Padded Coathangers

I’m rather partial to making padded coat-hangers, when I was a poor impoverished student nurse I often made them as Christmas presents. My rule for saving scraps from dress-making has always been if it was big enough for a coathanger, save it! I used to make ball gowns for my friends for our hospital balls, eventually moving on to bridesmaid and wedding dresses, I still have some very nice scraps from those days! I made some coat-hangers this time last year too

I need to make two coat hangers for our local show, my first one is a totally OTT frothy lacy one, probably more suited for a wedding dress but who cares, it’s pretty! My starting point was a couple of lengths of lace left over from my first wedding dress (however you phrase it, that never sounds good, but that’s life!)DSC_0058

I use polyester wadding to cover the coat-hangers as it’s nice and springy. The metal hook is covered with a rouleaux loop and then the main fabric is stitched over the wadding. I used a piece of ivory silk dupion from my scrap box. Then the fun started, decorating it!

The lace was in two widths, I stitched the narrower one to the seam line along the top of the hanger and then stitched the wider one underneath so it formed a nice deep frill, as I was stitching it on I added tiny pearls to the lace, along the zig-zag edge. I stitched some drop pearls along the lower edge too.


During my sewing room move I unearthed some silk flower patterns already cut out of ivory silk, I made these years ago to go on wedding dresses. They are very simple to make, they’re cut on the bias, folded in half lengthways, I then hand-stitch a gathering thread along the fabric, gather it up fairly tightly and then roll it up, stitching as you go. I made three silk roses and then decided to try some lace ones too, I put some beads in the middle of those..

It took me a while to arrange the flowers, in the end I tied a large ivory bow first, stitched the roses around it and then added some ribbon bows in a narrower ribbon. The pearls were the finishing touch.


I’m linking up with Kathy’s Quilts for Slow-Stitching Sunday and Super Mom No Cape for  Vintage Embroidery Monday, why not have a look what everyone else has been stitching.

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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8 Responses to Padded Coathangers

  1. CurlsnSkirls says:

    This is so delicate and beautiful ~ tres elegant.
    Thank you for the inspiration!


  2. Kate says:

    Your hangers are beautiful!!


  3. amcclure2014 says:

    I suppose I should really do something like this for Helen’s wedding dress? (I probably won’t of course, no time! ) Very pretty.


  4. Thimberlina says:

    Aw it’s gorgeous, this would be a perfect gift for a bride to be 😃


  5. Jenny Benton says:

    Lace and pearls – what a perfect combination!


  6. Guida says:

    Your hangers are gorgeous, I wouldn’t dream of putting it in a closet covered by clothes, I would hang them on the wall. Great work, thanks for sharing. Guida.


  7. Very pretty, almost too nice to cover up with clothes 🙂


  8. mycraftworks says:

    Coat hangers are pretty. Lace is very beautiful. Pleasing to the eyes.


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