Yarn Covered Clothes Hanger DIY

Update plain wire coat hangers with some pretty yarn and a simple half hitch knot.

Yarn Covered Clothes Hanger DIY

My Nana used to have a lovely collection of coat hangers with crochet covers- the material used was totally some totally hideous nylon stuff. But they did brighten up the wardrobe and helped to stop clothes from falling off. So when my knitwear kept sliding off and landing in a heap, I remembered these crochet covers and wanted to create something along the same lines, but a bit more contemporary. Enter some yarn and the good old half hitch knot; otherwise known as the friendship bracelet knot! I just used some plain steel wire coat hangers, but I have since seen some very lovely pastel covered ones in Tiger that might just find their way into my life. Or you even combining my Cloud Shaped Hanger DIY with this one. The possibilities! The yarn I’m using is a delightful recycled aran weight cotton from King Cole,  it has a wonderful texture and slight flecked look, but any cotton yarn or even cord would do nicely. 

You will need:

-Plain wire coat hanger

-Yarn. I am using this Aran weight cotton because I wanted something that would have some grip to it.

-Scissors

-Superglue

Yarn Covered Clothes Hanger DIY

 

How to:

1.Cut a 3 metre length of yarn (if you are using something other than Aran or worsted weight you might need more or less) and fold in half. Place the folded middle of the yarn underneath the ‘shoulder’ of the hanger.

Yarn Covered Clothes Hanger DIY

2.Bring both of the ends up through the hanger and down through the loop.

Yarn Covered Clothes Hanger DIY

3.Pull the knot as tight as you can. This is known as a larks head knot and is often used in macrame.

Yarn Covered Clothes Hanger DIY

4.Now our yarn is attached to the hanger, we can start with the half hitch knots! We will be working with both ends of yarn at the same time, treating them as one. Bring the ends of yarn down behind the hanger, leaving a loop at the top.

Yarn Covered Clothes Hanger DIY

5.Bring the yarn ends up through the hanger and down through the loop in the same way we did with the larks heads knot.

Yarn Covered Clothes Hanger DIY

6.Pull the knot tight and it should look similar to the first knot and sit snugly next to it.

Yarn Covered Clothes Hanger DIY

7.Keep repeating the half hitch knot along the hanger, making sure each one is as tight as you can get it.

 

Yarn Covered Clothes Hanger DIY

8.Once you get to the end of the hanger (before the straight section) separate the two yarns and position one underneath and one over the top

Yarn Covered Clothes Hanger DIY

9.Tie a reef knot, pulling the ends firmly.

Yarn Covered Clothes Hanger DIY

10.Apply a small amount of superglue (or use clear nail polish) to the knot and leave to dry.

Yarn Covered Clothes Hanger DIY

11.Cut off the ends near to the knot and twist the knot so it sits on the inside of the bend.

Yarn Covered Clothes Hanger DIY

12.Repeat all steps and the other side!

Yarn Covered Clothes Hanger DIY

Yarn Covered Clothes Hanger DIY

Not only does this DIY make a boring hanger more stylish, it provides grip and so stops clothes sliding off! Practical AND pretty!  If you have a go at this Yarn Covered Clothes Hanger DIY or have any questions feel free to comment below or message me on TwitterInstagram or Facebook! Happy Making!

 

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2 thoughts on “Yarn Covered Clothes Hanger DIY

  • May 29, 2016 at 4:56 pm
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    Very cool idea! I just tried it, looks great, makes those annoying dry cleaner’s hangers tolerable. Thanks for the tutorial!

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    • May 29, 2016 at 10:32 pm
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      Exactly! We all end up with tons of wire hangers, may as well make them look pretty! Emma x

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