How to Hang a Quilt

There’s no denying that each and every quilt is a work of art ñ so why not proudly display one on the wall? If you’re already thinking about the sheer size of the quilt, don’t worry, we’ve got some tips for safely hanging a quilt right in your home (or for a quilt show).

Skip the thumbtacks and pushpins, and read below for all the details.

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  • Pick Your Spot

    Think carefully about where you want to hang your quilt & consider how much sunlight it’s going to see, its proximity to heat and air vents, and the dÈcor of the room itself. You don’t want it to be doused in tons of direct sunlight, near vents, or clashing with the colors in the room, so carefully think about exactly where you want to put your quilt first.

  • Think About Your Method

    Aside from the aforementioned thumbtacks, there are a few different ways to hang the quilt. You can make a sleeve on the back of the quilt, stitch folded tabs to hold a dowel rod, call on a curtain rod, or even keep it simple with quilt hangers that open and clamp down on the top of the quilt.

    Many of these follow the same ideology: Sew some type of fabric holder onto the back of the quilt, so the holder can then support some type of rod for hanging the quilt. Think about how heavy the quilt is ñ many hanging tools say how much weight they hold right on the label, and you can check out the methods to see what works for you.

  • Start Sewing

    Here are a few great tutorials, depending on the method you want to take:

    Quilt Sleeve: Click here for a great step-by-step tutorial for how to hang a quilt museum-style. With this method, you’ll likely be using a thin but long piece of wood in the sleeve to actually hold the quilt onto hooks.

    Quilt Tabs: Click here for a step-by-step visual of adding quilt tabs (and the accompanying dowel rod). You could also use a long piece of wood with these tabs, too.

    Quilt Hangers: Click here to see some quilt hangers on Amazon, which make the hanging process a little easier.

  • Consider the Hooks

    If you aren’t looking for quilt hangers, then consider what you’ll hang the quilt from. There are traditional nails, self-adhesive hooks, and even hanging screws you can put into the sides of a thick ruler or piece of wood on either end of a quilt sleeve. Just make sure they can hold a decent amount of weight by checking the label first.

  • Grab the Level

    After you’ve found and applied the perfect method for your quilt, hang it and then test it with the level ñ just to make sure it’s not crooked.

  • Fix Curls

    If you notice that the quilt is curling at the bottom, consider adding a sleeve to the bottom of the quilt as well. Then, you can put a dowel rod in the sleeve to keep the bottom straight without it looking any different.

It’s lovely when you can finally display a beautiful quilt on the wall, so it’s worth the time and effort for this DIY project!

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