Hanger Covers

Hanger Cover - Hanger cover used to keep clothes from falling off hanger.
@carolbee (16243)
United States
September 26, 2008 8:58am CST
Found this hanger in the closet. It's probably close to 50 yrs. old since I made it when I was a kid. My mother must have sent it home with me a few years ago. I used ordinary yarn to cover the hanger so clothes wouldn't fall off. These work really well and are easily made with by making a small loop and putting the yarn through the loop. Have any of you crafters tried this or have found another way or better way of securing yarn or another product to hangers?
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@tyc415 (5706)
• United States
26 Sep 08
I forgot about the yarn covered hangers. I am not sure where my mother got a couple of them before and not sure what happened to them.
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@carolbee (16243)
• United States
26 Sep 08
I use the old hangers that you get from the cleaners since the yarn holds real well. Each knot is right next to the next one so there's no change the fabric will slip off the hanger. Don't know if this method works on plastic hangers. Thanks for responding.
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@Grandmaof2 (7604)
• Canada
26 Sep 08
WELL I hope your little tip helps me out because I have tried forever to find out how the make hanger covers. I had 3 given to me made with phentex yarn they're so good, your clothes stay on them so well.
@carolbee (16243)
• United States
26 Sep 08
I use cheap Walmart yarn. Works fine and is secure enough to hold the clothes in place. I make these with a slip knot. Thanks for responding.
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@foxyfire33 (10017)
• United States
26 Sep 08
I have one of those. It's made with red, white, and blue yarn. I have no idea where it came from. I guess it's just been floating around the house until it migrated to my room. The only different thing I've done with a hanger was to hot glue a strip of felt on either side where shirt straps/sleeves hang. It works for most fabrics but not so much with the slippery kinds like silk or satin.
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@carolbee (16243)
• United States
26 Sep 08
This method will keep silk and satin from falling off the hanger. This particular hanger has more miles on it than my car! Made with a slip knot. Just wrapping the hanger won't work since the yarn will slide all over. Thanks for responding.
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@Ldyjarhead (10161)
• United States
26 Sep 08
I've head of hanger covers, but have never done anything like that myself. They sound like a good way to keep your clothes from slipping off, but I don't know how you'd keep the yarn in place either. You don't remember how you did it?
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@carolbee (16243)
• United States
26 Sep 08
It's looped like into a knot not simply wrapped around the hanger. Doesn't take that long to make one and sure makes a big difference in the way it keeps clothes from falling in the closet. Silk or anything that slips hangs real well on these. Thanks for responding.
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@wrongway (280)
• United States
28 Sep 08
I remember hangers like these. When I was younger and in Girl Scouts we used to make them as mother's day presents or Christmas presents. We used yarn or ribbon to cover them, which ever we had available. We took 2 pieces of different colored yarn that were each 6 feet in length. Fold each piece in half and slip them on the hanger by the curved part so that the fold of the yarn is around the hanger. Let's say you are using red and green yarn, you would hold it so that both ends of the red yarn are in one hand and both ends of the green yarn are in the other hand. You are actually going to be braiding with 4 strands of yarn. Take one of the strands (let's say red) that come over the hanger, put it around the back of the hanger, coming up between the two pieces on the other side and bring it back to the side it was on to begin with. Then do the same thing with the strand (the green one)on the other side. Then you go back to the red and do it, and just keep going back and forth. You will notice that you will be getting a diamond pattern with the colors. You always want to use the top strand from each side when you wrap it. You are braiding the yarn around the hanger, following it down and around the one side coming up on the other. The yarn is secure, will not slide, and you just knot it when you get back to where the twist is. Take a small piece of each color and tie a bow around where the twist is. These are great for silk blouses, sweaters and items with thin straps. One year I made them in sets with 6 hangers to a set and gave them out as Christmas presents. If you have a problem understanding my instructions, see if you can find a girl scout leader in your area and ask her about it. It is a very common craft that most of the kids do when they go to summer camp. Happy crafting.
@carolbee (16243)
• United States
28 Sep 08
Think I understand what you are saying. What a cool project. I did it the simple way by using yarn and a stitch similar to "casting on" when doing a knitting project. This project really works well as you mentioned. Thanks for responding.
• United States
29 Aug 09
Hi Carole, I'm trying to make hangers like you are describing in this blog for a church fair. I found several patterns but am having a problem getting started. I have 3 old treasured hangers and the tips of the are covered so they are not sharp... I can't seem to get the ends covered. I have found patterns to actually crochet all the way around and to knot them as you are describing. Can you tell me how you start or finish at the point of the hook so that it is covered? Thanks for your help!
@carolbee (16243)
• United States
1 Sep 09
Hi Nancybell. I left a little tail on the end and worked it into the stitches. I do knit but this was done by hand by simpling looping the yarn through the yarn. Others might call this "hand knitting." If you look closely at the pattern, the yarn doesn't cover the hook. carolbee
@jillhill (37354)
• United States
26 Sep 08
I have some of those too and last weekend I went to a big craft sale and they had some there for sale. They are called no slip and when I hang my good blouses on them they don't fall off....I did mine the same way as you but also have some my mother made that I couldn't tell you how they are done.
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@carolbee (16243)
• United States
27 Sep 08
How much were the hangers you saw at the craft sale? Am just curious. I put the stitches on just as if I was starting a knitting project. It's a slip knot, as I call it or casting on in the knitting world. You are the craft pro and I always value your input with any craft related discussion so thanks so much for responding.
@jillhill (37354)
• United States
27 Sep 08
I didn't look to see how much they were selling for but I was surprised to see them. I have always loved them for my jackets and good blouses!
27 Sep 08
Hi carolbee, Yes, I made a clothe one it was a check clothe with little frills running along the top end and te colour is red, I've still got it, I made it when I was at school age 10. Tamara
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@carolbee (16243)
• United States
27 Sep 08
Did the cloth hold your clothes in place on the hanger? I know yarn will and it can be inexpensive yarn. This was taught to me by my mother when I was a kid so this project has been around forever. Thanks for responding.
@SomeCowgirl (32273)
• United States
26 Sep 08
Ooh pretty. Do you just slip knot on to the hanger and then single crochet the whole way round? I am new to crocheting and quickly giving up as I can't master the art of keeping my work flat. I also loose track of which side i'm on. Anyway, I just wanted to say that's cute. I've had some myself growing up, light pink and I believe light purple. It was a thick covering but i'm sure my mom made them! Or my aunt! Anyway, just wanted to say that's cute!
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@carolbee (16243)
• United States
27 Sep 08
This is not the best photo since my camera has been playing games with me so it doesn't really show the details. I can't crochet but do know the stitches are put on the hanger the same way a knitting project is started. It's an easy project and looks cute with bright colors. This project holds the clothes in place so they don't fall off the hanger on the floor. Thanks so much for responding.
• United States
26 Sep 08
I can remember when I was young we all had to bring a coat hanger to School and we would make Christmas Wreathes.We did this in about first grade through fourth. We would have to bend the hanger into a circle. Then we used very thin papers to wrap around then hanger we would gather the ends and then twist and it would stay on. Used to make some very nice wreathes.. Also another time when a bit older like 5th grade we had to bring hangers to school and some yarn. And we made some dusters. It was a neat project. We bent then two outer ends to meet together in the front of the hanger, this force the middle inward. Then just folded the yarn pieces in half, then wrapped them around a piece of the wire then pulled the yarn throw itself,. Thanks so much for sharing this memory!
@carolbee (16243)
• United States
27 Sep 08
I do remember seeing the finished wreath but we never did this in school. They were very pretty. Several years ago I bought a handmade wreath made with candy and gave it as a gift. It was so unique and interesting. It's fun to do a memory recall of our childhood. Thanks for responding.
@peavey (15865)
• United States
26 Sep 08
That looks like a good project for me, too. At first look, it seems like the yarn is just wound around and around the hanger. That would be a pain to do, though. I'll try the slipknot and see if I can figure out how you did it!
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@carolbee (16243)
• United States
26 Sep 08
I started at the top of the hanger and worked my way around. That way the yarn could be secured better with a knot. Make a loop and put the yarn through the loop and keep going. It's easy or I couldn't do it. Thanks for responding.
@blackbriar (9126)
• United States
26 Sep 08
What a clever idea! I have a few clothes that don't like being on the hanger and have a some yarn somewhere in this house. When I find it, I'll have to wrap a couple hangers in it just for these shirts. Thanks for the idea, carol.
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@carolbee (16243)
• United States
26 Sep 08
It does work very well. Be sure not to just wrap the hanger but to make a knot and make sure all stitches are right next to each other so they can't move. I make it like a slip knot and it's a fast project. Wire hangers work the best. Hope it works for you. Cheap yarn is fine. Thanks for responding.
@ynigz1 (472)
• China
27 Sep 08
I don't have made anything which still left now. When I was kid, I always make some with paper, and they all through away when I get tried of it, or it was torned. That's really great see that the craft of which you made when you was a kid. I just can see some things in my home, which is older than me, those thing made me feel time past quickly. And think of those old times, some things even is new, but seemed don't have any use now.
@carolbee (16243)
• United States
27 Sep 08
Thanks so much for responding to my discussion.