Wallhanging Tabs

Finished Quilt Tabs for Hanging Quilted Moose WallhangingHanging a quilt is as important as the quilt itself.  Your finished project shouldn’t hang in a way that will detract from its beauty.  Here’s an easy and practical way to make tabs to display your quilts.

Possibly this idea has been around for eons, but I’d never seen it.  I’m grateful when I saw this idea online that it stuck with me until I needed it!  I remembered there were tabs in the corner of a quilt, but I had no idea how it was done or what size fabric with which to start.  So, like most quilters, I “wung” it.

I started with a 4″ square – only because that was the size of the scrap near my sewing machine.  I folded it in half to make a triangle.  It was way too large to use for tabs for my small quilt.  I cut it in fours resulting in 2″ x 2″ squares.  I folded these into triangles and stitched the raw edges.  Then I placed them in the top two corners with raw edges in my stitching path.

I’ll explain in a little more detail.  When I bind quilts, I make the bias binding and sew it right sides together on the front of my quilt.  Before I fold the binding to the back and hand stitch, I placed my wallhanging tabs on the upper back corners in the stitching path.Easy Hanging Tabs for Quilts

You can see in the photo above my 1/4″ stitching path as well as my stitching near my raw edges.  Remember I stitch my bias binding with the front of my quilt facing up.  Taking the time to stitch the raw edges keeps things from puckering on the back side which I can’t see.

After you flip your binding to the back, the raw edges are tucked in nicely and you’re left with a triangle slot with finished edges.Tabs for Hanging a Quilt

I haven’t tried it yet, but I believe you’ll need larger tabs to hang larger quilts.  I’m guessing because of the weight of big quilts, you’d need a more substantial rod than a dowel.   I’d even make a tab of sorts for the rod to slide through in the middle of the quilt to keep it from sagging or going wonky.  Remember to make the center tab only slightly larger than your rod so when the quilt is hanging, the tab doesn’t show above the quilt.

I’ll probably find a nice branch for mine.  Pretty simple, right?

You can read how I make bias binding here.  Do you have other ways that are easy and practical for hanging quilts?  Please share them in the comments below.

Comments

  1. Deborah Stokes says:

    I’ve used tabs like those on small wall hangings and cut a 3/4 inch step of foam board the needed length. It is flat, light weight and sturdy. Worked great.

  2. Great tip, Deborah! Thanks for sharing. I always used sleeves to hang everything quilted. What do you use for large quilts?

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  1. […] I also tried some thread painting.  It was loads of fun for someone who hasn’t had instruction – yet.  In a couple of weeks, Sarah Ann Smith will be teaching at my quilt group.  We are all super excited to have a talented teacher instruct us!  I’ll post pictures of my class project.This photo shows the back of Almira’s Landscape.  I didn’t quilt as densely because of the heavy thread work on the front.  Notice I added corner tabs to the top of the wallhanging for ease of displaying this quilt.  You can read about my process of adding hanging tabs here. […]

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