Of course you want to show off your nifty new quilt by displaying it on the nearest wall. Here’s a way to make a quilt hangable that involves no hand sewing at all! As soon as I found this technique at the Alzheimers Quilt Initiative website, I had to try it on a quilt of my own.
This method is even easier than making a hanging sleeve for your quilt, but it comes with two caveats:
- The dowel or rod you hang the quilt on must be cut to the exact width of the quilt. If you use a hanging sleeve to hand the quilt, you can use any old dowel that’s longer than the quilt.
- The technique is best for smaller quilts because it provides no support for the center of the quilt. A larger quilt might sag in the middle.
Step by Step Instructions
Here’s how to add hanging pockets to the back of your quilt:
- Start with the quilt squared up and ready to bind.
- Measure the quilt’s width across the top and divide by three. Cut four fabric squares that size. If the quilt is 18″ wide, cut 6″ squares.
- Fold each square in half into a triangle. They should look like this:
- Pin the triangles into the four corners of the quilt’s back side, with their raw edges aligned with the quilt’s outer edges.
- Attach the binding to the quilt. I prefer the no-hand-sewing method. When you sew the binding on, the triangles will be sewn into the corners of the quilt.
- Here’s what the quilt looks like with the binding sewn on:
- Cut a dowel or a flat piece of wood to the width of the quilt and insert it in the top two triangles. If the quilt doesn’t want to lie flat, you can add a second dowel at the bottom to make it hang straight.
Your quilt is now ready to hand on a single nail or screw.
Post photo: “Costa Rican Cart,” by Jackie Seidell. Photographed by Christine Mann at the Pacific International Quilt Festival, 2010.