How to Make Scented Padded Hangers

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I’ve noticed some beautiful padded hangers for sale around the holidays and thought that they would make a great gift, or better yet a great addition to my own closet. Since I have plenty of extra fabric lying around, and some leftover lavender flowers, I thought I would attempt to make my own with the addition of lavender to add some wonderful fragrance to my closet.

Scented padded hangers ~


~  wire hanger
~  glue
~  duct tape
~  batting or other soft thick fabric for padding like terry cloth
~  fill-able teabag – make one from a coffee filter or thin muslin
~  dried lavender flowers  – or other fragrant herbs like mint leaves or dried lemon balm
~  scrap fabric – needs to be approx 12 in. x 18 in. for one hanger
~  ribbon – I used about 1.25 yards of 5/8 in. satin ribbon.

The Process

The padded hangers usually start with single wooden hangers but I only have one or two of these and I did not want to spend the extra time or money to go out and get more. So, I thought, why not try some of the many wire dry cleaner hangers we have and make a padded hanger from them?

Wooden vs Wire Hanger ~

I started by covering one with duct to create the shape I wanted and to give it extra stability.

Duct tape on hanger ~

Then I filled my teabags with lavender flowers. You can use any herb you would like. If you don’t have fillable tea bags you can make something similar by cutting up a coffee filter and filling it with herbs. Or simply add some essential oil to the cotton batting.

Lavender tea bags ~

Glue the teabag to the middle of the hanger. Then cut strips of quilters batting and wrapped it around the hanger, covering the tea bag. You could probably use other cotton material or old terry cloth towels if you don’t have batting.

DIY Scented Padded Hangers - lavender tea bag

Next fold the fabric so that there are four layers, and lay half of the hanger on top. Use a thin marker, on the wrong side of the fabric, to outline the one side of the hanger slightly past the middle. Cut out the traced pattern. You will now have four pieces. Put two together with right sides facing and sew along the edge leaving the flat end open. Then turn it right side out.

DIY Scented Padded Hangers

At this point you need to add more padding to the ends to make it nice and round. I just added some with a bit of glue before sliding the fabric tube on.

DIY Scented Padded Hangers - padding

Once your fabric is on the hanger you can turn the raw edges under and slip stitch the two together at the center.

DIY Scented Padded Hangers

To add a finishing touch take some pretty ribbon and wrap the top of the hanger. Start at the tip with a little glue to attach the ribbon and continued to wrap it all along the neck to cover all the exposed wire. Then take another piece of the same ribbon and folded it in half lengthwise to make it narrow. Attach it to the bottom of the hanger to cover where the center seam using a little glue and tied a bow at the neck.

DIY Scented Padded Hangers

Give it a try. They would make a great wedding shower/baby shower gift and if nothing else you can use them to freshen up you own closet.

Learn how to make scented padded hangers with simple wire hangers, fragrant lavender and scraps of fabric.

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About Patti Estep

Patti is the creator of Garden Matter, a home and garden blog filled with projects to inspire your creative side. She loves crafting, gardening, decorating and entertaining at her home in Pennsylvania. When she is not working on a project at home or searching for treasures at nurseries and thrift stores with her girlfriends, you’ll probably find her with family and friends, at a restaurant, or home party enjoying new and different food adventures.

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  1. Hi Patti! I love this idea! What a great way to use up scrap material and to scent one’s closet! Thanks for the tutorial!

    • Thanks Jane!

      • Earlene Ginter says:

        When I worked,I wore pantyhose,when they got a run,it recycled by cutting 7p the center to elastic cut a hole in the elastic and then wrapped each leg around you will wrap top to bottom and then wrap a couple of times around the shoulder area and then back to the top and ect a hole 8n the toe and slip over the curved part, pull the hose as you wrap Round the hanger,and then cover with fabric. Have fun

        • Hi Erlene,
          Hmmm I never thought of that and I bet they make a great filler as the stockings are very flexible. Great idea. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I love these, Patti! I think they would make a great gift. And your tutorial is terrific!

  3. Wonderful tutorial! I have several padded hangers and look forward to making my own now too.I invite you ti share at my Thursday hop Hugs!

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