made with love: fabric covered hangers


These days I’ve been kind of obsessed with making fabric covered hangers inspired by a recent vintage find. You use up small bits of fabric you can’t stand throw away while turning an otherwise depressing closet of wire hangers into something really special. What’s not to love?

CLICK HERE for the full instructions (and more images) after the jump!

What you’ll need:

– wire hanger
– fabric measuring at least 14” by 9” (mine is windham fabric’s “a little bid told me”)
– scissors
– pins
– thread
– ruler
– scrap paper
– iron

1. Trace a hanger onto a piece of scrap paper to make a pattern


2. Add ½” seam allowance to the top of the pattern and 1 ½” allowance on the bottom


3. Cut out 2 and hem the bottoms by turning up ¼” and stitching. Right sides together, pin and stitch along the top, leaving a ½” slot open in the center to slip the hanger through. The bottom stays open so you can remove the hanger if needed.


4. Turn right side out and press with iron. I made a small bow to hand stitch at the opening because I’m girly like that.


5. Even though wire hangers get a bad rap, they can be pretty useful around the house; great for traveling and making bizarre thingamajig tools in a pinch. Plus, when covered in fabric, clothes can actually stay put on them.



hmm, maybe you could add some batting to pad the top of the hanger a bit to help prevent shoulder nipples?


I LOVE this idea! Simple but practical. I wonder if you could do a modified version with batting like Angelune suggested, except instead of covering the entire hanger, you could just cover the wire and then be able to hang pants.


Maybe I am wong, but it seems like a lot of work for a WIRE hanger

Ms. Monica

My mom used to make these with lace and fill them with potpourri.

julie k

Brings back glorious memories of hiding in my grandma’s closet during hide-and-seek. Love!!! Adding a sachet is genius, Ms. Monica’s mom.


Ha! I remember those hanging in closets when I was a kid (and I’m not _that_ old!) Love the idea and you could do it with ugly plastic hangers too.


Here is a thought, there is pre-quilted fabric available. Perhaps using that would address the nippling, and you could use a layer of tulle on the outside to contain lavender…


Amy, you are so freaking clever, it kills me. I’m resisting the urge to do away with all my wooden hangers!


Loving all the DIYs lately! And I just can’t get enough of your site design either. I usually read my blogs within Google reader, but always have to click out for design*sponge, just ’cause it’s so pretty to look at : )

beka rendell

my husband just started a new job so we are going to the dry cleaners all the time, now I will have something to do with all of the hangers!! thanks!


I’ve seen in old Mode & Travaux the same hanger with a zip to put things inside


How lovely! However, a couple of years ago I bravely threw out every single wire and plastic coat hanger I owned and replaced them with wooden ones. Needless to say, when we moved to Oxford, I quickly discovered that Edwardian wardrobe I found on ebay was too narrow for the blasted things and had to buy plastic ones… maybe I’ll liven them up as you suggest.


So cute! Using the stretchy foam hanger covers that might be laying around in a closet might also help with hanger lumps on clothes.


Beautiful, love this idea! I was just thinking I would probably add velcro to the bottom instead of sewing it so that it is washable. Nice work!


I did something similar with my wooden hangers a while back. It was super easy, and now my clothes don’t slip off and onto the floor, and they’re so pretty. I just used a glue gun and fabric scraps – no sewing!
Photos & Instructions on Flickr


I love these, they are cute enough to hang outside of the closte, which is great because my wardrobe has definitely outgrown my closet!


I love this…..No wire hangers here, but plenty of those horrid plastic ones. This is a great idea


i always get these wired hangers from the drycleaning service i use, and i didn’t know what to do with them. I saw a similar How To somewhere on the net, and that was just the thing i needed to keep and use them! The tutorial i found was different in the way that it had a ‘neck’ and was closed at the bottom, not left open. But either way it looks great!


I’ve made these out of fleece fabric to cover some plastic hangars. The fleece makes it a bit padded and deeps your clothes from sliding off. Great idea. I like the bow!


I made something like this but made my hangar bottom an extra 3″ longer and put a zipper in it. It’s a great way to travel to hold underwear, hosiery or even a great hiding place for jewelry or other important items you just don’t want laying around.

Carol Ann

Wonderful idea…great xmas gifts
I could use all the great disco fabrics from work that I have been saving…


What a cute idea! I’m going to modify with a craft I already do – yarn covered hangers (something I picked up from my grandfather of all people).

Was thinking I’d use yarn or ribbon knotted around to cover the wire part on top – and this way you can also use two wire hangers for extra strength.

For the instructions on yarn wrapping, go here:

Oh – and you can use fancy yarns and even ribbons too. Just note that the yarn tied in knots is very thick – it actually works best with the super cheap yarn. If you go fancy on the yarn, just don’t go to thick.


reminds me of the hangers i have somewhat – my great grandmother used to cover wire hangers with yarn braided around them, which not only made them pretty but also kept tops from slipping off them. they’re now in my closet :)


This would also be a terrific idea for those off-season or seldom-worn clothes that collect dust on the shoulders in between wearings ~ put the cover *on top* of the clothes.

A kahlon

i want to make some really pretty fancy hangers for my upcoming wedding. the problem is i want to make them in a way where the whole hanger isnt ‘covered’ like the one shown above, but infact there is padding/lining on all of its sides. i.e, the middle area of the triangle is visible and just the wires are coated/padded/decorated….
can anyone help me how to find out how to do that ? ill be SO grateful