Feature Friday- Compression Quilt Hanger for under $20

compression quilt hanger for under $20

I’ve completed two quilted wall hangings over the past several months, and I have a huge Fifty State quilt that I eventually would like to hang when it is complete.  Personally, I’m not a fan of sewing a sleeve into the back of the quilt and hanging it from a rod.  I feel that it pushes the quilt too far out from the wall.  And I really don’t want to go the extra step of adding a sleeve.  So what to do?  Well, I love compression quilt hangers.

They consist of basically two bars of wood screwed together, sandwiching in the top of the quilt.  Unfortunately, if you are wanting to purchase one, they are not the cheapest things to buy.  For the 50″ one that I need for my smaller wall quilts, I’m looking at $70 plus shipping.  I can’t even imagine how much it will cost to hang my Fifty State quilt.  It measures 8 feet across!

But the husband was more than willing to help out here.  He created one for me for under $20 that is not only beautiful, but easy to make.
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For this project we used:

(1 ea.) 1″ x 2″ x 50″ piece of pine
(1 ea.) 2″ wide x 50″ long piece of decorative wood trim
4 wooden drawer pulls (came with 4 wood screws)
Drill with bit that is width of wood screws
Counter Sink bit for the drill
Miter Box and Saw
Minwax Express Color Walnut Stain
Clear Varnish
2 large metal picture hangers
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We found the wood at our local Home Depot store.  There was much to choose from in decorative trim.  You can make this as simple or as fancy as you like!  Most home stores will cut the wood there for you if you like, or you can take it home and cut it like we did.  First we measured the top of the quilt- 48″ and then added an inch on each side for a total of 50″.
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Cut the 1″ x 2″ wood and the decorative wood the same length.  We used a mitre saw for this, but any saw will do.  We cut them each 50″ long and then sanded them.  Then clamped both pieces of wood together and measured out where to drill the holes for the four drawer pulls.  They will be spaced evenly and as you can see from the photo, you want them a little higher than center of the wood.  Drill your holes all the way through both pieces of wood.
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Use your counter sink drill bit on the back of the 1″ x 2″ piece of wood, widening the holes that you previously drilled.  This will allow the head of the wood screw to “sink” into the wood allowing for a smooth surface on the back.
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Put your wood screws through both pieces of the wood from the back side and lightly screw on the drawer pulls.  At this point, we wanted to check it to be sure it was working properly.  We turned it on its side and the stuffed in the top edge of the quilt between the two bars of wood.
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Tighten the screws from behind, while holding the drawer pull from the front.  This will anchor the quilt into the holder without damaging the quilt.  Pretty cool.
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So now for some color.  I used Minwax Express Color in Walnut.  It comes in a squeeze tube that you simply squeeze onto a rag and wipe onto the wood.  It is also water soluble, so an easy clean up.
hand covered in stain
Well, let’s just say, you might want to wear gloves anyway.  We’ll call it an easier clean up.  Ha!
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I used clear varnish on it and then when all was dry, reassembled it and nailed the two picture hangers on the back near each end.  (For a larger quilt, you might consider adding a hanger to the center too).

compression quilt hanger for under $20

Perfect for hanging the quilt and really easy to do.  Actually, the most difficult part of the whole project was getting all that stain off my hands.  But live and learn…
compression quilt hanger for under $20
If you enjoyed this tutorial, you might also enjoy my Faux Carved Wainscoting Tutorial.  Another great idea that my husband and I teamed up on.  This project creates a great carved look using textured wallpaper!
If you are into working with wood and love the wood inlay look, check out my Faux Wood Inlay Tutorial.  It’s actually much easier than you think!
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  • Janice November 19, 2016, 9:00 am

    I think it would look cute to hang candles on the knob, if you can even find those kind anymore!!😊😊😊

  • Pat Stack March 29, 2016, 7:22 pm

    Hi again… what an easy project! I went to Home Depot..they cut the wood exactly… they didn’t sell the Minwax that you mentioned, so I decided to simply spray a clear coating on the boards.. I also used clear drawer pulls and my project turned out wonderful. I spent more than $20 because the drawer pulls were more expensive. Thank you so much for the tutorial..loved it. Pat

    • Susan Myers March 31, 2016, 2:12 pm

      Hi Pat!

      I’m so glad you enjoyed my project! I would love to see what you made! My husband and I came up with that one because I was so sticker shocked as to the pricing on quilt hangers. As you know, you already have a ton of money in the quilt and who wants to spend hundreds just for the hanger?

      Thank you so much for letting me know about your project!

  • Pat Stack March 29, 2016, 8:50 am

    WOW! I just finished my very first appliqued wall hanging. I had NO idea the compression wall hangers were so expensive. So, I started to sew the sleeve on the back of the piece and just hated to do that. I was fortunate to find your wonderful directions and it’s so easy, I can do it myself. Thank you so very much for sharing this wonderful idea. On my way to Home Depot!!! Wishing you a wonderful day.

  • 1st Quilt of many March 16, 2014, 12:45 pm

    Thanks for posting your idea, it worked great. I chose to paint mine white due to colors of the Quilt. My husband made it in no time. He had an idea to put a thick piece of paper inside on both pieces of wood, to protect the Quilt in case the paint bleed on quilt. Thanks again.

  • Ritzy January 30, 2013, 11:18 am

    Thank you for posting this! They are so EXPENSIVE to purchase!! I made the wall hanging now my husband can make the wall hanger! The wall hanging I made was for my son and his wife with pictures of their wedding and their children! They were so excited! Thank you again!!

    • Susan Myers January 30, 2013, 11:27 am

      You are welcome! I had the same issue! I’m a cheapskate at heart and hated paying more for the hanger than I did for all the fabric in the wall hanging!


  • Joy August 18, 2012, 7:49 pm

    Gotta love ingenuity! And Pinterest! I put in “hanging quilts” and in less than half a page scroll, I found your nifty idea! So easy that I can even convince my husband to give me a hand with it! I’m going to save this page so I can come back and let you know when I have my own done!

  • Khaki Pant Painters October 25, 2011, 4:37 am

    Your final projects looks great. I wish that we could have had the same success with the Miwax Express Color stain. We wrote an article on it to show the results we had.

    Khaki Pant Painter

  • Becolorful June 5, 2011, 10:09 pm

    I wish I had seen this post sooner. My MIL was looking for something like this and I think she spent quite a bit to find what she was looking for. My father in law was a building trades teacher. This would have been right up his alley if she could have shown him what she was looking for.
    It really turned out great. Thanks for sharing on Motivated Monday at BeColorful. I hope you will visit again soon.

  • AllieMakes! June 5, 2011, 5:12 pm

    What a great way to display a quilt!
    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I cann't wait to see what you have for next week!

  • D+B June 5, 2011, 7:31 am

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  • {nifty thrifty things} June 4, 2011, 11:56 am

    Thank you so much for linking this up with {nifty thrifty sunday} last week!
    I hope to see you again tomorrow!

  • Allison {A Glimpse Inside} June 3, 2011, 1:28 am

    Well isn't that a great idea! I don't have any quilts but if I did, I am glad I know what to do to hang them! Thanks for linking up to my Catch a Glimpse party this week!

  • creativejewishmom/sara June 2, 2011, 8:57 pm

    this is great! i have a really large vintage quilt from my Great Aunt that I was wondering how to hang, and now i know how! thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday!

  • Handy Man, Crafty Woman June 2, 2011, 4:03 am

    This is such a great project, great tutorial, too. Thanks so much for linking this up to our Wicked Awesome Wednesday party!

  • Amie {Kitty Cats and Airplanes} June 2, 2011, 12:17 am

    When I finally get around to making a quilt I've got to make one of these! What a great project, thanks for sharing your genius.

  • Marianne June 1, 2011, 5:12 pm

    What an easy project. I have seen these things around and always wondered how to make one myself. Thank you for sharing.

  • Suzy Myers June 1, 2011, 4:22 pm

    Great question! In my experience, the actual hanger is not what damages a wall quilt. The main culprit for damage is the sun. It not only fades fabric over time, but can make the fibers weak.

    This hanger compresses the binding at the top of the quilt and over time, if the quilt is removed from the hanger, the binding will probably remain compressed. But frankly, my wall quilts are meant for hanging- so I don't mind a little compression of the binding.


  • kendascrafts June 1, 2011, 2:48 pm

    Great idea! Does/can the compression hanger ever damage a quilt?

  • Stitched Together June 1, 2011, 11:23 am

    What a great idea. I may have to talk my OH into making one of these for me, when I finally finish my first quilt.

  • iram June 1, 2011, 5:14 am

    this is so beautiful you are one talented person who knows how to work hard 🙂 erum from arts crafts n hobbies

  • Nicole@Thrifty Decorating May 31, 2011, 7:32 pm

    Looks great! I "liked" it on SU!

  • Jill May 31, 2011, 12:19 am

    So your whole family is crafty and creative!! LOVE that quilt hanger! I've never seen one before – what a good idea!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  • The Sunflower Patch May 30, 2011, 10:18 pm

    What a great tute! Love the decorative trim 🙂
    Visiting from Manic Monday Linky party

  • Kelly May 29, 2011, 4:10 pm

    This is a really good idea, I've got quilts I want to hang but I agree – the sleeve just doesn't work for me too. Thanks for linking to Eat, Grow, Sew!

  • meijo's JOY May 29, 2011, 10:03 am

    You are Suzys..Artsy..Crafsy..Handy..Wowsy!

  • Lyss May 28, 2011, 4:54 am

    That is beautiful! I need to make one of those. I didn't even know they existed!

  • SewHappyGeek May 27, 2011, 11:45 pm

    Thank you so much for posting this tutorial! We can't even get those hangers here in three UK for any price so I really appreciate it!

  • The Answer Is Chocolate May 27, 2011, 8:29 pm

    Oh my goodness this turned out great and just sets the quilt off perfectly. Great idea!!

  • Michelle L. May 27, 2011, 7:10 pm

    Oh my gorsh, great tutorial! So practical and beautiful, thanks!

  • Norene May 27, 2011, 4:06 pm

    That is absolutely beautiful!!!! I can't wait to see it in my kitchen. Everyone will be jealous.

  • Cecily May 27, 2011, 1:11 pm

    Um, wow. I need to make me a few of those! What a great tutorial – THANK YOU!

    BTW, I'm hosting a quilt giveaway on my blog… hope you check it out and have a great weekend!