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The original idea and pattern by Qualicraft. A version of the pattern was shared by SusieQ on a crafting bulletin board several years ago and I have tweaked it to be a bit more user friendly.
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Pattern adapted by Crafty Gardener and available at https://www.craftygardener.ca/braided-coat-hangers/
- 2 strips of material (let’s say pink and beige) — approximately 3.5 to 4 yards long each
- the original material was Nylotex or Phentex
- 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 left side of the hanger and the beige strips are on the right 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 pink strips on the left side, up and over the wire and becomes the bottom beige strip on the right side.
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.
Once you get the hang of braiding with 4 strips the hanger is covered quickly. I usually finish off by making the ends into a little flower, but you could always stitch on an artificial flower or something else to decorate the hanger.