Pattern: calico cover for padded coat hangers for costumes

At APAC’s ‘Costume in Detail’ Study Day in 2015, Margaret Boulton, a volunteer from the V&A Theatre and Performance Department, demonstrated how to create an inexpensive and practical padded coat hanger for costumes, using polyester wadding and a calico cover.

The pattern for the calico cover can be downloaded via the link (pdf, 225KB). Print the pattern on A3-size paper. The sewing instructions are on the pattern.

In the photographs below, Margaret Boulton shows how to wrap the polyester wadding around the hanger before putting the calico cover over the top. (Photographs by Catriona Cannon)

Padded coat hanger step 1

Step 1: Put a long strip of polyester wadding over the hanger’s metal hook to secure it. Start wrapping the wadding around the arms of the hanger.


Padded coat hanger step 2

Step 2: When the first piece of wadding is completely wrapped around the hanger, take a second strip and wrap it around the hanger in the same fashion.


Step 3: When the second piece of wadding is completely wrapped, put the calico cover over the top. Margaret Boulton demonstrates. Photograph Catriona Cannon

Step 3: When the second piece of wadding is completely wrapped, put the calico cover over the top. No need to sew the cover together at the bottom as the costume will hold the cover in place.