Wednesday, March 4, 2015

wire coat hanger make over

Save vintage linen and make these gorgeous coat hanger covers,  this is such a great idea for damaged linen and doilies

First, choose your fabric (I used vintage tablecloth scraps) and place your hanger over the part of the fabric which you want to show.

Next, trace* around your hanger making sure to include a seam allowance. I allowed for a 1/2" seam and a little over an inch for the bottom to hang below the wire.
*I always trace around each hanger I cover. Even though wire hangers seem to be the same, they can vary - and by a lot!

 Cut out two pieces (front and back) of fabric, along your traced line.

 If your piece of fabric isn't hemmed on the bottom edge, now is the time to do that.

 I mark (on the wrong side of fabric) where the neck of the hanger will come through. With wrong sides together, sew from that mark to the bottom edge for both sides. Make sure to leave that 1/2" open at top for the hanger to fit through.

 Before I turn and press, I clip the seam allowance with pinking shears.

 The fun part is adding some embellishments.
I love the scalloped edge on this one!

 Adding a button a couple inches from each shoulder makes a cute way to keep a thin strapped dress from sliding off the hanger.

 Do you have any old embroidered pillowcases laying around?
They make pretty hanger covers too!
Thanks to cherished vintage for the tutorial

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