Wall hangings are so fun to make, right? They are the perfect weekend project. Quick, easy, boom you’re done. But preparing a wall hanging to be, ya know, displayed on the wall can sometimes be slightly annoying.
There is something about making a hanging sleeve and hand sewing it on the back of the wall hanging that just doesn’t scream “FUN!” to me. But good news, friends. There is a way to prepare a wall hanging that is super fast and simple. No hand stitching is required (unless you prefer to hand stitch the binding to the back as I do.)
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Let’s begin, shall we? First, it should be noted that this process takes place after quilting/squaring up project but before sewing the binding on.
When preparing a wall hanging, start off by taking the width of the wall hanging and dividing that number by 4. In this example, let’s use the Nordic Snow wall hanging. It measures 28 inches across, so divide that by 4. That equals 7.
Cut two 7 inch squares from your desired fabric (I use scraps for this part a lot since the back of a wall hanging rarely gets seen.)
Fold each fabric square in half and press with iron to form a triangle shape.
Place a folded square along both top corners of project (on the back side of the project.) The photo below depicts this step.
Pin both folded squares into place on the back side of the project. Now it’s time to attach the binding!
Prepare binding and attach using desired method. I always use 2-1/2″ strips for my binding and use my sewing machine to sew binding onto the front of my project. I then hand stitch the binding onto the back.
Whatever way you attach your binding, the important thing to note here is that the folded squares will be anchored down by the seam you sew when sewing your binding on.
As you can see from the photo below, the binding seam allowance anchors down each folded triangle.
Finish binding using your desired method; as stated above, I choose to hand stitch my binding onto the back of every project.
Once binding is completed, it’s almost ready to hang! All that is left is placing a dowel inside the triangle “pockets.” A small, thin dowel works well for these small projects and can be found at most hobby or home improvement stores. (The one pictured below was purchased at Hobby Lobby.
The dowel will most likely need to be trimmed; a sturdy pair of scissors or shears will do the trick if the dowel is thin, or a small hand saw can be used on a sturdier dowel/rod.
Place one end of the dowel at one side of the project and then make a mark on the dowel where it comes to the other end. Make a cut at that mark.
Insert each end of the dowel into the triangle “pockets” and hang on wall. You’re all set! I hope this has been helpful!
For more on the Nordic Snow wall hanging (exclusive to November’s Quilter’s Candy membership), see my tips + tricks on how to line up points on a diagonal.