Monday, April 9, 2012

Hanger Slipcovers

Pinterest has become my new obsession. Rather than paying attention to my fave blogs--sorry, guys!--I visit Pinterest more and more often during my time on the computer. I've pinned many items and tried a few. Some were great; some not so much.
Today I want to talk about these cool hanger slipcovers I found on Salvaged Treasures. She made these out of vintage embroidered pillowcases and, as I had just passed up a number of said items at the thrift store because they were "one-offs", I quickly returned to the store and bought all they had left.

I decided to go a few steps farther than did the original poster (OP) by first padding...
and then covering the hangers.
I used remnants of batting and muslin for these steps so it cost nothing and I believe gives more function to the end product.

Here are the completed hangers:
This one had only a turned up hem, which I didn't feel was decorative enough so I cut it off and added a purchased lace.
This pillowcase was perfect in size and required little handwork. As I like it! (The blue is much more colorful than my pic shows.)
This case was a tad bit too small--the bottom should flare out more--but I used it anyway. And since it had no decoration save the crochet at the bottom, I added a ribbon rose made from vintage hem tape.

Because I believe items such as these should be treasured, I want my construction to equal the work in the original pillowcases so, rather than use adhesive velcro as did the OP, I'll use hand-stitched snaps.

From now on, whenever I hit the thrifts, I'll be on the lookout for decorative pillowcases. What about you? Think you might try this?

I've linked this post to Chic on a Shoestring Decorating's Flaunt it Friday. Stop over and check out the other lovely links!


Tricia ~~ Handmade Whimzy said...

I joined Pinterest but haven't really gotten into it. But then, I can't figure out what all the fuss is about Facebook either - so maybe I'm just weird.

I love your pillow case redo's though. Thats a great idea and they came out beautiful. I have a bunch of old doilies, tableclothes etc that I'm trying to figure out what to do with. I was thinking about trying to make some funky aprons with them.

Kat said...

Hi Tricia, love the hangers! Love your blog, I am your newest follower too! Please pop over for a visit won't you? Hugs Kat =^.^= PS Pinterest, well, how many hours can ONE STAY ON THERE! M A N Y! till like 0300! lol I know exactly what you mean! :)

Kat said...

OMGOSH! Sorry Amanda! I was up till wee hours of the mornin today, I think I need a NAP! :) LOL