Jenny Brandis' Handcrafts

Covered coat hanger

by Jenny Brandis Western Australia

I originally designed this as a part of a set of three covered coat hangers to be entered in the state 'Perth Royal Show'.

I am very pleased to say that the three covered coat hangers I entered that year won the day.

The three I entered were a woven one with a scene of a windmill and grasses, this stuffed lace one and a cotton lace one.

Materials Wire coat hanger - free from any dry cleaner
1mt x 2.5cm bone cotton lace
90cm x 18cm bone cotton lace
90cm x 18cm calico
50cm x 1 cm bone ribbon
trim - this could be a bow, fake flowers or dried flowers. In my instance I used dried gum nuts and leaves to match the eucalypt pot-pourri I had stuffed it with.

Make a paper template
To make a template, lay the wire hanger onto paper and draw around it. Add a 2cm seam allowance.

Using the template, cut  two pieces of the wide lace and  two pieces of calico to the pattern, as the lace has an attractive border use it as the bottom border.

Starting at the tip of the hook, glue the end of the ribbon so that it covers the tip and winds back over the hook.  Wrap the ribbon around the hook allowing the ribbon to slightly overlap on itself so that none of the metal hook is visible. Glue the end down and allow to dry.

Lay one layer of the calico face up. Place a layer of lace on the calico face up. Sew the pre gathered narrow lace to the two layers 2cms in from the edge.

Lay the second piece of lace face down over the pre sewn lace. Lay the second piece of calico face down on the lace, lining up the edges so they are neat.

Allowing a 2cm gap at the centre top for the hook, sew all five layers together, following the previous stitching line. Leave the bottom edge open for the hanger to be inserted.
Trim and clip the sewn edges for ease.

Turn the cover right side out.
Insert the hanger, easing the hook through the gap allowed at the centre top of the cover.
Stuff lightly with poly fibre and stuffing of your choice. (This is where I added the eucalypt pot-pourri).
Turn the bottom calico seam in and pin across the bottom edge. Sew firmly by hand or machine. If machine sewing this edge use the zipper foot to stitch.



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