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For mere pennies, you can have a pretty hanger. This one is for my little girl, but with more mature colors, etc. you could easily make them for adults too. All you need is a basic plastic hanger, yarn of any weight, and something pretty to attach to the neck. I used a wire butterfly from the dollar store. They are sold in packs of 3, so are very inexpensive! A silk flower hot glued to the front would also be cute.
Total Time: approximately 30-40 minutes
I went to Walmart the other day and they had Halloween shirts on clearance sale. I bought a couple thinking that it would great to have a couple of long sleeved shirts next Halloween. Anyway the cashier asked me if I would like the hangers. I thought a minute and then asked "Don't you guys reuse these?" She replied that most of the time they just get thrown away. So I said sure I would take the hangers.
On the way home I thought about how I could cover them to make them nice enough to be used as Christmas presents for my girlfriends. On a tight budget like everyone else this year I still want to be able to give something to my closest friends. I knew I had some yarn that was like a denim and other colors I could use from other projects and except for my time these gifts would practically be free. So I sat down with my hook and some yarn and designed these easy covers for free.
They really are quick and easy so you can make lots of them and you will be helping to keep the earth green, as with all plastics it takes a long time for these to break down in the landfill. Crochet a couple of extra and take them to your local nursing home, these are perfect for hanging nightgowns on because they help to keep the gown on the hanger. These could be made for men also, just use more earth tones. I added a bow to the top and a small easy sack made from wired ribbon so that the ladies could add their favorite perfume or essential oil.
Time to Complete: 30 minutes crochet time
By Debra from Colorado
I just crochet a very very long chain. Then, even if it's too short, it can be added to and continued. I put some hot glue to the base of the "hook" and wait for it to cool. Then, you simply wrap it around, gluing every 4-6" until it's all the way around and meeting up with the other end.
I have a pattern for crocheting wire hanger covers. The pattern is simple. Use two wire hangers tied together by the hook.
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I want to know the instructions to wrap yarn on a coat hanger. I know the way I have been doing it is not correct, although it works. Do you have instructions?
Google search for how to do macrame. I used to do this years ago and made some nice macrame knots on metal hangers using various knots.
You said in your directions that you had made changes to the original" crochet plastic coat hanger" directions. My grandmother used to make these for the whole family. Although the basic pattern is the same, she did some things that make them a bit different from yours. Was wondering if you could email me the original instructions so that I could see if they are what she did. Thanks. BJ
My email is: TheBGs@comcast.net.
PS: I worked on these all winter and have been giving them to family on birthdays.
How do you start to wrap a wire clothes hanger with yarn, but not with a crochet hook or knitting needle?
I remember as a kid someone taught my to finger crochet a sort of slipknot for hangers without using a hook or needle. First make a knotted loop then hold the hanger between your knees and "finger crochet around the metal hanger, using a slipknot to tie it finished.
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I am looking for the instructions on covering wire coat hangers.
By pamiesue from Fredericton, NB
I found this one:
Crochet Covered coat hangers
Why not crochet some covers for all those plastic hangers you have in your closet. They help protect your clothes and stop them from slipping off onto the floor. Follow the pattern and make 2 pieces. Slip each piece onto the end of the coat hanger, pull together, and overcast stitch on both sides of the hanger. Do this for the top and the bottom to get a snug fit.
How do I make yarn covered coat hangers?
By paula from Dallas
They are easy!
Here's a link to the pattern I figured out to crochet. I didn't like any of the patterns I found, so I came up with my own.
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You can crochet a strip about 8-10 stitches single crochet wide and then measure the hanger. Then you can sew with a yarn needle or crochet them on to make a tube. I hope that's not too confusing.
We grew up covering coat hangers. It is a braiding method, beginning at the neck of the hanger.
By Lee in TX
I found a good illustrated resource for yarn covered hangers at:
On my personal website I have directions for the braided covered wire coathangers, crochet covered coathangers, and a material covered coathanger.
My girlfriend and I made a ton of these for gifts one year. If you use wire hangers, put two of them together. It makes for a thicker hanger. You only need one if you use the plastic hangers. We didn't cut the yarn, though, as instructed below, we just used the whole skein of yarn rolled into a ball. Tie a knot in the lower right corner, wrap yarn around hanger and grab it to make a loop. Bring ball of yarn through loop and pull tight. Do this until you go around the entire hanger. Then tie off the yarn when you're done. We also tied yarn bows at the top of the hanger, below the hook section.
Have fun. Once you get the hang of it, you can make them really fast. You can even do this with two different colors, just tie them both together when you start and follow the above directions. It's harder to use two colors, though, until you get used to doing this with one color.
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I did this several years ago for some hangers. To make the yarn easier to manage I made a ball a little smaller than a tennis ball. I did the hanger as though I were casting on to a knitting needle. After going all the way around the garment area I knotted it and made a small yarn bow, I left the part which goes over the closet rail bare. I plan to show my grand daughter how to do this. (10/10/2007)
By Marty Dick
You can also use fleece to cover clothes hangers. Make sure the fleece you use has a napped side as well as a fuzzy side. I used Windpro fleece that I had left over from an earlier project, but any fleece that is not too stretchy will do. You can actually use any heavy material that will not fray and will not leave lint.
I cut long strip-60 inches-the width of my material. I used the width of my ruler as a guide to cut the strip. Measure down 3/4 of an inch and cut the ends on a diagonal. With the napped side up, start wrapping from the neck of the hanger. Wrap diagonally around the hanger a couple of times and with a needle and thread stitch the end and wrap the thread around the hanger neck a couple of times then knot in the material. Leave the needle attached.
Keep wrapping diagonally, stretching strip so it fits smoothly and snugly on the wire (like a tenser bandage). Overlap as you go. My strip was 1 1/4 inches wide and I overlapped by 3/4 of an inch. When you get to the neck cut again on the diagonal and stitch and wrap the end to the neck of the hanger. (10/10/2007)
I braid my hangers with Nylotex Selvedge. It is a great winter hobby and it recycles the wire hangers. You can double them up for sturdy coat hangers. All of my closets are full. You will never fold a t-shirt again. They also make great gifts. I used them as gifts on our trip to the Dominican Republic. The housekeepers there treated us like royalty. (11/03/2007)
By Joyce Robertson
I a looking for the pattern for crocheted hangers.
Anyone know how to crochet a pad for a wooden coat hanger so when your clothes hang they don't get the bump on the shoulder? Thank you! Rio Lady