Folding a quilt is a great way to get it ready for storage and help you get the most out of your space.
One technique involves folding the material into thirds, then rolling it up and tucking the edges under. This method makes it easier to store or transport the quilt.
However, there are several other methods of folding a quilt that can be done with just a little practice.
In this handy guide we’ll take you through some different methods of folding a quilt so you can keep your house tidy and make the most of your space.
We’ll also cover how to properly display, store, and wash your quilts, so that you will always be able to keep your quilt in the best condition possible.
So let’s jump right into it, and look at how you should fold your quilt!
How To Fold A Quilt: The Basics
The first thing to do when folding a quilt is to decide how much room you have available.
If you’re going to use a special storage solution, such as an airtight bag or box, you need to know what size container you will need before you start.
You may also want to consider the type of fabric used in your quilt. Some fabrics are more difficult to handle than others, especially if they contain delicate threads.
It’s best to test-fold a small piece of fabric before using it on a larger project.
Next, divide the quilt into three equal sections by placing one line down the center of the quilt. Fold each section in half lengthwise (across the width) and press well.
Then fold both sides over to meet at the middle crease and press again. Now you have two layers of fabric folded together like a letter.
To create a third layer, pinch the middle of the edge of the bottom layer up to meet the top corner, forming a triangle shape made up of three layers of fabric.
Next, roll the triangle up and tuck the corners underneath. Press firmly to set the folds. Now your quilt is folded up!
How To Display A Quilt
If you plan to hang your quilts on the wall, you’ll probably want to display them flat rather than rolled up.
To flatten a quilt, lay it face up on a table and pull all four corners toward the center until the entire quilt lies flat. You can even place a heavy object on top of the quilt to hold it in position while you pin it down.
Once you’ve flattened the quilt, it will begin to lose its creases and be better-suited for displaying. When all the wrinkles have been removed, it’s ready to be displayed.
You can display your quilt by hanging it from a nail or hook on the wall, or you can frame it and put it on a shelf.
You might find it helpful to mark the spot where you intend to hang the quilt so you don’t accidentally knock it off the wall.
Once you have marked the spot, simply measure the distance between the floor and the ceiling and add about 2 inches to account for the thickness of your walls. Hang the quilt at least 6 feet above the ground.
If you want to avoid damaging your quilt with pins or nails, then you should invest in a wooden hanger.
Wooden hangers come in many shapes and sizes, but the most common ones are round and square. They usually have a hole in the center through which you can thread a string or ribbon to hang the quilt.
If you’d prefer not to use a hanger, you could always use a clothespin instead. Just remember to remove any pins after you’ve hung the quilt.
How To Store Your Quilt
When storing a quilt, make sure you keep it away from heat sources and direct sunlight. Heat causes the fibers in the fabric to expand, making the quilt sag. Direct sunlight can cause fading and discoloration.
When storing a quilt, you should store it flat. This prevents it from rolling around and becoming tangled. Place your quilt inside a plastic bag and tie it closed.
Make sure that no part of the quilt touches anything else. Also, be sure to label the bag clearly with the name of the quilt and the date it was stored – this will help you keep track of your quilt so nothing happens to a potentially irreplaceable family heirloom!
If you’re planning to take your quilt camping, you may want to consider taking along some extra padding.
A sleeping pad provides protection for your quilt against cold temperatures and dampness. It also helps protect your bedding from bugs.
How To Wash Your Quilt
To prevent your quilt from getting dirty, wash it regularly. If you wash it before putting it away, it won’t get as wrinkled when you unpack it next time.
Washing your quilt is easy. Simply fill a sink or tub with warm water and a mild detergent. Add a few drops of liquid soap if desired. For best results, hand wash your quilt using a soft sponge.
Gently scrub the surface of the quilt with the sponge, starting at one end and working your way across the quilt. Rinse well under running water. Squeeze out excess moisture and pat dry.
After washing your quilt, let it air dry completely. Don’t leave it sitting in the sun or near an open window because this can damage the finish.
Dryers can also damage your quilt due to their heat. Check the manufacturer’s instructions for the proper washing methods.
Hopefully, these tips will help you care for your quilts properly. Remember to follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer. Taking good care of your quilt will make sure that it stays in the best condition possible for years to come.
Knowing how to properly fold, store, and wash a quilt lets you look after it in the right way and help your quilt and your home stay looking neat and tidy.