How to make a quilt sleeve—quick! (video)

Mary hanging quilts at Quilt Market
Mary Burns, marketing coordinator, readying quilts to hang in the Quilt Market booth, Fall 2012.

Your quilt is finished—and you want the whole world to see it! Beyond a bed, a perfect place to show off a quilt you’re proud of is on a wall. No matter the size, quilts on walls instantly offer a beauty and coziness that can rival any canvas or photograph. Quilts on walls can even help insulate a room and cut down on sound distortion. Leave it to a quilt to be both beautiful and practical!

How to Make a Hanging SleeveSo, how do you hang a quilt on the wall, anyway? To protect, secure, and show off your quilt, use a hanging sleeve for quilt display. If you haven’t bound your quilt yet, you can add a permanent sleeve to the back of your quilt (download our free “How to Make a Hanging Sleeve” instructions from our How to Quilt page). But what if your binding is already sewn? No problem. There’s another way that’s quick, easy…and totally temporary!

Mary BurnsOur marketing coordinator, Mary Burns (right), is the organizational powerhouse behind our twice-yearly journeys to Quilt Market, where we display lots of quilts for a very short time. Occasionally, a quilt that needs to hang in the booth doesn’t have a hanging sleeve. Does that ruffle Mary’s feathers? No way! That’s because she’s got a quick quilt-hanging technique up her…well, sleeve! Let Mary show you how to quickly get a quilt ready for a wall in our latest how-to video.

Watch the “How to Make a Quilt Sleeve” video on YouTube

Thanks for explaining how the pros do it, Mary!

Can you tell the difference between the sewn-in quilt sleeves and the safety-pin sleeves?

Quilt Market booth 1
Quilt Market booth panning left (with account manager Dorothy and retired customer-service manager Chris)…

Quilt Market booth 2
Quilt Market booth panning right.

Neither can we!

For even more ideas, see this post about how to hang a quilt on a wall.

Got a tip for hanging quilts? Share it in the comments!

9 Comments (leave a comment)

  • Nice Tut. Very helpful and easy.
    Thank you.

    —Voni on September 24, 2013
  • I always just staple my wall hanging quilts to the wall. I staple in the edges of the binding and you can barely see it. The best part is that the staples leave the smallest of holes in the wall. Not nearly as large a hole as a thumbtack or nail would make. Try it, I’ve been doing it for years.

    —Donna on September 24, 2013
  • I use heavy black binder clips from the local office supply house. They are durable enough to hold the heaviest of quilts and don’t leave any marks or holes when they are hanging. The hole in the handles of the binder clips are easily slipped over a nail or coat hanger for better viewing depending on where you want to hang your quilt. I use the coat hangers to hang on the gutters of my roof when I’m taking pictures.

    Keep smiling,

    Lynnita Shipman on September 26, 2013
  • Just what I was looking for…
    Thank you.

    —Karen on October 2, 2013
  • Thank-you for showing an alternative sleeve, especially for those of us that don’t like the permanent ones.

    Pamela on January 13, 2014
  • This seems very dangerous, especially if the quilt is very heavy. All those holes. No thanks.

    Donna, what happens to your wall after years of stapling quilts? Yikes!

    —vickie on May 21, 2014
  • For our quilt show we were told this was not a recommended idea. We were taught how to make a proper quilt sleeve which can be removed. Definitely just as time consuming as a permanent sleeve. To me this pinning idea would be best left for small quilts as in this demo.

    —Rose-Marie on June 19, 2014
  • An easy method for hanging quilts without sleeves ( if you have viewings from both sides of the quilts… and poles or rods are available ) , lay the quilts back to back having the tops even and use safety pins just along the inside on the tops pinning both quilts together through the backings, they will hang over a rod or line just fine, the pins don’t damage the quilts and they hang beautifully. Also very easy to take down after the quilt show or at a market! We had great success using this method at a quilt show recently.
    Shirley Vick

    Shirley Vick on June 19, 2014
  • Thank You for sharing another option for displaying quilts in a market setting. I appreciate the additional insights from other quilters, too! One question, I see in some of the photos from "Market" s-hooks to hang the rods on…can you tell me where these are found? I am using a 2″ diameter Heavy Duty PVC (furniture grade) frame…

    Hi Maureen,

    S Hooks are readily available at most home improvement, hardware or home organization stores. I also found many on line sellers-just do a search for "s hooks" and you’ll get all sorts of hits!

    ~Cornelia/Customer Service

    —Maureen on July 1, 2014

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