How to make padded hangers

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How to make padded hangers
Make your own padded hangers at home with a few basic materials. (Red Clothes Hanger Ladybug image by Pink Lion from Fotolia.com)

If you own delicate clothing made from materials like silk or cashmere, padded hangers are gentle enough for use in storing them. This kind of hanger also protects and maintains the garment's shape by not pulling on the fabric. You can find premade padded hangers at department and home stores. However, these premade hangers can be expensive and you may not be able to find a fabric you like. Luckily, you can easily make your own padded hangers at home for little money and have control of the final product.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Cotton batting
  • Hot glue
  • Wooden coat hanger
  • Satin ribbon
  • Scissors

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Cut a strip of cotton batting 36 inches long and 2 inches wide.

  2. 2

    Apply a bit of hot glue to the end of the batting. Press the glued end of the batting to one of the ends of wooden coat hanger.

  3. 3

    Wrap the strip of batting around the hanger, overlapping the previous wrap as you go. When you reach the end of the hanger, cut the excess batting off and discard it or save it for a future project. Apply hot glue to the loose end of the batting and press it to the end of the hanger.

  4. 4

    Cut a 36-inch long strip of satin ribbon in the colour of your choosing. The width of the ribbon is up to you; however, 2 inches, like the batting, works well.

  5. 5

    Apply a bit of hot glue to one end of the ribbon and press it to the batting, about 1 inch from the top edge of the hanger. Wind the end of the ribbon over the edge of the hanger and to the underside. Hot glue it in place.

  6. 6

    Wrap the remaining ribbon around the batting covered hanger, just as you did the batting. Pull the ribbon snugly as you go. When you reach the end of the hanger, cut the ribbon so you have a 1-inch piece sticking out. Fold that piece over the end of the hanger and hot glue it in place.

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