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How to Hang a Quilt

Laura’s Affordable Method

Part 7 of 7 How to Make a Small Quilt


Before you can hang a quilt it must have a sleeve to insert a rod into. Visit my tutorial on how to apply a sleeve to the back of a quilt.  


A rod can be a curtain rod, dowel rod, or anything else that works the same. I have a zillion tension rods from curtains in previous houses. I cut these off about inches longer than the sleeve of each small quilt.

Hanging the Quilt on a Door

We have a glass storm door on the front so I can hang quilts on the front door protected from the elements.

If I’m hanging the quilt on the front door - I have only the one cup hook centered on the door between the two glass sections. Shown here is the backside of the quilt.



I use a chain like the pull chain on a fan or lamp. It fits through the metal rod and hooks to keep it secure. Get it at the hardware store and don’t forget the closure part too - smiles!

    The bug is a broach. I added it to the all white backing fabric of this quilt to give my camera something to focus onto. Smiles

This is a close up of the end of the rod with the chain coming out of it. This is the backside of the quilt



Hanging the Quilt on the Wall

If hanging the quilt on the wall I still use the same rod. If the quilt is larger I use probably the whole tension rod adjusted to the length I need. But I don’t use a chain.


A close up of the top of the quilt against the wall



Here I have pinned back the top portion of the quilt to show you the top of the sleeve with the rod sticking out the two ends and sitting on a nail in the wall


More detail so you can see better.


To apply it to the wall I use two long paneling nails hammered in at an angle (like a V shape) so the ends of the rod can sit in the V space. It’s amazing how secure this is. Unless the quilt is placed in a high traffic area or where it will get brushed up against, this method works great.


More detail so you can see better.


Fimbria Flowers

Place the two nails where the 2 ends of the rod will sit in the V space and in the area between the sleeve and the edge of the quilt. This way the rod and the nails are hidden. I hang full bed size quilts this way. I also use a large curtain rod for quilts that large too.

A close up of the end with the nail hammered in at an angle and the rod sitting in the V.


More details so you can see better



For high traffic areas or where the quilt will get brushed up against I recommend getting a curtain rod with hardware that can be screwed into the wall for extra security. They are expensive compared to my method but I have so many quilts hanging in my home the costs would simply be prohibitive.

There are many ways to hang quilts. This is my most frequently used and most economical method.


This concludes my comprehensive tutorial on how to make a small quilt.

If you missed a segment please follow it in this order:

  1. The Quarter Inch Foot
  2. How to Make Small Quilt Tops
  3. Layering a Quilt
  4. How to Quilt a Quilt
  5. How to Make a Quilt Label
  6. Quilt Sleeve
  7. Laura’s affordable Method of Hanging a Quilt



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