How to Make a Padded Coat Hanger
Anaïs is slowly but surely getting in to ‘proper’ clothes. Where there were babygrows now there are dresses. Where there were big pull on trousers now there are tights and cute tops. It’s nice that we’re heading in to this stage. Well I say nice, it’s interesting. I’ve never been a mum before so this is all new to me and I’m finding dressing the kids in the morning good fun. I won’t be able to choose their outfits for too long before they refuse to wear what I’ve picked out so I’m relishing it all while I’ve got the chance.
Along with this change in wardrobe comes time for a huge clean out of various drawers and cupboards that are heavy with clothes that no longer fit. Most of them were very generously given to us by my sister and by a friend of Robert’s who also had twins. All in mint condition and smelling of washing powder. But now it’s time to cull the sheer volume and have a good sort out.
Another wardrobe that needs exactly the same doing to it is mine. I’ve got maternity wear still in it, then post-maternity wear and also pre-maternity wear. Some of the clothes that I wore before babies I’ll never wear again but some of them I will. What I’m finding is that it is in chaos and that stresses me out so it needs me to focus and sort it.
Which is what I planned on doing.
And then I got thinking about my daughter’s wardrobe again and how I wanted to make it lovely even though she’s a little young to know, and I got distracted by wanting to make it lovely and now here we are a tutorial for making a padded coat hanger.
Hmmmmm, oh well.
- Cut a piece of wadding/stuffing that is large enough to wrap snugly around the hanger
- Cut in to the top so that the hook will poke out of the top
- Pin it in place around the hanger
- Stitch the wadding/stuffing up around the hanger. You can be as quick as you like with this as you just need it to be held in place around the hanger. It won’t be seen.
- Cut a piece of fabric that is approximately two centimeters longer than the hanger at either end
- Pin a single hem around the fabric and then pin the fabric around the hanger
- Stitch the fabric together creating an envelope with which to cover the hanger with, stitching around the hook and using a small stitch
- And that’s how you do that
You can leave it there if you want to. The hanger is covered and is looking great but I had some Japanese fabric left over that I had bought in the Summer and had used to make Anaïs a wee headband with.
She’s so tiny here. I look at her now and she’s so much bigger, sitting up and chatting away. It goes by quickly, no? Bit scared.
Anyway, I added a fabric flower to each of the hangers and they are easy to make. You can add them to anything you fancy they don’t have to be consigned to the inside of a wardrobe.
- Cut out three flower shapes measuring 6 inches, 3.5 inches and 2 inches
- Starting in the middle of the largest flower shape pull the needle up through the middle of the flower and then gather the fabric inwards threading the needle through the folds
- Continue to gather in the sides of the flower, sewing it in place with loose stitches
- Until it looks like the last picture. You needn’t be too precise with this as it’s not that type of flower, just go with it.
- Take the second largest flower shape and place it on top of the first, pulling the needle up through the center of the fabric
- Again, pull in the sides of the fabric stitching the fabric in to place
- Do the same with the smallest flower shape and before you know it you’ll have a three layered fabric flower
- I put a button in to the middle of mine to hide some of the stitches
- You can put a pin on the back and attach it to a coat or bag. They are multifunctional.
As you can see I haven’t hemmed the edges of the flower fabric. They’re a bit ‘shabbier’ than that and and I’m happy about that. They also only take about ten minutes each to make and that makes me even happier.
I’ve covered four hangers in total so far. I’d never done this before and I’m pleased with the way they have turned out. As they didn’t take that long I may think about covering the rest in time.
But for now Anaïs will get them. I really don’t care that she has no clue what they are. I know and I want to give to her.
I love this dress. I bought this from Baby Gap before Chrimtas and she wore it on Christmas Day. I daren’t try it on her as I think she may have outgrown even this one. A good thing I know, as it means she’s doing well but I LOVE THIS DRESS!
Ahhhhh! I think it’s pretty obvious that the first thing she’ll do with this hanger is………….
….. yes, there it is.
Do you like them, love?
Who knows if she does, it doesn’t matter. What matters is that she’s there, snotty and very bunged up, but she’s there. And all I can do is promise that I’ll always be there for her too.
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