How to Make a Closet Rod Extender For a Baby's Closet

This is an old post (obviously, once you see the size of the pictured baby) that I did on the old blog that I wanted available here.  We still use this closet rod extender in Elizabeth’s closet.  It’s survived about two years and two different closets and still looks just as good as when I first made it. 

Step one: Gather your supplies. You’ll need a wooden dowel (I bought the thickest one they had available), fabric, ribbon, and glue.

Step two: Give the wooden dowel to a cute baby to play with. Make lots of jokes about Gandalf and not letting balrogs pass. Include a joke or two about speaking softly and carrying big sticks.


Step three: Wrap your fabric around the dowel to see how much you need. Cut that much. (I know, really great directions here.) You want a little extra than it takes to go around, about one and a half the amount.

Step four: Fold over the ends of the fabric so they are the same length as your wooden dowel. Iron in the folds.

Optional step five: Sew down the seams. I really think they would have held if I didn’t sew them, but I liked how it looked so I did.

Step six: Fold over one side of the length of your fabric so that you won’t have a raw edge. I did a double fold so that there wouldn’t be any fraying. I don’t think this was necessary, but since this was the first time I did this, I was taking a better safe than sorry approach.

Step seven: Iron or sew down this side of fabric. It is only necessary to do this on one side, as the other side will be covered.

Step eight: Starting with the raw edge, glue your fabric to the dowel, smoothing out any wrinkles. I used Modge Podge glue for this step.

Step nine: Your finished edge should end up on top and the fabric should cover the whole dowel.

Step ten: Tie ribbon around both ends of the dowel.

Step eleven: Tie the ends of the ribbon to the top of the closet. Make sure you are adjusting for how tall you want it to be, obviously. It took me a second try on the second tie in order to make sure both the ends were tied at approximately the same height.

And ta da! A closet rod extender. Prettier and about a fourth of the price of buying one.

Technically, you don’t need to cover the dowel in fabric. But I wanted it to be pretty and I knew I would never get it exactly balanced. The fabric keeps the hangers from sliding so that it doesn’t have to be totally level. We’ve been using this one for about two months and it works perfectly. I’ve never had to adjust it or anything. Elizabeth likes to go into the closet and swing her dresses back and forth on it.