How to Hang a Quilt Tutorial

As I was hanging up some of my quilts recently, I was thinking that some of you might be interested to know how I’m doing this without any visible hanging mechanism showing.

I learned this method from the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, and figured if it’s good enough for a museum, it’s surely good enough for me! And that you folks out there might like to know how it’s done as well.

The Alley, versions I and II, hanging in our living room

First thing you’ll need to do is make a sleeve for the back of your quilt. I didn’t take any photos of this process, but it should be wide enough to fit whatever you are using as a hanger, and a little narrower than your quilt. I cut my strips 6 inches wide, then sewed them in half down the long side with a 1/2″ seam allowance. I pressed the seam open so that it was oriented down the middle of the strip, and then laid the strip with the seam side against the quilt. I don’t bother to do any finishing to the seam OR to the short ends of the sleeve. Not really necessary.

Here’s the slowest step: hand sew the sleeve to the back of the quilt. No way around this really. And it doesn’t have to be pretty, it just needs to be secure.

Okay, now here’s what you’ll need to get it up on the wall:

How to Hang a Quilt Tutorial, step 1

1. Quilt with sleeve attached
2. Piece of wood or dowel for hanger. Make sure it is thick enough to put your screw eyes (see below) into. Mine was a piece of pine 1/4″ thick by 1 5/16″ wide. It was less than $1 a board foot. We were able to cut it to length and buy however much we wanted at the Home Depot.
3. Two screw eyes – here’s a photo of the ones I used

How to Hang a Quilt Tutorial, step 4

4. Straight edge
5. Pencil
6. Hacksaw (or your favorite tool) for cutting the wood or dowel.
7. Sandpaper

Step one: Lay the wood or dowel on the quilt to see how long you need to cut it. You want it long enough so that when you screw the screw eyes into the end they will stick out past the hanger but NOT past the edge of the quilt.

How to Hang a Quilt Tutorial, step 2

Step two: Use the straight edge and the pencil to mark a line where you need to cut.

How to Hang a Quilt Tutorial, step 3

Step three: Cut the wood or dowel. Sorry, I don’t have a photo of this step, because I was cutting! This is the most fun step, by the way. Who doesn’t love tools?? Use the sandpaper to sand the cut edges so they don’t snag your quilt.

Step four: Screw your screw eyes into the end of the wood or dowel. I did this with my hands – no other tools required. If you are having trouble screwing them in, try holding the screw eye with vice grips, or putting a pencil or something through the eye that you can use to turn it.

How to Hang a Quilt Tutorial, step 5

Step five: Check to see that everything looks good. The screw eyes should stick out past the hanging sleeve but not past the edge of the quilt.

How to Hang a Quilt Tutorial, step 6

Step six: Put the hanger into the sleeve.

How to Hang a Quilt Tutorial, step 7

Voila! You are ready to hang!

Here’s what you need to hang your quilt:

How to Hang a Quilt Tutorial, step 8

1. Hammer
2. Two nails
3. Level (if you care that much)
4. Oh, and maybe a pencil

I don’t have photos of this either, but all you need to do is take your quilt with the hanger in the sleeve and hold it up on the wall where you want it (this, of course, may require a helper so you can step back and look). Check to see that it’s level, then mark the spots through the centers of the screw eyes with the pencil. Hammer a nail into the center of each circle you marked and hang the quilt on the nails.

How to Hang a Quilt Tutorial, step 9

(You can even see here where I screwed up and hung this one crooked the first time and had to go back and redo it. That’s what I get for doing these without a helper!)

It’s so simple, that I can’t believe I didn’t figure this out by myself. Note that if you are hanging big quilts, you will likely want bigger, sturdier wood. The museum told me they hang big quilts on what is essentially flat baseboard molding. Who knew?

Happy Hanging!

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44 comments to How to Hang a Quilt Tutorial

  • Brilliant!! So effective and relatively easy. Thanks so much for the tutorial Amy!!

  • Louise

    Thank you so much for the info. I have a Navajo rug to hang and never thought of doing it this way. Now I can finally hang it. This will work great!

  • Thank you!

    This is perfect! No varnishing dowel and so much more professional looking. How the quilt was hung becomes a conversation point!

  • Thanks for this great tutorial! I just saw it on an email from Martingale.

  • Edna

    Great! this is wonderful..Thanks for the tutorial!

  • Amy, your tutorial was so helpful!

    I would like to share with your readers the fact that I am looking for examples of crib quilts made using Ruby McKim’s Three Little Pigs/Big Bad Wolf quilt pattern for an article I am writing. I would appreciate any help I can get to get the word out for quilters/collectors to contact me. Thanks! Keep up the good work! http://karenquilt.blogspot.com/2012/06/ruby-mckims-big-bad-wolf.html

    Karen Alexander, Past President of The Quilters Hall of Fame, member of AQSG since 1981

  • I have been doing something similar – I use a piece of flat wood but cut it long enough to protrude a bit from the ends of the sleeve, then drill a hole through each end of the wood piece to hang it on nails or picture hooks. I never thought about using eye screws, but it would definitely be easier than having to get out the drill and make the holes in the wood. Thanks!

  • Bufordquilter

    I do the same thing but use the hooks from #M company so I don’t put holes in the wall. If I want to change the quilt to one of a different size, the Hooks can be taken down and moved without leaving holes in the wall. They come in different sizes for different differnt weights. These are available at WalMart or Home Depot. (I don’t work for 3M, just a happy user.)

    • Irene

      That’s what I was thinking about: what to do if we want to hang several quilts of different sizes, and don’t damage the wall with holes each time we change the quilts. Thanks for the clever idea!

  • Thank you so much – you will have to go to my blog and see my quilt that I hung using your tutorial! So easy and looks perfect! Thanks again!

  • NancyB in Az

    Thank you so much for this info. This sounds perfect.

  • sherry lynn

    Just the directions I needed. Thank you so much for sharing the photos and tips! :0)

  • Hey thanks for taking the time to give such great instructions.

  • Teresa Purvis

    Your instructions on how to hang a quilt are great, your pictures are great too and make this project very easy. Thanks a bunch!

  • Ronda

    You instructions are just what I was looking for….hanging without visible rods! And so simple too. Thanks for sharing. :)

  • Sharon E

    What if you want to enter your small art quilt in a show? If using a stick, you don’t want holes in the art gallery wall, so how do you hang it? A reply is quickly needed. Thanks! Sharon

  • Shanna

    Thank you, thank you, thank you !!! This looks so fast and easy to do, I can do it myself just like you did : )

  • Ameera

    does this method work for a wovenblanket as well?

  • Rose L

    Easier and faster …just sew a triangle of fabric to each corner and place a dowel or stick of some kind in each corner pocket and suspend from a couple of #M hooks or nails. Space the hooks/nails about 12 inches apart so you can use these hangers for many quilt sizes.

  • Julie

    I do similar also.Only I make 2 sleeves that fit 1/2″ in from outer edge and 1″ from centre. I hem the ends only and fold raw edges wrong sides together and stitch to quilt with the binding. Only need to handstitch the fold to quilt then. The 2 sleeves with the gap in the centre then enable me to screw a screw eye to the centre of my piece of dowel to hang on a picture hook. I use round dowel. This way if I want to hang a different size, I don’t have to put more holes in the wall to accomodate. If I enter a quilt in a quilt show, their rods will still be abled to be used.

  • Julie

    I’ve also done the same as Rose L with the corner triangles. Cut a square and fold in half on the diagonal and place raw edges to the top corners on the back and secure in place with pins or tacking stitch. Attach binding as normal. Again I use the dowel with a screw eye in the centre and hang.

  • This is the best directions I have seen on hanging a quilt of any size. Thank you

  • jessica broadway

    I just found your site, and love it! I just wanted to share an awesome way of hanging quilts for display that I learned from a lady I used to make large art quilts for. She used the curtain hangers that are circles with little alligator clips attached to them. No need for sewing anything onto the quilt, and you can then use either small hooks or a decorative rod on the wall for hanging.

  • Michael

    I am helping a friend, or at least want to, hang a round quilt on her wall. Now she has a bunch of stick pins holding it up but it is beginning to sag. Ugly, ugly. I thought about making a cardboard thingy a little smaller than the quilt and use Velcro dots on the quilt and cardboard, fasten the cardboard to the wall and press the quilt with the Velcro dots it after the cardboard form is fastened to the wall. Lots of Velcro I bet and no guarantee the dots will hold up very long. Any ideas?

  • Gloria

    Great tutorial. Hung one up and looked awful. Now I can make it look this good. Thank you!

  • Thanks so much for taking the time to write this detailed tutorial. I now have some lovely quilts hanging on the walls instead of sitting folded in a box in the closet.

  • I am ever so grateful for this information, thank you so much, a great inexpensive way to hang a quilt. I am wondering if you have any information or know who might on how to build a wall display case for a large hanging quilt with a glass front. The Ozark Airline Quilt I have made will be hung in the Springfield, MO airport, I am wanting it safe and kept clean. I would appreciate any information you might have.
    Thank You,
    Bev Adler-Koenig

  • I am so grateful for the information on “How to hang a quilt”, thank you so very much. This is a great and inexpensive method, it gives full tribute to only the quilt.
    I am wondering if you have any information or know who might on how to build a wall display case with glass front to display a large quilt. The quilt I have made is an Ozark Airline Quilt that will be hung in the Springfield, MO airport. I need something that will encase it to keep it safe and keep it clean. Thank you
    Bev Adler-Koenig

  • Tami Minor

    what a great idea! thanks for sharing!

  • brilliant!i have joined the ranks of quilts on the walls thanks to you!

  • Lynn Esser

    Thank you so much for such excellent instructions. I just hung a quilt that will become a family heirloom and it turned out beautifully.

  • Sophie Guha

    Can you let me know if you also have to do anything to the base of the quilt? I am just wondering how it hangs without flapping around? Any tips would be much appreciated!

  • Bridget

    Just finished my first quilting project, a wall hanging for our guest room. I was so happy to find this easy tutorial – I don’t need anything elaborate or expensive since my quilt is … ummm … slightly imperfect :) We have all these supplies on hand so this can be done within an hour or so. Can’t wait to hang it and move on to the next project! Thank you for this great guide.

  • Thanks for this tutorial. I just finished a quilt and was trying to figure out how to hang it.

  • Ralph

    Your procedure was informative and I thank you. I used a narrow mop handle. I suggest hanging the dowel or slat first so you get it perfectly level, then install it in the quilt and rehang. Saves you having to hold the whole thing up there while you level it.

  • vonkaye

    and to fix the holes, put in some white tooth paste. or get one of those tubes, or a small container of patching plaster.

  • Delta quilter

    I removed the closet doors in my sewing room. The opening is covered by a quilt with a sleeve hanging from a pretty curtain rod. Pretty and functional. I can change quilts with the seasons. If you don’t have a sleeve attached, you can use cafe rod clips.

  • Janet

    Love this tutorial. Just hung a quilt yesterday! So quick, easy, and inexpensive! I love how it just appears to float on the wall! Thanks for sharing this!!!

  • Sandi

    Our daughter made a quilt for our 25th wedding anniversary and I have never been able to hang it. Your idea sounds splendid and I can wait to get it up.Thank you so much

  • Janet

    Thanks so much for this great tutorial — I have always drilled holes in the ends of my wooden slat, which takes more time and effort, so I will definitely try this way in the future. One small caution, though: raw wood produces acids that can damage a quilt over time. If the quilt being hung is an heirloom or valuable, it’s worth the time and effort to varnish the wood first. Here’s a link to a site talking about quilt care: http://www.quiltmuseum.org/quilt-care.html

  • Susan

    Take the wood OUT of the sleeve and use the level on the wood strip to mark your holes. THEN put the wood strip back into the sleeve and mount it. This way you won’t mark wrong. :)

  • JUDY ARONOW

    THANK YOU SO MUCH – THIS IS JUST WHAT I WAS LOOKING FOR – SUPER!

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