HANGING QUILTED WALL HANGINGS


I’ve put patterns for quilted wall hangings on the website before now, but it was pointed out to me the other day that I have never added ideas on how to hang a quilt on the wall when it is finished.  So here goes.

Using curtain rings for hanging quilted wall hangings

Sew a curtain ring to the binding

Sew a curtain ring to the binding

Pass dowel through the curtain rings

Pass dowel through the curtain rings

The first and most simple method of hanging quilted wall hangings that I use is to sew a few curtain rings to the binding at the top of the quilt.  The ones that I have used here have a loop on them and I sewed the loop to the quilt binding.  If they don’t have a loop, just sew the curtain ring itself to the wall hanging.  Then just pass a length of dowel (circular wooden pole) through the loops and hang the quilt up.  I’ve used 1/2″ dowel, but you may need a bigger size for a heavier wall hanging.  Most hardware shops sell these curtain rings in a variety of sizes and different metals.

Using fabric loops for hanging

Make a fabric tube

Make a fabric tube

Turn the tube right side out

Turn the tube right side out

The second method that I use to hang quilted wall hangings is similar to the above but using fabric loops instead.  For this one I used four loops made from 6″ by 3″ strips of fabric.  Turn under a small hem along each 3″ edge and fold the strip in half with the 6″ edges together.  Sew along that 6″ edge close to the edge to make a tube.  Turn the tube right side out.

 

Sew one end of the fabric loop to the front

Sew one end of the fabric loop to the front

Sew the other end to the back

Sew the other end to the back

 

Press flat and sew the tube to the quilted wall hanging.  I usually sew one side to the binding on the back and the other side to the binding on the front.

Pass dowel through the fabric loops

Pass dowel through the fabric loops

 

Pass a length of dowel through the fabric loops and your quilted wall hanging is ready to hang.

 

 

 

Using a hanging sleeve

Using a hanging sleeve

Using a hanging sleeve

Turn under a hem at each end

Turn under a hem at each end

 

The third method that I use to hang quilted wall hangings is just a mini version of the method generally used to hang full sized quilts.  Cut a strip of fabric 3″ wide by a couple of inches less than the width of the quilted wall hanging.  Turn under a small hem on each 3″ edge.

Make a fabric tube

Make a fabric tube

 

Turn under a small hem along each 6″ edge and fold the strip in half along the 6″ edge with wrong sides together and stitch along the 6″ edge to make a tube.  I have tried making this hanging sleeve with right sides together and turning the tube right side out, but I found that it took too much time and patience, which is why I do it this way now with the seam showing.

 

Sew the hanging sleeve to the backing

Sew the hanging sleeve to the backing

Squeeze the sleeve before sewing the lower edge

Squeeze the sleeve before sewing the lower edge

Slipstitch the tube across the back of the quilted wall hanging, sewing along the top of the tube first.  Make sure that your stitches only catch the backing and wadding and don’t go through the quilt top.  Sew the top edge of the tube first.  Before sewing the bottom of the tube in place, squeeze the tube between your fingers so that when you sew the edge there will be a slight bulge in the front of the tube.  This means that when you hang the wall hanging, the dowel will press out towards the wall rather than in towards the quilt.

Balance the dowel on a picture hook

Balance the dowel on a picture hook

Use cord to hang the wall hanging

Use cord to hang the wall hanging

 

Slip the dowel into the hanging sleeve.  You can either hang the dowel on a picture hook as on the left, or attach cord to either end of the dowel and hang it as shown on the right.

I hope that’s given you some ideas for hanging quilted wall hangings.

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Comments

  1. I have just finished my very first quilted wall hanging and your instructions on hanging the quilt were exactly what I needed. Thank you so much.

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