Saturday, April 7, 2012

Hanging a Quilt

You've worked so many hours to make a beautiful quilt and now it's all quilted, the binding is finished, and the label is sewn in place.  You want to hang it where you can enjoy your masterpiece but for me, putting on that sleeve is absolutely the worst part of making a quilt.  I'll admit, I've been so lazy that sometimes I just grab the stapler and staple it to the wall.  Yikes! I know, it's awful, but I tell myself that the staples are no different than pins, and if I do it myself, my husband doesn't know and can't complain about holes in the wall.

There are all types of quilt hangers on the market but I like having my quilt hang right against the wall, nice and straight, and I don't want to spend a lot of money.  I need my money to buy fabric for another quilt!  Lately, I've been trying to mend my lazy ways and have developed a method of quick and easy quilt hanging. Just in case you too are looking for an easy hanger - here are my steps:


First, you need to go shopping at Home Depot or a similar type hardware/lumber store.  Go to the molding department and look for this board (they call it trim).  It is about 1" wide and 1/4" thick.  Make certain you buy one that is straight so your quilt doesn't bow out from the wall.  Now, go to the hardware section to find nails.  You need 2 small nails, about 2 inches long that don't have big heads.  This sounds like a girl describing hardware, but you know what I mean.

Measure the width of the quilt and cut the board about 3 inches shorter than this measurement so the ends of the board won't show when the quilt is hung on the wall.  Now, drill small holes close to each end big enough that the holes can easily slip over the nail heads.  This doesn't require a big drill, a Dremel will work. If you don't have a saw at home, they will cut the board at the store for you so have your measurement ready.  If you find the right sales person, they will even drill the holes. 

Using your board as a guide, pound the nails straight into the wall (the nails should extend a little bit from the edge of the board) and then remove the board.

The fabric for the sleeve is 4 1/2" wide and the length between the holes in the board plus 1".

Turn under 1/4" twice on each end of the sleeve and stitch.  Fold in half, lengthwise, wrong sides together, and sew with a 1/4" seam.

Press into a flat sleeve with the seam somewhere in the center.  Following this method, you don't have to turn the sleeve and the seam will be hidden when you stitch the sleeve in place with a simple whip stitch.

Center the sleeve on the back of the quilt, about 1" below the binding edge and pin in place.  I stitch on both long sides of the sleeve, careful to catch only the back of the quilt and a little of the batting.

Slide the board into the sleeve, place the holes in the board over the nails, stand back and admire your work.

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