Do you remember the old craft of braiding long strips to make a cover for a wire coat hanger? The original material was Nylotex or Phentex, a stretchy, nylon material. I’m not sure if it is still available in stores, but it does turn up in thrift stores from time to time. You could use long strips of material or even extra wide ribbon. Old crafts are becoming popular again.
These instructions were shared by SusieQ on a crafting bulletin board and not my original pattern. I have adapted the wording a bit to make it more clear. I hope you can figure it out. If you don’t get it the first time, keep trying, as it does get easier. Thanks to a visitor to my site I now know this pattern was originally published by Qualicraft.
-2 strips of material (let’s say pink and beige) — approximately 3 yards long each -wire coat hanger -patience as sometimes getting started takes a few tries
Find the middle of the two strips and put them together as if making a cross. This is the centre that goes on the tip of the coat hanger. Put the tip of the coat hanger in the centre of the “cross”. You now have four strips of material –2 pink, 2 beige. Hint: I put the coat hanger between my knees when I do these. Arrange the 2 strips of one colour (pink)– on one side of the hanger – let’s say right side of the hanger and the beige strips are on the left side. Now look at the strips and place them between two fingers on each hand. You start with the top strip on one side. — let’s say beige — right side — it is the first one to go down underneath the wire, through the two white strips on the left side, up and over the wire and becomes the bottom beige strip on the right side.
In the second photo above you can see the top beige one just being poked up between the 2 pink ones.
Now take the top pink strip — left side — go under the wire, through the 2 beige strips on the right side, over the wire — that becomes the bottom pink strip on the left. Go back to the top beige strip and go under the wire, through the 2 pink strips, over the wire and this one becomes the new bottom beige strip. Go to the top pink strip and do the same thing — and then this one becomes the new bottom pink strip. Continue “braiding” until you come to the neck of the wire — where the two pieces separate — just continue to braid separately. When you get all the way around — go up the neck of the coat hanger for a few braids and then tie off.
Smooth for wrinkles you just traded
by using these hangers that are braided.
No more creases, no more crumples,
as magic hangers chase away rumples!
I have discovered a site that sells kits for covering coat hangers. Stop by and visit Schnazzy Hangers. The finished item has a slightly different pattern than the one I’m sharing and the kits have everything you need to cover two hangers and an instructional dvd. You can buy refill kits also, and this just might be the solution to that hard to find Nylotex or Phentex needed for the braided coathangers.
Other ways to up cycle coat hangers
Be sure to see how I changed up the pattern a bit and covered some plastic coat hangers.
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