Lynn Foster demonstrates how to make these elegant velvet hangers.
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Materials and Tools:
2 padded hangers
9" x 44" strip of hand-dyed silk velvet
2 yards each of 2 different colors hand-dyed 5/8" silk ribbon
2 yards hand-dyed 1-1/2" satin ribbon
16" hand-dyed silk cording
4 yards wool rovings
1. To cover the hook: Remove center cord from the 16-inch piece of cording and cut in half. Slip one piece of cord over the hook, keeping the seam on the underside of the hanger. Put a dab of glue on last 1/2 inch to hold in position.
2. Cut the wool rovings into four strips (1 yard each).
3. Starting at center of hanger, lay one piece of roving across top and around hanger and pin in place with T-pins, which will be removed later.
4. Repeat process with a second piece of roving around the sides of the hanger.
5. With a needle and thread, knot the yarn and take a few stitches into the end of hanger and wind thread around the hanger, removing pins as you wind. Secure thread at the opposite end of hanger and tie off.
6. Cut velvet into four 9" x 11" strips. Fold velvet in half with the right side of velvet facing inward. Place ribbons inside center fold and pin in place.
7. Stitch in place, rounding edges; stitch along bottom edge and trim velvet around stitching.
8. Turn velvet to right side and push over first end of hanger, keeping seam at the bottom.
9. Repeat with second side and pull edges together at center of hanger. The satin bow will cover the edges.
10. Secure hanger upright in a drawer (or between your knees) with the hook facing upward. Start firmly crisscrossing ribbons, keeping them flat.
11. When you reach center of hook, tie off tightly and trim. Repeat on second side of hanger.
12. Fold satin ribbon in half and place across the hook. Bring both ribbons down back of hanger, keeping ribbon flat.
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