How To Hang Your Quilt Collection For Display? 8+ Unique Ideas For Decorating

How to hang quilts for display?

To display a quilt on a wall, you could purchase a specially designed quilt hanger, or sew a quilt hanging sleeve to the top of the quilt.

Never use nails, pins, or staples to hold a quilt on the wall. It’s also wise to display quilts in areas where light levels are low as light damage to textiles is irreversible.

Quilts should not stay locked away in chests all the time: quilts should be displayed and admired.

I have seen a lot of quilt hangers for sale: some are so fancy that they distract the eye from the quilt. Others are too rough or folksy, and far too many press the quilt against raw or stained wood, risking stains or even damage to the fabric.

If you are looking for an affordable readymade solution, then check out the following popular quilt display solutions you can purchase from Amazon.

⭐⭐⭐ ==> At the end of the article, I shared some useful guides for small vs large quilt hanging and money-saving tips. Scroll to the bottom if you can’t wait!

Quilt Display Rod

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You have spent a lot of time and money on your quilt and deserve to have it displayed beautifully! – This rod is very popular among quilters because the whole display system is supported with ONE nail so that you no longer have to make sure your nails are level.

Once a fabric pocket is sewn on the top of the quilt itself, hanging the item straight is easy with this device.

Quilt Display Wall Hanger

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Best quilt hanger for wall display

These are simple in design and do not detract from the quilt. – They are very sturdy and hold the quilt perfectly so there is no slipping or sliding.

For a large quilt, put one at each top corner and two at equal distances in the middle. With a smaller quilt, one person can easily mount and display their quilt or tapestry.

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Best Invisible Quilt Hangers

Quilts appear to float on the wall with no visible means of support. – This looks fantastic, but it is not for every type of wall. So make sure you check out the reviews before a decision. It is also easy to remove one quilt and hang another.

Quilt Display Hangers

If you have a small quilt to display on the wall or want a heavy-duty hanger to hang your quilt in the cabinet, check out the following designs.

If you want to hang one of your favorite quilts, there are right and wrong ways to do it.

How I Mount A Small Lap Quilt

For a small lap quilt, you may be tempted to tack up the corners with thumbtacks. Don’t do it! In time, the quilt fabric will be stretched, torn and damaged. Instead, hand sew two or three small tabs to the top or back of the quilt.

Depending on the weight of the quilt, you may be able to simply add a few loops of embroidery floss to the backside for hangers. These loops would then be draped over small tacks. Again, this method will only work with wall quilts that are lightweight.

How I Prefer To Hang A Large Quilt

Larger quilts need to have a hanging sleeve added to the backside. A hanging sleeve is not difficult to make. It is really a simple fabric tube that is whip stitched to the back of the quilt. It also requires a dowel rod or a curtain rod for hanging. A quilting friend of mine, Suzie, gave me the following directions:

How Suzie Showed Me How To Make A Hanging Sleeve For Displaying A Large Quilt

To make a hanging sleeve, measure the top edge of your quilt then add 2 inches to that length. This is how long your hanging sleeve needs to be.

You will need to determine the width of your hanging sleeve by considering the width of the rod on which it will hang. A fabric strip 6 inches wide will usually fit rods that are 2 inches or smaller in diameter. A rod that is 2 inches in diameter is really quite thick! That is going to be one big quilt!

For even larger rods, cut the width of the fabric strip to be 8 to 10 inches. You will actually fold this strip over and sew it together to make the hanging sleeve.

Once you have determined the size of the fabric strip and it has been cut, you need to fold each of the short ends under about 1 ½ inch and stitch them down. This hems the sides of the sleeve.

Then, fold the tube in half lengthwise and stitch it together along the raw ends. When you sew the sides together, do so with the wrong sides together. The seam on the backside of the tube will not be visible anyway.

Once you have created a tube from the fabric piece, you will need to sew it to the backside of the quilt. Start by placing the tube on the backside of the quilt about ¼ to ½ inch down from the top. You can pin it into place if you like.

Sewing the fabric tube must be done by hand. Whipstitch the tube to the backside of the top of the quilt. Be sure you don’t go all the way through the quilt, though. Only sew through the fabric tube, the backing, and the batting of the quilt.

If you sew all the way through, you will ruin the front of the quilt. Don’t worry if the whip stitches are a little visible on the back of your quilt. They won’t be seen when you hang the quilt to display.

Whipstitch along both sides of the fabric tube lengthwise. Be sure to leave the ends of the tube open. This is where the rod will be inserted later.

Once the tube is completely stitched down, you have completed your hanging sleeve. To display your quilt, slip the rod through the sleeve then mount it on your hanging hardware.

I had such a sense of satisfaction the first time I managed to hang a quilt! That evening, I hosted a dinner party. We were six at the table, and I noticed that the room was much quieter. The quilt was softening the acoustics of the room, so that the voices of my guests were not booming around the room.

Soft furnishings are so lovely, nurturing us in our own homes and improving our lives in ways that we are often only subconsciously aware!

How Suzie Showed Me How To Save Money Displaying A Quilt

Susie is a dear friend. She is from a wealthy family and money is no object. In my case … no!

As usual, Suzie was both helpful and tactful when I asked her how to hang a quilt. She said simply, ‘A typical curtain rod will do. Get a complete curtain set — one that has the mounting brackets included. Instead of hanging over a window, simply position the brackets on the wall of your choice. Sometimes you may need to add support in the middle of the rod’.

Suddenly, I could see my way to buy a curtain mounting set, play around with making pencil markings on the wall until I was happy with the position of the rod and brackets, mount everything in place and then enjoy the triumphant moment of admiring the quilt that had been hidden in the cupboard.

Hanging sleeve on the back of a wall hanging. The fabric matches the backing.

One popular device for hanging quilts on display is to sew a sleeve on the back of your quilt and insert a dowel or other rod.

The sleeve is made by folding a piece of fabric that is approximately the width of your quilt or wall hanging in half lengthwise. Then sew the edges together, using a 1/4″ seam allowance, and turn it inside out, so the seam allowance is on the inside.

Attach the sleeve to the quilt about 1/2″ below the top of the quilt and secure the bottom of the sleeve to the quilt as well. Leave the ends open, so you can insert a dowel or rod.

Some Suggestions for Dowels or Rods

  • 1/2″ (in diameter) dowel — is available at a lumberyard or many quilt shops. If your quilt is quite large, you may need a thicker dowel to support the weight of the quilt.
  • Curtain rod — either a plain curtain rod attached to the wall or a decorative rod with fancy ends
  • Wooden Closet rod — these are great for very large and heavy quilts. Attach screw eyes at each end of the rod, and then use nails or screws to hang the rod from the wall.

✅Another reason to go for curtain rods is a huge range of decorative styles to match with your quilt design, here are some of my favorite designs ==> Click the images below to see the price and dimension options on Amazon.

Now you can overflow your entire house with beautiful quilts. They cover beds, drape across tables, fill up the living room walls, and sprawl over couches. Where do you put the new ones you make? Try these great ways.

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