When I was a little girl, "panties of the week" were all the rage. You could have a pair for each day and the day was embroidered right there on them! I guess this was a way to be sure little girls didn't wear the same panties every day or something! I used this same idea for hangers. I had planned (before my last minute trip to California) to make one for each school day of the week. The idea is that you can help your kids pick out their school clothes for the week and have them already coordinated and hanging for each day! I'm really into anything that helps make school day mornings easier! (When my boys were school age, I was teaching. That meant that I was getting ready the same time they were. Anything I could do ahead of time made the mornings flow more easily!) The little clothespins hanging down are for the pants, shorts, or skirts that go with the top. Well, I just got back from my trip and I am going to go ahead and post this without Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday! Of course, they don't have to have days of the week on them. How about cute embroidery? OR just use your favorite fabrics!
|1. Trace around the hanger you plan to use. Hangers can be a little different in size. If your hanger is really thick, add a little to the pattern to account for the thickness. Cut out your pattern.|
|2. Layer two layers of your fabric, right sides together, and beneath that put two layers of batting. Yes, batting on the bottom, fabric on top! Trace your pattern onto the top layer of fabric.|
|3. At the top, where the hook of the hanger goes, square up the end. You will be turning this under and topstitching it. I found later that if I had made the one above just a little wider, it would have been easier to turn under, but I made it work!|
|4. At the side bottom of the hanger, make a line straight down about an inch past the bottom of the hanger. You will be leaving the bottom of the cover open.|
|5. Before cutting out, sew your cover together.|
|6. Trim the seam to 1/8" and snip the corners at the top of the hanger.|
|7. Turn the TOP fabric right side out. You should end up with the batting on the inside and the fabric with right sides showing.|
|8. Trim the bottom so that it is even.|
|9.Turn under and top stitch the top and bottom of the cover.|
|10. Slip over the hanger to be sure it fits.|
|11. If you are adding embroidery, this is time to do that.|
|12. To add the clothespins, put a ribbon through the eye in the top of the spring and tie it to the top of the hanger. If your hanger does not have a little inset at the top, you might need to attach it to the inside of the cover instead.|
So here it is! Ready to hang in the closet and provide a chance for a little more calm on school mornings. I can see how a set of these could be a fun gift and could be made of really cute fabrics.
So what do you think? Would this help out anyone you know? They don't have to be school children. I know some grown-ups who might benefit from a little organization like this!
Until next time.......