How to make decorative hangers
You will need:
into 10cm strips
1. Cut your fabric
Cut one piece of fabric for each hanger, measuring 15cm x 60cm, with the straight of the fabric running along the width of the piece of material.
2. Pad the hanger
Bind the padding around the coat hanger. Starting at one end, wrap it tightly towards, and then past, the hook. Sew on new lengths when needed and secure the ends with a few stitches. Top tip: A length of double-sided tape fixed all the way across the arms of the hanger will stop the padding from slipping about as you wind it in place.
3. Make a tube
Cut a length of binding 2cm longer than the hook. Press under a 5mm turning at one end. Fold in half lenthways and slip stitch the folded end and the long edges together to form a tube. Slide the open end over the hook and sew the raw ends to the padding.
4. Press the fabric
Press a 1cm turning at the short edges and a 2cm turning along the long edges of the cover. Fold in half widthways and mark the centre point.
5. Stitch the folds
Slip stitch the folds at each short edge. Sew the top edges on the left side together, from the corner to the centre point. Use 5mm running stitches, worked 5mm down from the folds.
6. Join the hanger and the cover
Slide the hanger into the cover. Pull up the thread so that the fabric gathers over the padding. Even out the folds and fasten off the thread. Gather the other side in the same way.
7. Finish with a bow
Make a bow from the remaining bias binding, trim the ends and stitch to the cover at the base of the hook.
Adapted from Sew! by Cath Kidston, £14.99, Quadrille.