Needle and thread are all you need to stitch simple tabs to the top of a quilt.

How to Hang a Wall Quilt With Tabs

by Anne Goetz

Easy-to-make tabs instantly bring your quilts up off the bed and onto the walls as functional art. When you add tabs to a quilt, you add decorative options that far surpass the traditional. Hang them as soft-scape headboards in a bedroom, as drapes at a window (with protective light-blocking liners behind) or even as eclectic room dividers, when you mount the hanging rod from the ceiling instead of the wall. Several simple methods of attaching tabs to quilts exist -- some more permanent than others.

Use scissors to cut 1/2 yard of 1-inch-wide ribbon into five 3-inch lengths. Retain the leftover ribbon for another project.

Fold each length of ribbon in half to make loops that are 1 1/2 inches long, pin them at the edge and lay them aside.

Measure across the top edge of your wall quilt to find the center and mark it with a pin. Find the one-quarter and three-quarter marks and place pins at each. Attach the first piece of ribbon at your center mark and pin it into place on the back of the quilt. Pin two more pieces of ribbon onto the quilt, one at each end. Pin the last two pieces at the one-quarter and three-quarter marks on the quilt. You should have five ribbon tabs pinned across the top edge of the quilt at equal intervals.

Hand-stitch each tab in place on the back of the quilt using needle and thread. Remove all pins.

Slide the tabs of the quilt onto the hanging rod and place the rod onto the mounted hardware to display the quilt.

Items you will need

  • 1/2 yard of 1-inch-wide ribbon
  • Straight pins
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Decorative curtain rod or quilt hanger


  • If you're hanging a quilt that's lap-size or smaller, three tabs across the top should be sufficient. For less-permanent tabs, attach them to the back of your quilt using stainless-steel safety pins that won't rust and can later be removed. Hook-and-loop tape is another easy option. You'll find it wherever sewing notions are sold.


  • To prevent fading and premature aging of your quilt, never hang it where direct sunlight falls.

About the Author

Anne Goetz shares her parenting and career experience with North American Parent, Hagerstown Magazine,, and a variety of other online and print publications. A mother of two with a degree in communications and a long history in management, Goetz spends her spare time hiking, camping and blogging. She is the author of the site, An Unedited Life: The Ultimate Blog for Freelance Writers.

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