I wanted to make something fun for my girls to store their many many hairclips and ties in, rather than the boxes they were stuffed in!
Now isn't this....
I used a pair of jeans that no longer fits either daughter to make two of these special hangers for them.
Here's how to do it:
First collect your materials:
A pair of jeans - or other trousers
scraps of fabric for the pockets and ruffle
stiffening to hold the shape of the hanger
dowel rods and ribbon to hang
Then cut the front and back sections of the jeans apart:
Stitch the legs together to make 2 rectangles, these are the basic hanger shapes:
The next step is to choose your scraps of fabric for the pockets and cut several squares. I didn't measure any - just cut rough squares and placed them on the jeans until I'd filled the spaces. My pockets were approx. 8cm square, and I cut 16 in total:
Next, I decided to make use of my new overlocker (or serger as some of you may call it) to finish off the edges of all the pockets. Nice and simple - and since it's trendy to have ripped jeans - I didn't worry about making it all look too tidy!!
Then pin them in place on the jeans:
Now just stitch around 3 edges of each pocket (leaving the top open of course) and add an extra triangle of stitching on the top corners of each pocket for extra strength:
Next comes the ruffled edge. For this I used a nice shiny pink remnant I bought the other day and just cut 2 strips about 4cm wide from each (it's about 150cm in length - but again, nothing is exact - it's as much decoration and personal taste as anything!)
Once again I decided to play with my overlocker. I finsihed off one edge by 'ruffling' it! and the other edge I did a rolled hem to make it look pretty.
Now it's almost ready to put together!
Cut a rectangle of stiffening the same size as the jeans - for the backing:
Then place the jeans on the stiffening, and pin the ruffle evenly around the edge, making sure to pin through the stiffening too.
Then stitch it all together!
Now all you need is a way to hang it!
For some reason I had 2 pieces of dowel rod about the right size with holes ready drilled in either end! Push the dowel rod through the belt loops at the top of the jeans hanger.
Thread ribbon or cord through the holes in the ends of the dowel rods:
Then cut and tie to desired length:
Now all that's left to do is fill those pockets - attach pretty hairclips to the ruffles and hang up!
If you would like the downloadable PDF version of this tutorial with measurements in both cm and inches, click here!
This is one of my Round Tuit projects - week by week I'm trying to get things done that I keep meaning to get A Round To - come by and check it out on Mondays here - and feel free to link up your own projects to inspire, motivate or ask for ideas on something you're stuck on! It's all about encouraging each other - something I get a lot of from the blog world - and am trying to give back in my own small way!
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