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How to Hang A Quilt, Tapestry or Rug

Updated on February 3, 2013
Mola Quilt
Mola Quilt | Source

An Easy Guide for Quilt Wall Hanging

If you own one nice quilt or a collection of them, a vintage tapestry or an old rug that you think might look better hanging on the wall instead of on the floor, then here is an easy guide for hanging a large fabric piece on the wall. It is easier than you might think.

You are going to make a sleeve for the back of your quilt, tapestry or rug. With a quilt or fabric tapestry the sleeve can be made from almost any material. For a rug, strong canvas should be used in order to support the weight of the rug.

The sleeve is basically an opening sewn on to the back of the object that you intend to hang. It works like the sleeve on a curtain or drape. The intention is to slide a rod or piece of wood from a quilt wall mount kit through the sleeve for support.

Before you sew the sleeve, you should have purchased the wall hanging kit, quilt rack or rod to hang your wall art. The rod or rack should be longer than the width of the quilt or tapestry and include instructions for hanging it on a wall. You can hang the wall rack or rod mount before sewing the sleeve or afterwards, it does not matter. Make the opening of the sleeve wide enough to incorporate the rod or wooden slat.

Quilt Sleeve
Quilt Sleeve | Source

Creating the Sleeve and Hanging Your Art

You must measure how wide your tapestry, rug or quilt is and cut a strip of fabric or canvas if hanging a rug to match this measurement. The opening of the sleeve should be wide enough to incorporate the rod. Add an extra inch to the opening to allow for seams.

For example, lets say you quilt is 36" wide and your rod is 2" thick. Cut your sleeve 36" x 3". You are going to seam the length of the sleeve with a 1/2" seam. This can be done quickly on your sewing machine and can be basic. Remember, the sleeve will not be seen so it does not have to be perfect.

After sewing the two seems you will hand stitch the sleeve to the reverse side of the rug, quilt or tapestry. I know, this is time consuming but it can't be helped. Sew on the sleeve with a thread that will match and blend into the color scheme of whatever it is that you intend to hand on the wall.

You are now ready to hang your quilt, tapestry or rug. If you have already mounted the wall bracket or rod supports then just slide the rod or wood rail through the sleeve and hang. Otherwise, mount your kit to the wall by following the enclosed instructions. Remember to use a level when hanging your rack so that your tapestry, quilt or rug do not hang crooked.


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      carol stanley 

      7 years ago from Arizona

      Great hub on hanging rugs and quilts. I learned a few things here. Thanks for writing and voting up.

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      8 years ago from Northfield, MA

      Thanks for the vote of confidence, Moonlake!

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      8 years ago from Northfield, MA

      Thanks eHealer! :)

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      8 years ago from Northfield, MA

      Thanks Scribenet,

      I am glad that you will finally be able to hang your Grandmother's rug!

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      Maggie Griess 

      8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Great Hub, I have a handmade rug my Grandmother made for me and I have often thought of making it into a wall hanging. Now I know how! Thanks!

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      8 years ago from Las Vegas

      Great hub and very useful. I love the idea but never knew how to do it. Thank you for the great info, Voted Up!

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      8 years ago from America

      That's the way I hung my quilt. Good information. I'm trying to get back to quilting and get some quilting done that I need to get done. I have many started but need to finish them. Voted Up.


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