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Weekend Project: Ribbon-Wrapped Hangers

3/11/2011 1:35:32 PM

Tags: hangers, DIY hangers, Emily Anderson, Eco-Chic Home, closet organization, Robyn Griggs Lawrence

Robyn Griggs Lawrence thumbnailIn an effort to stem my hoarding instincts, I have a hanger rule in my closet. I keep a set amount of hangers, and if I bring in something new, another item has to give up its hanger to accommodate the newcomer. This makes me think long and hard before I buy anything, as I have to consider what I'd be willing to give up to make room.

Still, it’s a little too easy to cheat. Sometimes department stores give me the hanger when I buy an item of clothing. Hangers from the dry cleaner make their way in, empty and just waiting to be of use. This weekend I’ll attempt to keep myself honest by wrapping my hangers in reused fabric, a simple project  from Emily Anderson’s wonderful book Eco-Chic Home, featured in Natural Home. I will wrap up my set number of hangers (I’m a little embarrassed to reveal how many, as I believe the number's still too large) and ban all naked hangers from my closet. As an added bonus, my hangers will be sturdier and less likely to damage my clothing.

Tools and Materials 

Several used men’s cotton shirts
Fabric scissors
Wire hangers
Fabric glue
Reused ribbon, optional


1. Cut 4 2-inch-wide strips of fabric from the old shirts.

2. Place a dot of glue on one end of a strip of fabric and, beginning at the tip of the hanger handle, wind it tightly around the tip of the hanger twice.

3. Wrap the entire handle by winding the fabric, overlapping each time.

4. Keep winding the fabric around the entire hanger. When you reach the end of the first fabric piece, glue the end to the wire. Take another fabric piece, glue the end to where you left off, and continue winding the fabric until you get back to the base of the handle.

5. Place a dot of glue on the end of the piece and wind it around the finish. For a little added charm, you can use about 6 inches of reused ribbon to tie a bow at the base of the handle. 


This simple project from Emily Anderson's Eco-Chic Home puts an end to naked wire hangers.

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