Hang Quilts with Triangles

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Did you know there are multiple ways to hang a quilt?

A rectangular sleeve is the first method that comes to mind for many people but it isn’t the only way.

Triangles are another shape that can be used on the back of a quilt to hold the rod securely.

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Two Ways to Use Triangles

There are two ways triangles can be used:

  1. Triangle corners
  2. Triangle sleeve
two ways to use triangles to hang quilts

Triangle corners are great for small quilts but can be used for quilts of any size.

You may need to put a tab or rectangle sleeve in between the corners to prevent sagging on medium to large size quilts.

A rectangle sleeve used between triangle corners to prevent sagging.
The sleeve between the triangle corners will keep the quilt from sagging in the middle.

The triangle sleeve is a great option for larger quilts and gives you a couple of options with the rod.

Because of how the squares are folded and attached to the quilt to make the triangle sleeve, the ends of the rod can be visible or hidden. This allows you to change out the rod if you want.

Hang quilts two ways with the triangle sleeve.
The triangle sleeve can be used two ways.

Make sure to read How to Hang a Quilt on the Wall to discover the many rod and anchor options available to display quilts as part of your home decor.

Triangles – Permanent or Temporary

TRIANGLE CORNERS can be permanent or temporary.

If the corners are permanent, you attach them BEFORE you attach the binding.

However, if you want to hang a quilt that already has a binding or you want to remove the triangle corners at a later date, the temporary attaching method is the way to go.

permanent or temporary corners to hang quilts
Permanent corners are attached under the binding. Temporary corners are hand sewn near close the binding.

The TRIANGLE SLEEVE works best if the triangles are secured under the binding. So the triangle sleeve is a permanent part of the quilt.

Fabric, Supplies, and Sewing Skills

In order to make the triangle corners or triangle sleeve, you’ll need fabric, basic sewing supplies, and some machine and/or hand sewing skills.

Fabric

Any fabric can be used for the triangles as long as it doesn’t stretch.

You can use:

  • leftover fabric from the quilt
  • coordinating fabric
  • muslin
  • fabric left over from another project

Supplies

In order to attach the triangles you’ll need basic sewing supplies:

  • pins
  • needles (machine and hand)
  • thread
  • scissors
  • sewing gauge or measuring tape
  • rotary cutter, mat, and ruler
  • iron and board
  • sewing machine

Sewing Skills

Depending on whether or not the triangles will be permanent or temporary, you will need to use your sewing machine, hand sewing, or both.

Binding Tutorials

The quilt will need a binding whether you attach triangle corners or triangle sleeves. There are many ways to bind a quilt. For tutorials on how I bind quilts, take a look at the following posts:

A few tutorials to help you are:

Hand Sewing Tutorials

Not sure how to hand sew or need a refresher?

You can find all my hand sewing tutorials here – Types of Hand Stitches: a Guide for Beginners.

Popular posts in the hand sewing guide for beginners are:

The two main stitches used to attach the fabric for hanging your quilt are the:

Cutting Triangles

You will actually be cutting squares then folding them to make the triangles.

There isn’t a hard and fast rule for what size to cut the squares. However, the measurements below will give you a starting point.

Don’t hesitate to make adjustments to the square size if the folded triangles seem too big or too small for your quilt.

Cutting Triangle Corners

  • 4-inch squares will work for most quilts. You can adjust the size if you feel like the triangles are too big or too small for your quilt.
  • Cut at least 2 squares. (Cut 4 squares if you want to put triangles in all 4 corners. Why do this? The bottom triangle corners can hold a rod across the bottom and keep the bottom edge of the quilt from rippling.)
Inset pictures shows the triangle corners and a flat rod on the back of the quilt.

Cutting for a Triangle Sleeve

  • Cut 3 squares.
    • Cut 5-inch squares for small quilts.
    • Cut 7-inch squares for medium quilts.
    • Cut 12-inch squares for large quilts.
  • Because of how the triangles are folded for the triangle sleeve, you may find yourself adjusting the size of the squares if they are too big or too small for your quilt.

Attaching Triangle Corners

The triangle corners are actually squares that are folded to make triangles.

Triangle corners are great for small quilts but can be used for quilts of any size.

You may want to put a tab or a small rectangular sleeve in between the triangle corners to prevent sagging on medium to large size quilts.

Permanent Triangle Corners

For the corners to be permanent, you will baste the triangles to the quilt back BEFORE you attach the binding.

  1. Cut 2 (or 4) squares to make the triangles. (See the section above on Cutting Triangle Corners.)
Steps 2 and 3 on making permanent triangle corners

2. Fold each square in half with the wrong sides together to form a triangle. Press.

3. Line up the raw edges of the triangles with the raw edges of the quilt. Baste in place with 1/8-inch seam allowance.

4. Attach the binding to the front and back.

That’s it…you’re done!

Close up of a permanent triangle corner with an inset of how a rod is used with them.
Close up of a permanent triangle corner. Inset: View of permanent hanging corners with a rod.

Temporary Triangle Corners

Temporary corners are attached to a quilt that already has a binding or one that you want the ability to remove the corners at a later date.

  1. Cut 2 (or 4) squares an inch bigger than you would for permanent hanging corners. (See the section above on Cutting Triangle Corners.) For example, instead of 4-inch squares, cut 5-inch squares.
Turn the raw edges, press, and sew in place

2. Turn each side of the square 1/2-inch to the wrong side, press, and sew in place. This puts the raw edges on the back of the square.

Press, position, and sew triangle corner in place.

3. Fold the squares in half with the wrong sides together to form triangles. Press.

4. Place one triangle in each of the top corners close to the edge of the binding. Make sure they are the same distance from the top.

5. Use the blind stitch or whip stitch to sew down the two triangle sides that are near the binding. Make sure to catch both edges of the triangle with the needle.

If you’re making four triangle corners, repeat steps 4 and 5 to attach the remaining two triangles in the bottom corners.

That’s it…you’re done!

Close up of a temporary hanging corner with an inset of the corners and a rod
Close up of a temporary hanging corners. Inset: View of temporary corners with a rod.

Attaching a Triangle Sleeve

Like the triangle corners, the triangles for the sleeves start out as squares too.

Triangle sleeves are a great option for larger quilts and give you a couple of options with the rod.

Because of how the squares are folded and attached to the quilt, the ends of the rod can be visible or hidden. This allows you to change out the rod if you want.

Two quilt hanging options with triangle sleeves

The triangle sleeve will be permanent. You will baste the triangles to the quilt back BEFORE you attach the binding.

  1. Cut 3 squares to make the triangles. (See the section above on Cutting for a Triangle Sleeve.)
Fold and press squares to make triangles

2. With wrong sides together, fold each square in half to make a triangle. Press. Fold in half again, making smaller triangles. Press.

  • One side of the triangle will be a single fold.
  • Another side will be two folded edges.
  • The third side will be the raw edges.
Each triangle edge is different

4. Place the triangles along the top quilt edge.

  • Center one triangle on the quilt. Line up the raw edges of the triangle with the quilt’s raw edges. Pin in place.
  • Place the other two triangles, one in each corner, with raw edges lined up with the quilt’s raw edge. Pin in place.
    • The single-fold side for each outer triangle should be closer to the outer edge of the quilt.
    • The two folded edges should be toward the inside of the quilt.
    • It doesn’t matter which way the folds of the center triangle are facing.
Place the triangles on the quilt top
Pay attention to the way the folds of the triangles are facing.

5. Baste all three triangles in place an 1/8-inch from the raw edge.

6. Attach the binding to the front and back of the quilt.

7. Hand sew one or two stitches at each triangle point to secure them to the quilt. Be careful not to sew through to the front of the quilt.

Secure the tip of each triangle with a couple of stitches.

That’s it…you’re done!

Related Quilt Hanging Posts

Triangles aren’t the only way to hang quilts. There is more you need to know to create the best quilt hanging system to meet your needs. Check out these other quilt hanging posts and get ready to start hanging your quilts.

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