Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Sewing Clothes Hanger Covers

Although I am knitting away on bandages, I have projects that I’m trying to fit in here and there as part of my organized home quest.

Wire hangers distort the shape of your clothes. Yesterday I began sewing clothes hanger covers to cover generic plastic hangers—some are literally meant to just cover the hangers and then your clothes are hung over them, like this one.

There are numerous versions of hanger cover patterns (see resources below) but I used one from During my spring and fall cleaning missions, I can simply remove the covers to wash and iron them.

In a closet, dust tends to settle on the collar and shoulder area of your clothes. So I modified the pattern to make covers that fit over my clothes instead of just the hanger by adding ½-inch all the way around to make shoulder covers. You can simply add more to your measurements to fit thicker clothes items.

You can make them fancy by using fun fabrics, bits of lace, or even embroidering them. But I’m using an old cotton sheet I found for a $1 and, since it’s a queen-sized flat sheet, I can make lots of covers quite inexpensively.

Not only does dust settle on your clothes but on your closet rod and hangers, too. I’m removing everything from my closet, purging like a mad woman, and cleaning everything—walls, floor, shelves, closet rod, and the hangers.

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Ali said...

I've been meaning to make hanger covers for ever. The dust thing is a real problem when your 'good clothes' come out as rarely as mine!

Laurie said...

this is a great idea. I've worried not about dust but light since we have a small, high window in our closet and I've wondered about fading. This would help both problems.

Anonymous said...

What a great idea.
I'll have to save this link for later

Kari & Kijsa said...

Wonderful & clever!!! love having the cover hang over the clothes!!

kari & kijsa

a pink-bee said...

Oh my gosh- you read my mind :) I have been wanting to cover those hangers- Thank-you, Thank-you Junie :)

Rosie's Whimsy said...

So very pretty.... and feminine :-)

My bandages are drying as we speak and I'll get them out priority mail tomorrow......don't want them to be late!

Yummers! said...

I love the covers!! I'll add this to my list for after Valentine's Day. The cloth cover over the hanger will help low cut tops from slipping and falling to the bottom of the closet.

Thanks for sharing, Junie Moon!
Hugs, Joni

Jane said...

This is so smart! Just think how nice it will be to be greeted with that cheery print each morning. I need to make some covers because my clothes slide off the hangers too often. My grandmother used to knit me hangers and I treasure those.

Rosemary said...

Very pretty!!!

Kelli said...

How pretty, what a great idea!!!


Robyn said...

OH June that is wonderful! I need to do something like that too. I always find dust on clothes that I have not worn for a season. It makes me so mad! I have to clean everything before I can wear it! Thanks for the post!

Storybook Woods said...

Oh they turned out wonderful, what a great idea. xoxoxo Clarice

Carol said...

Can you come visit me for a month or two?

Mary said...

Recently visited a store called Jan De Luz in St Helena Calif. They have beautiful french linens and a great hanger cover made from white linen with a silk organza semi-transparent pocket in the middle filled with lavender. You can buy from them (check out their site for a pic under the gift section). I bought some but also am making some out of old French linen sheets and linen dresser scarves and giving them as gifts. A pocket could be made to open so that they could be washed or refreshed with new lavender.