Vintage quilted covered hangers “How-to”……….

Taking this process step by step really makes me stop and think about how I do a project! Mostly, I just “wing it” and visualize/trouble-shoot the stages in my head, without much real “concrete” prepping! So, we’re off……….

First: gather the “ingredients”….. pillowcases, hangers, lace edgings (if the cases have a simple hemmed bottom edge but are embroidered)… IMG_0076

These are what I brought to Texas with me. Each are different widths, which will dictate the hanger dimensions I’m able to use (if I want to just use the cases w/o enlarging them.).



Hangers do vary in widths, so be sure those measurements can be worked with.





I chose this combo. I measured up from the bottom to give me some fmq room above the design and enough of a “drop” to cover a garment or just look nice as a mini wall quilt.

IMG_0083 Press the case flat, fold/press in half horizontally (matching the bottom edges of the front/open end with the folded/stitched end) and cut the case on that fold, giving you 2 pieces of equal sizes. You will, then cut the side seams/folds to give you 4 pieces. IMG_0086IMG_0087 2 of the pieces will have a decorative lower edge (these are your outer/”right” sides to the finish). 2 pieces will be straight on all four sides (these are the “backing” pieces for the hanger sandwich). There is no additional fabric needed. 1 pillowcase makes 1 hanger.

I press these pieces, again, very well (using a light starch/stabilizer).IMG_0088

Batting is my usual Hobbs 80/20, cotton/poly (this time it’s “bleached). IMG_0089 

Lay the hanger on the decorated piece, centering it and allowing enough “drop” below the hanger. Lightly mark the outline of the right/left slant sides (draw a vertical line down to the bottom edge from the right/left lower edge of the hanger itself), noting where the  “hook” is at the top. Then mark 1/2” to 1” beyond this marking for ease and seam allowance. This will give you your “playing field” for fmq! IMG_0090 - Copy_LI

Red arrows=seam allowance

Green arrow=hook


I do the front piece first and, then mark the corresponding right side of the back piece (the other piece that has a decorative lower edge). There will be no cutting until all the quilting is finished!

Time to make 2 sandwiches (one will be the front and the other the back of the hanger!)……..IMG_0093    Here’s a close-up of the front sandwich with the arrows……IMG_0092_LI   Up til this point you have had opportunity to be looking at the design and imagining just what you will be stitching! I have not taken the time, prior to sandwiching, to do any marking. I’m kinda backwards in this or the piece is slow in communicating with me….sigh. These directions might be over-involved but you will figure your own ‘best way’ after you do one of these.

I always start quilting the back piece first to get my creative juices flowing and, then, do the main/front design. Remember…..there are no rules!!!! This is merely what I do. If it works for you…..awesome!!!!! See here and here for my previous finishes.

Any questions….jump right in and let me know. “Part 2” coming very soon…..

‘Click’ to enlarge photos for clarity.

About treadlemusic

A quilter who rides motorcycle, living on a small hobby farm in southeastern Minnesota. Grandmother and Great Grandmother.
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15 Responses to Vintage quilted covered hangers “How-to”……….

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  2. Fiona says:

    Oh thank you… I just love these so I must do some…

  3. norma says:

    Lovely! Looking forward to part 2 – I shall be making some

  4. Rosemaryflower says:

    these are beautiful. I will make some
    Thank you so much, Doreen

    • treadlemusic says:

      The neat thing is they can be a little wall quilt (by themselves), complete with built-in hanger, or a padded/usable hanger or (if made a bit more generously sized) a “dust cover” for garments hung on the hanger with the stitched piece over the garment’s shoulders for storage.

  5. Your creative talents just keep flowing. What a purposeful way to reuse vintage linens.

    • treadlemusic says:

      I really can’t take complete credit for the “seed” idea, but the individual projects are just (once again!) swirling in my head!! A wonderful carousel of thoughts!!!! Hugs……

  6. Why didn’t I think of that? These are gorgeous and utilitarian! I am looking forward to part 2!

  7. Dana says:

    Thank you so much for taking the time to make this tutorial for us!! Love!

    • treadlemusic says:

      You are very welcome! I really didn’t realize the different steps I took in the process til I tried to break it down….ha! Let me know if I’ve missed something! Much more coming!! Hugs……..

  8. Beth Ann says:

    Love the hanger covers!

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