Thursday, March 3, 2016

FIVE Ways to Hang a Quilt!

There are a variety of ways you can hang a quilt and these are my top 5 - in no particular order. Since there are so many approaches, my advice is don't stress and make do with what you have around the house! Soda tops, yard sticks, rulers, scrap fabric, old sewing machine needles....make it work!!!

1. The Hanging Sleeve
A D-sleeve is the standard sleeve for hanging. The "D" shape allows the quilt to hang flat and provides "give" in the sleeve.
Hanging Sleeve Tutorial (Part 1) by Jacquie Gering
Hanging Sleeve Tutorial (Part 2) by Jacquie Gering  

2. Corner Pockets
Another method of making a hanging sleeve for smaller quilts is to use two charm squares. Simply fold each charm square diagonally, wrong sides together. Then pin one charm square to the back of the quilt at the top left corner and the other charm square to the back of the quilt at the top right corner, aligning the raw edges of the charm squares with the raw edges of the quilt. After the binding is applied, the raw edges will be encased and a dowel can be slipped into the charm square “pockets.” The dowel can rest on two evenly spaced nails in order to hang the quilt.
Charm Square Video Tutorial by Beth Ferrier on Craftsy

I used a yard stick to hang this quilt. It only cost me 98 cents!
3. Curtain Rod/Hanging Loops
If you have a decorative rod, such as a small curtain rod, you can use that to hang your quilt and you won’t have to worry about hiding the rod behind the quilt.

4. Soda Tab
Hand stitch a soda tab on the back of the quilt and use a nail to hang it! Great for oddly shaped quilts such as a triangle or irregular polygon.
This is silly really, but it illustrates the point that you can use anything. You can also purchase small plastic rings. I hear that Austin Creative Reuse has them for CHEAP!

5. Clear Fridge Clips
Command Fridge Clips are a flexible way to hang your mini quilt because when you are getting tired of looking at your can simply change it out. Thanks Kimberly Schneider for the great idea! If you can't find these clips at a local store, you can order on Amazon.

MORE!!! Other ideas/resources:

Here are some other types of materials you can use to hang quilts:
  • Dowel rods
  • Yardstick
  • Ruler
  • Craft Wood - 1/4" x 1"- 2"
  • Curtain rods
  • Circle loops
  • Soda Tabs
  • Command strips
  • Nails
  • Tacks
  • Screw eyes
  • Old Sewing Machine Needles

  • What's your favorite way to hang a quilt?

    1 comment:

    1. Great ideas, Bettina! I haven't seen the soda tab idea before. Thanks for sharing!