Monday, September 23, 2013

Ombre and Color Block Yarn Wrapped Hangers

Got some slippery blouses and dresses that spend more time on the closet floor than the hanger? The nubby texture of yarn might be just the thing you need to make them stay put! But while you're at it, you might as well make it pretty though, right? By using colorful yarns to do the wrapping you get bold, modern (and yes, pretty) results without any extra effort. Love when that happens:)

*It's probably worth noting that while this project couldn't be easier, it's not the quickest. You may want to multi-task by getting them done while watching a bad movie and having a glass of wine (aka: my favorite way to craft).

Color Block Hanger


What you’ll need:

-a hanger
-scissors
-yarn in various colors (3 to 4 arm lengths for each color)

Getting organized:
Because the more yarn you’re using, the more unruly this can become. Make things much easier on yourself by taking a minute to get it all organized!

-To do this cut a small rectangle of card board and snip a slit at the center.
-Put one of the cut ends into the slit to hold it place and then wrap the rest around the piece of cardboard. Create one of these for each color of yarn you are using.

Step 1: Tie the first strand of yarn onto the hanger with a double knot leaving a 1-2” tail.

Step 2: Create a loop over top of the hanger by draping the yarn so that it looks like a backwards “P”.

Step 3: Insert the loose end of the yarn under the hanger and up through the loop.

Step 4: Tighten the loop around the hanger, making sure that it is also tightening around the tail.

Step 5: Slide the loop up the double knot. Repeat steps 2 through 4 until that color has reached the length you like it.

Step 6: When you’re ready to add a new color, begin again at step 1 and repeat through step 5. In addition to covering the tail you will also be tightening the loop around the yarn color that you are not currently using. This is the process every time you want to add
on a new strand of yarn.

Step 7: Once all of the strand are added you can pick up any strand you want and begin knotting anytime you’re ready to change up the color. Don’t be afraid to try making sections of varying lengths. There’s no wrong way to do this and variety will add a lot to the finish!

Step 8: As you near the end of the hanger, go ahead and cut off any strands that you know you will definitely not be using.

Step 9: Cover any tails, then double knot tightly on the back and snip away the excess with scissors.
**If you have any worries about the knot slipping, secure with a small dot of glue.**

Ombre Hanger
This project uses a similar technique as the color block, but with a slightly more subtle finish resulting in a lovely ombre pattern.
What you’ll need:
-a hanger
-scissors
-yarn in 4 different shades of the same color 

Step 1: Beginning with the darkest shade, tie the end of the yarn onto the hanger with a double knot leaving a 1-2” tail.

Step 2: Create a loop over top of the hanger by draping the yarn so that it looks like a backwards “P”.

 Step 3: Insert the loose end of the yarn under the hanger and up through the loop.

 Step 4: Tighten the loop around the hanger. Be sure that it is also tightening around the tail and pull up.

Step 5: Repeat steps 2-4 until it has reached a length of 2 ¾”.

Step 6: Tie on the next darkest shade, repeating steps 1-5.

Step 7: Tie on the next shade, again repeating steps 1-5.

Step 8: Then add the lightest shade. The steps are the same as the others, except you’ll continue this shade all the way across the bottom of the hanger.

Step 9: Now work backwards now from lightest to darkest, to mirror the look of the other side as closely as possible.

Step 11: Finish by tying off into a secure knot. Add a small drop of glue if needed.

**My closet feels happier already**

5 comments:

  1. Fun and functional! Great idea!

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  2. Not sure I have the patience, but I think this is a really good idea. Maybe if I try the film & a drink technique!

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    1. Yeah, it helps a lot with the patience:)

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