How to Hang a Quilt

Temporary

When hanging a quilt for a short period of time, say for a party or to photograph it, you want a quick method that does not harm the quilt or the structure on which it is hung. Below are some photos of some possible ways to hang your quilt. As we get more examples we will post them here.

HangerCommercial pant hangers

Pant hangers with the hooks that swivel will give you more hanging flexibility. You can hang the hangers from a bar stretched between two ladders, from gutters, from a rope tied between two trees or any other way you can come up with using what you have around you.

 
  Quilt hung using pant hangers 
 Commercial pant hangers

Office Supplies

This quilt was hung to a curtain rod using steal spring office clips. Another office supply that can be used to hang your quilt is push pins. Push the pin into the quilt right at the binding and put the pin into a wall or the top of window or door moldings.

   Quilt hung using office clips
 Clips and Clothes Pins

Clips and Clothes Pins

Clothes pinned to a gutter. Other similar solutions include using spring clamps that you would find in your wood shop. Some have a large enough opening above the clamp part that you can put them over a rod. The quilt is held in the clamp. Three mid-size clamps can hold most quilts.

   Quilt hung using clamps
     

Permanent

Considerations for permanent display of your quilt include a wall area large enough to put your quilt. Another consideration is the damage your hanging system may do to your wall. And remember that sunlight fades fabric at a rate faster than you might realize. So watch where you hang your quilt.

Quilt hung using IKEA hanging system 

Close up of IKEA hanging system

 

Commercial Quilt Hanger

There are any number of commercial quilt hanging systems. Just Google “how to hang a quilt” or “quilt hangers” and you will get more systems than you might realize.

We use this Ikea system (photos to the left) for hanging our quilts here in the shop. The quilt just clips on to the hangers that hang on the wire that is strung from anchor point to anchor point. With this system we can change our quilts as frequently as we would like. This system does not require a special sleeve or loops to be sewn onto your quilt. And as a bonus, the quilt can be moved along the wire like a curtain.

A curtain rod in a sleeve on the back of the quilt. This is a traditional way to hang a quilt. Any type of curtain rod and holders can be used. It does require a sleeve on the back of the quilt or hanging loops. This quilt (bottom right) was made by Cara using our book, How To Make a Too Cool T-shirt Quilt.

Quilt hung on rod

 Quilt hung using loops on a rack    Two Hanging T-shirt Quilts