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Boat Hanger Activity

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Smart Fabric Activity - Boat HangerThis is a textiles project for decorating a room which integrates electronic components and modules with scrap fabric materials. The hangers are available in a variety of designs, but here Julie Boyd shows you how to make the boat hanger. They can be hung from door handles, cupboards, windows or wall hooks. This project first appeared in an article in Sewing World magazine.




  • 20cm x 23cm scrap fabric for the hanger front
  • 2 pieces of 13cm x 23cm scrap fabric for the back of the hanger
  • Different scrap fabrics for the appliqué
  • 18cm x 20cm Bondaweb (Rapid part no 06-1146)
  • 26cm of 2m wide ribbon to match or contrast with fabric
  • 4cm piece of Velcro
  • Cushion stuffing
  • Sewing threads to match or contrast with fabrics
  • Small piece of red felt
  • 1 metal eyelet (big enough for the LED)
  • 3 buttons
  • RVFM Flashing LED Module
  • Contrast thread to sew on the buttons




1) Iron the Bondaweb onto the back of all appliqué shapes. Peel away the paper backing and place the appliqué shape onto the front of the hanger. Iron the fabric so that the Bondaweb holds the appliqué in place.

2) Stitch around the appliqué shapes using a straight stitch. When stitching the flag only, stitch along the short edge if you want it to sit loose on the surface of the fabric.

3) Hand sew the button decoration to the boat and the bead.

4) Insert a metal eyelet into the stitched end of the flag.

5) Neaten one of the long edges of fabric on the two back panels by turning the edge under 0.5cm twice and stitching in place. Attach the Velcro in the middle of each back panel so they will overlap each other when closed.

6) Position the ribbon along the top edge of the front and baste just above the stitching line.

7) Pin the backs onto the front with the right sides facing each other matching up the edges and making sure the backs overlap. Stitch around all four sides (including sewing over the ribbon along the top edge, but be careful to make sure the ribbon loop does not catch in the stitching).

8) Turn the hanger to the right side. Use something small and pointed to push out the corners – you might need to trim the corners off the hanger to help them sit flat.

9) Slot the LED module into the eyelet of the boat hanger. Stuff the boat hanger with cushion stuffing, keeping the battery pack facing the back so that the on/off switch can be felt through the fabric.

10) A Sound Playback Module can also be integrated to produce a pre-recorded sound when pressed through the fabric.


The sewing pattern for this project is available here.

This project has been published with the kind permission of Julie Boyd and Sewing World magazine. All images © Julie Boyd, published with permission.


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