I love finding fun ways for using up different shapes and sizes of scrap fabric. So here is another one. It’s an easy, no-sew tutorial for making fabric wrapped hangers from those thin trimmings of fabric leftover when you square up a piece of fabric.
I’ve seen other tutorials for making fabric wrapped hangers but they often involve a very precisely cut width of all one type of fabric – they are pretty, don’t get me wrong – but since my starting point was how to use up these long thin fabric trimmings I thought I would try doing mine a bit scrappier!
But Why would I want fabric Wrapped Hangers?
In case your asking yourself – why bother? – there are two reasons actually:
- It’s cuter than metal or plastic hangers and if you have lots of similar scraps it can make a hodge podge of hangers look kind of coordinated.
- Just like the felt or velvet hangers you can buy these days, fabric wrapped hangers do a great job of stopping your clothes from sliding off your hangers and ending up in the bottom of your wardrobe or cupboard.
- Hangers – I used mostly hangers that came with clothing bought from stores that are plastic on the bottom with a metal hook (I do normally say no when they ask if I want to keep the hangers, but somehow we ended up with a bunch of them anyway!). I also had one all plastic hanger. You could use the same method with any type of hanger including super thin wire hangers – I just didn’t have any of those but I’m sure it would work.
- Thin fabric trimmings. The longer the better but it doesn’t matter that much. I would actually say don’t use anything wider than an 1″ wide because those strips could be better used for other projects! Lets use up those skinny ones for this!
- Glue Stick – just a standard kid’s glue stick will do the trick.
Step 1: Sort your scrap Fabric trimmings
So, I am a weird scrap fabric horder when I am doing any kind of sewing so I have several different bins where I keep different sizes of scraps. One of which is those super thin and long trimmings that you cut off (usually with a rotary cutter) when you are cutting a piece of fabric to a pattern size or squaring off a quilt block or something like that.
My bin looks like this:
If you look closely you’ll see the trimmings from the outdoor cushions I made for my upcycled cot bed garden bench!
If it’s anything wider than these thin strips I save them somewhere else and use them for other kinds of projects so as it says in the notes on the materials for this project, if it is wider than 1″ save it elsewhere for something else. This project is about finding a use for those fabric strips that are too thin to hold a seam.
Once you’ve sorted your scraps by size you can also sort them by colour if you like. If you have a lot of different pinks or blues for example you could make your scrappy hangers a bit more cohesive, or you could go all out scrap happy and just pick strips at random.
I did a bit of both – random and vaguely colour coordinated so you can see from the photos at the end which look you prefer before you start.
Step 2: Start Wrapping
They aren’t called fabric wrapped hangers for nothing.
Basically all you’ll be doing is wrapping these thin strips of fabric round and round your hangers…BUT…because we are using thin strips of variable lengths we do need to secure them somehow.
The other tutorials I mentioned above that use something more like honey bun strips can get away with tying on one end of fabric, wrapping all the way around and tying it back where you started. But if you did that with this method you’d have knots all over your hanger which wouldn’t help your clothes hang straight!
So you have two options:
- Glue stick (this is what I used)
- Needle & thread
I used a kid’s glue stick to secure the end of the fabric to the hanger. Here’s how:
- Dab a bit of glue at your starting point – I tend to start at one end rather than the middle.
- Place the end of the fabric strip on the glue then wrap the fabric around itself and continue to wrap all the way up your hanger as far as that strip will go – slightly overlapping your fabric as you go.
- When you get to the end of that strip dab some more glue on the end of the strip secure it down and put another dab of glue on the top of it.
- Then start again with your next strip.
- The only tricky bit comes when you get to the middle of the hanger – when you start to feel the fabric is slipping back towards one end of the hanger throw the strip around the hanging hook to anchor it in place and continue back where you left off (see the video & photos if that doesn’t make sense).
- To cover the actual hanging hook take a strip and dab a bit of glue in the top middle of your hanger, wrap around the base of the hook to secure the strip and continue up the hook. When you get to the end fold the fabric over the tip of the hook wrap around it to secure and continue back down the hook until you run out of fabric.
- Lastly, if you have any of those little plastic hooks at the bottom of your hanger (like for hanging the little ribbon loops on skirts or tops) you can either clip them off or wrap them as well. I wrapped mine and it is the same process as the rest.
Wrapping the middle section
Wrapping the Clothes Hanger Hook
Fabric Wrapped Hangers Video Demonstration
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[P.S. I have a different scrap fabric bin in the video because I took the photos of my plastic tub above before I realised I needed to sew myself a bigger bin! ]
Needle & Thread Option
If you don’t have a glue stick or you don’t like getting sticky then you could do your securing with a few hand stitches instead. It’ll probably be a bit slower but you might get a neater finish and you won’t end up with glue and threads all over your fingers like I did!
Scrappy Fabric Wrapped Hangers
And that’s it! Easy Peasy Scrap Fabric Wrapped Hangers!
I really like how these turned out so I think I’ll keep sorting my scraps like this and do some more once the pile builds up again!
The two in the photo immediately above were my favourite because of the colours but I guess it all depends what kind of scraps you have!
Do you have other creative uses for this size of fabric scraps? I’d love to hear about them – drop me a note in the comments!
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If you are looking for more fun ways to use up your scrap fabric you can try the two posts below or visit our new sister blog Scrap Fabric Love for even more scrappy inspiration!
17 Brilliant Ideas for using your Scrap Fabric
14 Ways to Upcycle Fabric Scraps as gifts for Kids
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Friday 7th of October 2022
I was thinking that folding the strip in half and then covering over the frayed end would take care of the fraying…until the end. Love this idea. Thanks
Tuesday 11th of October 2022
Yes that would work!
Friday 4th of February 2022
Loved all the ideas! Especially the hangers! For those that don’t care for the fray, seeing the comment about using bindings made me think of the binding tool I use, where you pull strip through as you iron down the turned under edges. It would be another step, but can be done so easily. Binding tools are inexpensive on Amazon. Thanks for all the great ideas!
Saturday 5th of February 2022
Yes I have one of those - good idea!
Thursday 20th of January 2022
So, I loved your idea of using scraps to cover hangers...BUT, I have a different idea for the covering of hangers! I have a LOT of old bias tape that I couldn't come up with a purpose for...held on to it for years, thinking there has to be something to do with it rather than bind things...Voila! Your post got me thinking...why not cover hangers with it??? I just finished covering a hanger with pieces of bias tape using your same method. Looks great and the folding on the edges makes less threads to worry about. Hip, Hip Hooray! My stash of binding will finally decrease a bit! Thanks for helping me out!
Sunday 30th of January 2022
Brilliant idea! Thanks so much for sharing! Kristen
Saturday 9th of October 2021
love he wrapped hanger idea
Monday 11th of October 2021
Glad you liked it!
Friday 26th of March 2021
What do you do about the fraying?
Monday 29th of March 2021
Hi! The fraying doesn't particularly bother me - I like that look - but if you don't you could try tucking the raw edges under as you wrap. A little more fiddly but it should stop the loose threads and fraying that you are talking about.