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Create Luxe Fabric-covered Hangers

Sumptuous, padded hangers can be made from bits and pieces of your best fabrics.

Sumptuous, padded luxe hangers are saved, hoarded, and given the best spot in any closet; however, very few individuals splurge on them for their own wardrobe. This sounds like a job for the SewStylish seamster! Making luxe hangers from bits and pieces of your best fabrics is so easy that you can whip out a dozen in one lazy Saturday: one for every friend, cousin, and coworker. Present them tied with a coordinating ribbon, and they’ll feel pampered for sure.

Custom padded hangersTreat a friend to a custom padded hanger— or seven.

You can make gorgeous luxe dress hangers from virtually any leftover garment or home-decorating fabric— as long as it isn’t too stiff to gather onto the ready-made base. Dupioni, velvet, and even soft suede work well. For the more tailored striped coat hanger above, fabric with a bit of stretch is slightly easier to use than unyielding woven fabric that may require a few “fittings” to get a taut, smooth surface.

A fancy dress hanger

This fancy hanger’s base is a ready-made, padded dress hanger. To make the cover, you slip two tubes of fabric over the ends of the hanger, and then slipstitch them together at the hook.

Fancy dress hangersTIP: Sew a button at each end to prevent strappy dresses and lingerie from slipping off.

STEP 1: Measure

Measure the padded hanger’s depth and width. Sew two fabric tubes to fit (one for each side). Sew across one short end of each, trim, and then turn.

Cut the fabric tubes longer and shirr, if desired.

Slip on the tubes
STEP 2: Slip on the tubes

With the seams of the tubes aligned at the bottom of the hanger, slip them over the hanger ends. Turn under the raw edges at the hook, and slipstitch them together. Tie a coordinating ribbon on…

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  1. Pixistix | | #1

    I padded some coat hangers of mine with batting and then made covers for them. Thanks for the great idea.

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    kygal1224 | | #2

    Hi I am looking for a waist length jacket pattern. Does anyone have any ideas. Thanks for the help.

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    garytorres | | #3

    this is very useful.

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    hanimathie18 | | #4

    WOW! its incredible work

  5. Hayden Maund | | #5

    I really like it

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    Keith Scott | | #6

    Awesome keep it up .. great work

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