Yarn Covered Coat Hangers

How do you make yard covered coat hangers? Tips from the ThriftyFun community. .

Crochet Technique

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.


Use A Braid

We grew up covering coat hangers. It is a braiding method, beginning at the neck of the hanger.

By Lee in TX

Good Web Instructions

I found a good illustrated resource for yarn covered hangers at:

By Kathy

Crafty Gardener Instructions

On my personal website I have directions for the braided covered wire coathangers, crochet covered coathangers, and a material covered coathanger.

By Crafty Gardener

Step By Step Instructions

  1. Cut off a good sized length of yarn.
  2. Holding the hanger in front of you, tie the yarn onto the hanger down in the lower right hand side.
  3. Let your piece of yarn hang down.
  4. Holding hanger in front of you bring the yarn up and over the horizontal wire, (so that your yarn goes down behind the wire) forming a loop. Bring the end of the yarn through the loop so that the piece of yarn is now back in front of the hanger.
  5. Pull the yarn tight and it will form a knot. As you go along and make more knots, covering your hanger, you can easily adjust the knots so that they form a straight line. I'm not sure, but I think I remember from my macrame' days that this is called a half hitch knot.
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  7. When you have about an inch of yarn left, wrap it tightly several times around the hanger and glue.
  8. Start another piece of yarn in the same way you started the first piece.
  9. Keep going, looping and knotting until the entire hanger is covered and then just glue the ends of the yarn to hold them tight.
  10. You might find it easier to "practice" first by looping and knotting on a pencil.
Hope this helps. Also, instead of using just a single length of yarn, you could use double strands. It would give your hanger a thicker covering. Just make sure when you cut your yarn pieces that they are of equal length. You could also use contrasting colors and make your hanger covers pink and white or black and white, black and grey. Anything at all.

By Louise

More Expert Advice

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.

By Jackolyn Smith

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Yarn Covered Coat Hangers

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

Yarn Covered Coat Hangers

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)


By Myrna

Yarn Covered Coat Hangers

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

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