat cover but it creates a pretty, lacy look. Take your time.
To decorate, cut a thin strip, without any holes, thread beads through. These can sit half way along, or thread at the ends, and knot the thread to prevent beads falling off. These can be tied up in a bow at the base of the coathanger hook. Another option for decoration is to cut strips in 2 or 3 colours, and tie in a bow at the base of the coathanger hook. Try different ideas to see what combination you prefer.
Covered coathangers in three different styles - threaded, ruffled or stitched on.
Covered coathangers in three different styles and colours - threaded, ruffled or stitched on.
Ta Da! You’ve made some pretty and practical covered coathangers.