It's Springtime in Paris with this pretty shabby chic fabric make. So easy, a beginner can make these. They make the perfect gift or if like me, you are in lockdown they are perfect for upgrading your wardrobe. They add the handmade touch to your organising without breaking the bank. Make one for all your special outfits, a padded coat hanger will make your dress hang straight and protect the straps too. Plus they feel extra special and make you reach those perfect wardrobe goals!

This post is a review of Minerva's shabbyness of shabby French chic fabric and a tutorial for a coat hanger which is a lovely super easy quick make. It’s hard to choose from the collection of quilting fabrics from Minerva but this one reminded me of my honeymoon in France and I wanted to make coat hangers for my Wedding dress and special honeymoon outfits I’d made.

Let's first chat about this fabric. What's not to love about a cotton vintage style print that’s so soft and great to work with?. I love the beautiful shabby chic print, so girlie and so pretty! It’s a small repeat so when cutting out you can get the design on small projects such as a make up purse or a baggage tag.

The repeat of the Eiffel tower, a vintage watch, rose and Parisienne text with little bows gives the sewer plenty of options when cutting out. I chose to highlight the bows and the text which you can see on the photo.

The fabric is a medium weight and would make a great dressing gown. Or if you love to make for your interior it would look fabulous in cushions for your shabby chic bedroom.

I decided to make a set of coat hangers for my Wedding and honeymoon dresses. I made six which works out as great value, the fabric is £11.99 per meter, each project was around £3.50 each which I think is amazing.

Here’s how I made the coat hangers –

You will need additionally to the fabric the following;

Quilting wadding (1/4 m)

½ m ribbon

Needle and thread

Two buttons (ideally covered)

Use a of sewing maching and sewing box supplies

Oh and most importantly, a wooden coat hanger (mine is from IKEA)

Firstly I took my coat hanger and put it on my plain printer paper half way to make a mirrored pattern. I then measured 2 inches all the way around.

I then cut it out to make my pattern. Folding the fabric in half vertically, I cut out one side of the coat hanger, then repeated it to make a front and a back.

Stitching the two sides together right sides in, I left a gap on the top seam of 6 inches either side of the metal hanger. I clipped the corners with small inward cuts (so it presses as a circle on the right side) and turn and press.

Taking some quilting wadding or toy stuffing (I prefer wadding as it’s less bumpy) and stitch in place with large rough stitches onto the hanger frame.

Slide in the coat hanger and use a knitting needle or kebab stick to make sure it’s even.

Stitch up the hanger making sure to fold in the top seam. I used a small slip stich and made sure the wadding wasn’t escaping. I then took a length of cream ribbon and wound it around the metal hanger stitching as I wound. At the top, I turned on the ribbon and stitched it a few times to make sure it’s secure.

I added a bow just where the hanger meets the padded fabric and covered buttons on the top ends so that strappy tops didn’t fall off.

I am really pleased with my stack of homemade coat hangers, can you believe we can make these for just £3.50 each! I’ve seen these in stores for three times this price.

I hope I’ve inspired you to make a collection for your handmade wardrobe. Organising my wardrobe with these finishing touches just made it feel like I was looking after those handmade clothes I’d spent so long creating. If you have the time to do so, I really recommend this project, it added so much joy when I opened my wardrobe.

Do let me know if you make this craft by tagging me on #crafternoonteas.

Thank-you Minerva for having me on the blog, I’ve really enjoyed making this craft. I’m going to try and squeeze a handmade jewellery wrap out a scrap and use the last bits of fabric for decoupaging onto old jam jars. I’m thinking Summer tea light holders. Beautiful fabric and a pleasure to stitch with.

Samantha writes a creative craft blog and hosts Crafternoon Tea Parties and Events in the Midlands and beyond!