I've been using this hanging technique for a couple years and love it! Not only is it easy, but your mini will hang flat...no drooping corners!
While working on a quilt made of scraps, I had enough scraps from scraps (?) to make a mini quilt for this tutorial!
|15 1/2" x 15 1/2"|
You will also need the following:
2 - 3 1/4" Squares
2 - 3" Pieces of Twill Tape or Ribbon
1 - Piece of Wood (size to be determined later)
Cut 2 - 3 1/2" squares and 2 - 3" twill tape. You can use any width of ribbon or twill tape. Mine happens to be 1/2".
Fold your squares in half and press.
On the backside of your quilt, place the folded squares in the top left and right corners of your quilt and pin in place.
Place your ribbon approximately 2 1/2" on either side of the center of your quilt pin. (Placement will depend on how big your quilt is) The ribbon pieces will keep your quilt from pulling away from the board, keeping it flat and perfect.
I don't tack the twill/ribbon down at the bottom. The smaller ones stay nice an snug to the board.
If you use tags, now is a good time to add that too!
Stitch 1/8" around to secure the pinned pieces.
Finish your quilt by adding the binding in your usual method.
Next, the wooden slat! If you wash your Mini's, do so before you cut the piece of wood to allow for quilt shrinkage.
I use a couple different sizes of wood. Both are less than 1/4" thick, and either works perfectly well. I get my pieces at Home Depot, but I'm sure there are other sources that carry the same thing.
The first piece is a precut 4 foot length. The second piece is used as screen door trim, and comes in all different lengths.
Measure across your quilt from just inside your binding and subtract 1/2". Mine was 14 1/2", so I want the wood piece to be 14". This will still keep your quilt flat, but also allows for a little wiggle room to adjust for hanging.
Mark the center of the board, drill a small hole and viola! you have the perfect hanging system for those amazing mini's! Before you drill the hole, make sure it's large enough to fit over the head of the nail you will be using.
I have my husband deal with the cutting and drilling for me, not that I couldn't do it...he just likes to feel needed sometimes!
I found that these little gadgets work great!! You can find them in the picture hanging section everywhere! (Home Depot, Joanns, Target)
There are many different ways to hang mini quilts/wall hangings. This one is my favorite and works the best for me.
I used a modified version of this method for a large 3 foot wall hanging. Instead of ribbon, I made four 'hanging sleeves' from fabric across the top. I did tack them down on the bottom because they were bigger and I didn't want any issues.
I hope this is a useful tutorial! Do you have a favorite method to hang your Mini's? I would love to hear what it is!