How to Hang a Quilt

How-To-Hang-a-Quilt-Tutorial

With more modern textile shows in circulation than ever, there is one thing that's hard to avoid sewing – quilt sleeves. If you have ever wanted your quilt in a magazine, quilt show or even if you’ve made so many quilts you’ve now decided to cover your walls with them, sewing a basic hanging sleeve on the back of a quilt is a good skill to know.

For quilt shows and magazines, a standard requirement is a 4” fabric sleeve on the top back of your quilt. Over the summer, I made an instructional video on how to do that. Check it out!​

If you watched that vid and got a little judgy about the quality...and maybe a little sick from the bouncing camera, just know that I cut a hole in a stretchy headband and wore an inexpensive camera on my forehead to make that video happen...so...impressed? no? Maybe a smidge less judgy, though?

Cool! I can settle for that. 🙂

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How to Sew a Quilt Sleeve

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  1. Measure the width of your quilt.
  2. Cut a strip 8 ½” x width of quilt minus 2” (eg. Your quilt is 56” wide: Cut 2 strips 8 ½” x Width of Fabric (approximately 42”). Sew strips together to create one long strip. Trim the long strip down to 8 ½” x 54”).
  3. Hem each edge of the 8 ½” strip by turning in the edges a ¼” and then another ¼”. Iron the creases flat and pin in place.
  4. Sew as close to the edge of the folded fabric as possible.
  5. Fold the strip in half, wrong sides together (right side of fabric is facing up), and iron a crease in the center. Tip! Use starch to help get those creases nice and crisp.
  6. Open the strip up so that the wrong side of the fabric is facing up. Fold the edges toward the center crease until they meet in the middle.
  7. Press at the folds so that a crease is well defined.
  8. Unfold again and match the raw edges together, wrong sides together (right side of fabric is up). Pin and sew a ¼” seam.
  9. Iron the center seam open. At this point, re-press the creases created in Step-7. When these are nice and flat, it is easier to pin in the next step.
  10. Place the sleeve, seam side down, on the top back of your quilt – about an inch from the top and sides. Notice in the above pictures that there is extra space in the sleeve so that a rod can easily fit.
  11. Pin the sleeve to the quilt using safety pins (regular straight pins will poke you if you try to sit on the couch and move this around) Tip! This is very important: Do NOT stitch all the way through the quilt. You do not want these stitches to be seen from the front. Also, if this sleeve is being sewn just for a show and is temporary, sew large stitches so that you finish it more quickly and have an easier time ripping it off once you get the quilt back.
Hanging-a-Quilt

If your one reason for sewing a sleeve is for a show or magazine, congrats! You’re finished and can go get yourself a celebratory glass of rosé! Tootles!

However, if you would like to hang this quilt on a wall, this next tutorial is the cheapest and easiest way to do it.​

How to Hang a Quilt​

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​Supplies:

​Instructions

  1. Drill 1 small hole into each end of the wooden rod.
  2. Screw in the screw eyes.
  3. Slip the wooden rod into the sleeve.
  4. Use a level to make sure your quilt will hang straight. Hammer a nail through each screw eye.
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Fabric-Sleeve

Tada! Easy-peasy and with no fancy tools.

Please excuse the terrible lighting on some of these photos. It's winter here in Chicago and that means maaajor cloud cover. Le sigh...we do the best we can, right?

Hang-Quilt

When I first looked into hanging quilts, I found these Magnetic Invisible Quilt Hangers. Although I have no doubt they work well, I was hanging five quilts for a gallery show – at $40/pack, I needed to find a cheaper option.

If you have only one quilt to hang, you may want to skip the hassle of drills and rods and just use the magnets. If you HAVE tried these magnetic hangers, I’m very curious to hear what you think – so leave a comment below.​


On a totally different note, have you tried hand quilting? Guys, it's been a long journey for me cause I loooove speed, but handing quilting is kinda the best...just look at it!

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hand-quilting

​If you're at all interested in learning, I list out the supplies I use on the FAQ page. I also have video tutorials in both the Sew Mojo #1 pattern and coming out with the Sew Mojo #3 pattern (releasing December 8!!!)

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Suzy

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12 thoughts on “How to Hang a Quilt

  1. Sara says:

    Suzy, do you have a video tutorial for PIN BASTING. I usually use spray, but with 6 tops that need quilting the spray is SOOOOO expensive! I’m scared to pin baste, but I know it’s a way more cost effective method. More $$ saved means more fabric I can buy. . .just don’t tell the hubby heehee!!

    • Suzy says:

      I’m with you girl! That basting spray is obnoxiously expensive and I can’t make myself buy it when pin basting works just as well. I have a step by step list of how I baste in this blog post. Check it out and let me know if you have any more Qs. I’m not saying I’ll know the answer, but I’ll try 😉

  2. Mary Ellen Brennan says:

    Hi Suzy! I just joined your site and I was EXTREMELY HAPPY to find this article on how to hang a quilt. I’ve been trying. off and on, for the past 7 or 8 years to find a site that explains how to hang a quilt. I was very surprised to find your article today. I had googled “Mattress Sizes”, found your site, joined right away and then found this article. I have a quilt made by my Great-Grandmother and now I know how to hang it, thanks to You! My Great-Grandmother died in 1929 when my Mother was just 5 years old. The quilt is just beautiful, done in pale purple and white. As soon as I finish a few other projects, I will be making a sleeve for this beautiful quilt. It will hang above my sewing area out on the 2nd floor of our barn.

    • Suzy says:

      Sounds lovely! I’m so happy to be helpful and I hope to see a picture of your great-grandmother’s quilt once it’s hanging on display. Thanks, Mary!

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