DIY | Vintage Scarf Covered Hangers

Faced with an overabundance of vintage scarves and ugly wire hangers, I decided to fix both problems by combining the two. Now my wire hangers have style worthy of the clothes hanging on them, and I can enjoy a little less clutter on my scarf rack. Check out the instructions below to make your own for gifting or prettifying your own closet!

Depending on the size of your scarf, you can make multiple hanger covers out of each one.
Here are the supplies you’ll need:

  • patterned neck or head scarf
  • fabric scissors
  • wire hangers
  • straight pins
  • needle and thread
  • sewing machine (not necessary, but makes the process easier)

1.) Size up the portion of the scarf you will need by folding the scarf over your hanger. The fold should be at the straight bottom of the hanger, and you only need to fold over enough fabric to cover the triangle part of the hanger.

2.) Pin the fabric, wrong side facing out, along only one of the slanted edges of the hanger. Then stitch along the pinned line, and trim away the excess fabric.

3.) On the other slanted edge, pin and trim, but do not stitch it closed. Once it is trimmed, flip under both sides the edge (ironing if necessary), and hem each flap individually, not together. Make sure you are flipping and hemming fabric on the wrong side, not the side side of your fabric.

4.) Now flip the cover ride side out and fit it around your hanger. You still have one side open, each flap is hemmed and ready to be pinned around the hanger. After it’s pinned securely, hand-stitch closed around the hanger.

Once you get really good at making your stitches pretty, you can create a whole collection of pretty hangers! They sure make your closet prettier, and would make great housewarming or wedding gifts as well.

8 Responses

  1. Linn says:

    Brilliant idea!

  2. Michelle says:

    That is such an awesome idea. I put all of my ugly hangers in my son’s wardrobe. I’ll have to get them out and make use of all of the scarves I own now :)

  3. Natasha says:

    This is a brilliant idea, so creative!

  4. Lynn says:

    That’s such a good idea! I’ve always wanted to make my wire hangers more attractive-I’ll have to give this a try.

  5. misslikey says:

    such a great idea..I am always repainting, decorating with bows or satin ribbons.. didn’t think of this. I also love the shape of these wire hangers you embellished. Can’t wait to try this!

  6. What a fun idea! I usually dislike wire hangers, but this is a great way to update them.

  7. Mara says:

    This is such a great idea! Especially if you have scarves you love but will never wear.