Fabric Covered Closet Dowels

 
 
My daughter turned 3 yesterday!!!! In an effort to make her room more of a big girl space I've been working on her closet to include a dollhouse and dress up area. I'll have a full reveal very soon but for now I wanted to share an easy tutorial that can make a huge impact in a closet space! It can be done to any closet to dress it up a bit and add some color and personality!
 
 


Fabric Covered Closet Dowels {Tutorial}
 
 
I failed to take a before picture of this closet, however, I know everyone of you has a closet with manufacturer grade bare wood closet dowels in it so you can just imagine how non-cute it looked :)
 
 
I had three dowels 35" in length and 4.5" in diameter. I chose 1 yard of a pretty fabric from my 'girly-stash' that complimented the new aqua colored closet and the rest of the pinkish room.
 
 
 
 
 You'll want to measure the diameter of your dowels and add 1" to that for the width of the pieces you will cut. I folded the yard in half to cut two pieces at a time and ended up with 6 pieces.




 
 
 Next, you'll double the length of your dowel and that is how long you will need your fabric piece to be. I accomplished this by sewing two pieces together to create a length of 70". Remember to sew the pieces with right side facing right side :)






Still with right sides facing each other, fold your piece in half lenghwise and sew with a 1/2" seam allowance.



 
 The next step will probably take you the most time but well worth it! You'll need to turn your sewn piece inside out! Just go a bit at a time......I found using a butter knife helped by pushing the fabric through. Just don't push too hard you won't want to rip your seams.


 

 
This is what your finished pieces will look like......
 
 


 
 
Now slide your fabric pieces onto your plain closet dowels. I used a hot glue gun to secure the ends by folding as if I was folding the end of a present.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Now it's time to hang your new fabric covered closet dowels!! You know I didn't hang them back up on the cheap fake brass looking hangers did you?!? They got a fresh coat of aqua spray paint.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Stand back and admire your work! I think they really added some fun colorful character to the closet space!
 
 
 
 
 
 
Stay tuned for some other fun projects and tutorials used to transform this closet area soon!! I can't wait for you to see how it finally turns out :)
 


 
 
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TDC Before and After

42 comments:

  1. Really changes the feel of the closet Brooke --- much, much better! Can't wait to see the space reveal :~)

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    1. Thanks Jen! I'm excited to show you :)

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  2. I love this idea Brooke! And happy birthday to your little one, three is a super fun age. Thank you for sharing your fab project :)

    Tanya

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  3. This is a fabulous idea!! It turned out SO great!

    -Amanda

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  4. What a great idea. Turned out beautiful.

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  5. What a clever concept. You must be very imaginative. It turned out great.

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  6. Love those pretty paint colors next to each other!

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  7. This is such a cute idea. I have found myself visiting your blog frequently lately. I just became your newest follower!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and becoming a follower :) Love your blog as well!

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  8. Beautiful and very unique. I love this idea! Thanks for sharing on the Not Just a House Wife link party.

    Katie
    www.funhomethings.com

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    1. Thank you Katie.....glad you found me :)

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  9. Really cute and fun! Makes me wish I had a girl to decorate for!

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  10. This is a brilliant idea! They turned out super cute!!

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  11. Brooke,
    I found you through Twitter (Thanks for following) and I LOVE your blog! I would love for you to link up some of your wonderful crafts to my Creative Thursday Link Party at www.michellestastycreations.blogspot.com which runs Wednesday night thru Monday each week.

    I love this idea for making pretty dowels. I wish my daughter (who's 18 last week) was still little. I would so do this in her room. Actually knowing her she would still love this.

    Have a great week.
    Michelle

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    1. Thanks Michelle! I would love to link up to your party :)

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  12. La La La think you are AMAZING!!! What a GREAT idea and it just looks FABULOUS!!

    Side note... I've been keeping those clear zippered bags for years.. not knowing what to do with them... such a GREAT idea to store your fabric in them! GENIUS!!

    Thank you for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!!

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    1. Thanks so much Christine! Seriously love your blog :)

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  13. cuter than cuteness! what a great alternative to paint and it makes so much of a color pop! thanks for the inspiration ♥ much love

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    1. Thanks so much Jaime! I have a serious obsession with your blog right now :)) Glad I could inspire YOU!

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  14. Oh My goodness!!! I must admit, I have an ugly plain colored dowel in my sons room....definetly need to do this!! Maybe if this next baby is a girl I can do a pretty in pink one! :) Love your colors!

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    1. It does make such a difference! Congrats on your soon-to-be addition :)

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  15. Such a cute idea! I never would have thought to cover the dowels! I have been neglecting them all this time! They look fantastic! Thanks for sharing at Gettin' Krafty!

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  16. WOW!! that's the prettiest little girls closet I've seen. Love the attention to detail like the fabric covered rod. Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create! You're gonna be a STAR at the blog..,Keep your eye out this week for the feature.

    <3 Christina

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  17. That is a fantastic idea! Pretty!

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  18. This is so cute, what a great idea! Thanks for linking up.
    XO

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  19. Brooke,

    Thank you so much for linking up your wonderful tutorial on the fabric covered closet dowels to Creative Thursday last week. I know my readers will love this. I can’t wait to see what you link up this week. I wouldn’t be able to do these wonderful parties without your participation. Have a wonderful week.

    Michelle

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  20. What a darling special touch to add to her space! Great idea!

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  21. What a cute idea to make those ugly rods look amazing! Hugs, Penny

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  22. I love this idea!! It's a great stash buster too! I love to include my daughter in my projects and this would be great for her room! Thanks so much for sharing. I'm a new follower from Making Monday's Marvolous! It would be great if you'd follow me back at http://parklandparish.blogspot.com/2012/09/quick-gifts.html

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  23. That's such a cute idea! Really transforms the look of those rails! :)

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  24. Love the idea, no more ugly rods. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

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  25. OK....random, but where did you get that ADORABLE doll? I must have one for my goddaughter! I died when I saw it!

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