DIY: ’70s Yarn Hanger

These colorful hanger creations were very popular in the 1970s. I used to make yarn covered hangers with my grandmother when I was a kid since she continued making them throughout her life.  I still enjoy making them as an adult since they are easy, make great gifts, offer a creative way to utilize those ugly old wire hangers, and help keep things from falling to the bottom of your closet without damaging your clothes!

Wire Hangers     +     Yarn     =     Finished Hangers

DIY Yarn Hanger Tutorial

Supplies: Two wire hangers, two balls of yarn – colors of your choice, tape, scissors

Time: approximately 1 hour

Step 1: Tape two wire hangers together at these five key locations


Step 2: Tape the ends of two yarn balls in different colors to the end of the hanger neck, leaving 2-3 inches outside of the tape for extra security

Getting started

Note: You will hold the hanger between your legs and throughout the remaining steps you will want to keep one ball of yarn on each side of your hanger. IE: one on left; one on right. I used aqua yarn on left and coral on right.

Step 3: Make a knot by slipping the first ball under the wire and slipping it back through the loop and pulling tight. I started with aqua on the left so I pulled those knots to the left. Repeat the knot 5-10 times with the first color.

Hanger working

Step 4: Using the second ball, on your right, make the same knots pulling tight to the right. Count the knots and do as many as you did of the first color on the left.

Hanger working

Step 5: Continue making knots from side to side and you will start to see your two colored pattern forming!

Neck complete

Step 6: Continue knotting all around the hanger, here is what it will look like half-way through

Half way done

Step 7: When you reach the neck and have completely covered the metal, cut both balls of yarn from the hanger leaving 4-5 inches connected to the hanger (you are almost done)!

Done without bow

Step 8: To complete the hanger, tie the two strands into a bow!

Done with bow

These are fun to do and once you make your first hanger you will be quicker on the next!

Here are 5 tips for you while you continue making yarn hangers:

  • Consider using multi colored yarn, it adds a really cool affect to the finished product
  • Make them while you are watching your favorite TV show, listening to music or in the car on a road-trip
  • This is a great activity for anyone; both children and the elderly would benefit as it exercises your hand joints while counting in your head
  • Add yarn pompoms instead of a bow as the finishing touch
  • If you share a closet with someone, color coordinate your hangers so you can easily identify what belongs to who

4 thoughts on “DIY: ’70s Yarn Hanger

  • Thank you for posting this. I have been looking for this exact pattern for awhile and was so glad to find it. I learned how to do this in 7th grade HomeEc but I forgot how to. I’m a regular crocheter and have crochet patterns for hangers, but they are much more complicated than this pattern.

    My need for this… my kids use those thick plastic hangers bought at walmart, but now that they are getting bigger these small hangers are too small and shirts fall off; adult size hangers are too big and stretches the neckline. This yarn will help keep their clothes from falling off the smaller hangers. Thank you so much!!

  • Thank you. I too made these with my grandmother when I was a child, and that was in the ’50’s, so they’ve been around a long time. Can’t wait to try it again.

  • Thank you for sharing this, my girl scout community just had this wonderful women that has been making these for over 55+ years come and teach them how to make them. It was GREAT!

  • Just a question of curiosity for you! Do you know the origin of wrapping hangers? Who started it? Where? Why? And how? I remember watching my grandmother doing the same thing a couple of hours a day either in the morning or at night before bed or any time she and granddaddy had a disagreement! I remember bits and pieces of what she told me and was just curious if you had any history on this craft? My wife’s girl scout troop was taught how to do this craft and it brought back fond memories of days gone by!

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