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I love an excuse to create my own bias binding… and actually use it in a project!

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Recently I purchased some nice timber coat hangers for my wardrobe, perfect for the new hanging space I had just installed. I find that hanging my clothes somehow gives me more room in the wardrobe, but also avoids the inevitable “squashing” and “hiding” that happens when you just can’t fit any more folded clothes on the shelf, but they have to go there!

The coat hangers themselves present another conundrum… the Pointy-shoulder-itis… the dreaded disease of t-shirts and blouses that somehow (through osmosis, I think) absorb the shape of the coat hanger into the garment… enter: the new twist on shoulder pads!

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I tested a few shapes in paper first, sewed a couple of prototypes adjusting the shape of the design as I went. It was a great way to utilise my ever-expanding quilt fabric collection as well and since the pieces are so small it could easily be a charm or scrap fabric project. I even used leftover lightweight cotton batting in-between the layers of fabric for that extra padded goodness.

I tried gathering the point, and pleating the point at the shoulder. The pleating worked out better because it was easier to sew, and I could create the sharp pinch point that fits the coat hangers better. The pleated version also stays on the hangers better.

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The ribbons tie the shoulder pads on to the coat hangers in a cute little bow:

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A cute way to protect valuable clothing… no more pointy shoulders!

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I’m really happy with how they turned out, and I love that the timber can still be seen. These cute little shoulder pads could even be used on metal hangers, and they are so easy to put on the hanger and take off as well so I can swap clothes around so easily.

All dressed up, with no place to go!

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Thanks for reading, and happy crafting adventures!