Asked on Aug 18, 2016

How can I hang this small tapestry?

by DanielleB
I have a tapestry that is "19 by "23.5 inches and I want to hang it on my dining room wall but I don't want to frame it. I really want to hang it from a rod but I'm not sure how to go about it. The only way I can think to describe it is that it is like a pillow case that has been fully sewn shut. So there is space between the material in the front and the back.
  26 answers
  • Swinnen Lisette Swinnen Lisette on Aug 19, 2016
    I would loosen the side you are holding up there for each time A couple of inches. Then insert loops of fabric, and sew shut again, so you can use those loops to put your curtain rod in. Or just sew curtain rings on.
  • William William on Aug 19, 2016
    I would use a curtain rod and curtain hooks.
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  • Pamela Pamela on Aug 19, 2016
    The easiest way would be to use Command Strips. You can use them on the back of your wall hanging and fasten them securely to the wall. We live in a camper and this is how I fasten things to our walls so as not to mess up the walls. I have hung quilted hangings this way and it really does a great job! Follow the directions on the package and you shouldn't have a problem at all.
    • Jeanne Martin Jeanne Martin on Aug 20, 2016
      Great idea and now they have velcro Command strips which would probably work well with this tapestry (assuming it's lightweight).
  • Heidi Heidi on Aug 19, 2016
    curtain hooks as said above are great. Or if you sew, cut some leftover fabric the length of the tapestry minus a few inches. Sew edges together (lengthwise) to form a log then hand stich to back of tapestry. Insert a curtain rod or dowel and hang on wall. This is how you can hang quilts too.
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Aug 19, 2016
    I would opt for not putting any holes in that beautiful piece of tapestry. I to recommend command hooks.
  • IFortuna IFortuna on Aug 19, 2016
    If you can sew some tab tops on this piece you can hang it from a wooden rod as they used to do and still do in some homes. This might be the safest way to hang it that would not ruin it. : )
  • Jjk6758026 Jjk6758026 on Aug 20, 2016
    A wide piece of grosgrain ribbon or quilt binding sewn to the back would give you a pocket for a rod of your choice. The rod could be an expandable one with holes in each end to which small tassels matching the piece could be attached. This could then be hung from a cord the same color as the tassels. Check a drapery dept. for ideas at JOANN Fabrics or a similar store.
  • Leslie Leslie on Aug 20, 2016
    Danielle, before you cut or alter the tapestry in anyway, is it an antique and is it a family heirloom. If so I would bring it to your local cleaner and see if they have or can help you with mothproofing it because of the possibility of organic fibers. If it is an heirloom and very old I would contact your local museum to see how they would hang it without altering it. They may also have information on preservation. If the piece is not an heirloom or antique I would get some brass curtain circles and sew them to the piece. There are also metal hoops with clips attached IKEA sells them. I would then get a dowel sand it down and paint either with a metalic paint or whatever color you choose. I would also make or buy finials for the ends. Good luck.
  • Cheryl Cheryl on Aug 20, 2016
    My mother in law had a huge one on her wall. Hung on a decorative curtain rod with the hook that you pinch open then close on the piece like you would do curtains
  • Karen Usoff Karen Usoff on Aug 20, 2016
    I recommend hand stitiching a quilt sleeve to the back and using a rod to hang it. You can control the stitching so that it doesn't go through the backing already there.
  • Johnchip Johnchip on Aug 20, 2016
    Tiny holes never hurt anything. it is just a piece of cloth and is not expected to be in a museum in a thousand years being studied. It will get more damage from its exposure to the candle wax and steaming turkeys from your dining room over the years. I like these picture hanging packet kits with these tiny super thin hard black nails with the brass heads that are used in the angled hooks. They are very durable and exceptionally thin, so thin you will likely be able to thread it between the weave itself. Just two of the tiny nails alone at either end pulled taught will hang it just fine.
  • Charly Charly on Aug 20, 2016
    I'm sorry, John chip, but NO on the nails through the fabric. It doesn't matter if it's museum quality or not. You don't want to put holes in the tapestry!
  • Charly Charly on Aug 20, 2016
    Danielle B, listen to Karen S., she has the right idea and it's exactly what I did with my 36"x48" tapestry from Italy. There's no damage to it at all.
  • Arlene Rogers Arlene Rogers on Aug 20, 2016
    Cut 4. Cut 4 squares. Fold into a triangle and press. Pin a triangle in each corner. Sew in place with an ⅛″ seam. Dowel in place along top edge of quilt. This has less stitching than a full quilt sleeve so there is less chance of damage to the piece.
  • Jim Jim on Aug 20, 2016
    Get some narrow strips of Velcro and cut to the length of the tapestry and attach the sticky side to the top edge on the back side of the tapestry the attach the other sticky side to a dowel rod and then you can hang it anywhere you want and it won't sag. You could also screw some deceptive caps to each end of the dowel rod.
  • Pat S Pat S on Aug 20, 2016
    Danielle its a beautiful piece! I'd like to add to the great suggestions here that you use a small seam ripper and cut the thread just where you need it at the outside ends for the size dowel you will use. If there is enough seam allowance, you may not even have to resew the edges. If not, add a few stitches or use fusible web to iron them down.
  • Maryanne Porter Maryanne Porter on Aug 20, 2016
    If you purchase the cafe rings at a linen goods store that have the 'alligator' clip, you can use mole skin on the clips so they don't damage the tapestry. Most of the packages have a dozen or so of the clips. They also can be jazzy to match a decorative rod.
  • Rene Patton Rene Patton on Aug 20, 2016
    Get a quilt display hanger. Or sew tabs one on each end and hang on ornate curtain rod. Place two large nails in wall to hang. Then sit on nails which will extend about. An inch.
  • Kate Callen Kate Callen on Aug 21, 2016
    That's a really pretty challa cover. (Used to cover bread at the beginning of Jewish ritual meals.) Yours says Sabbath in Hebrew (upside-down in the first picture).
    • DanielleB DanielleB on Sep 01, 2016
      Yes! My sister got it for me as a wedding gift from a woman in Jerusalem.
  • Julie M Julie M on Aug 21, 2016
    It looks a little like a quilt. They frequently have a "sleeve" sewn to the back by hand. Make a tube of fabric big enough for your dowel and sew it just through the back layer of fabric along the top and bottom of the sleeve, leaving the ends open. Put a dowel through that and hang the dowel on a couple of nails on the wall.
  • Moni Batthish Moni Batthish on Aug 21, 2016
    Buy a metal round rod that is longer a little than the width of the tapestry, with nice endings, e.g. Small round metal ball. The metal colour should be gold Open the tapestry from the top of the 2 sides the size of the rod Clean the openings with a few stitches Slide the metal rod through and add the decorative endings Hang on 2 nails
  • Carolyn Noyer Carolyn Noyer on Aug 26, 2016
    I have to go with Rene Patton on this one
  • Jan Loehr Jan Loehr on Aug 26, 2016
    I had two of these in my home until a few years ago...Rene's way to hang this is the best and easiest could get a metal round rod with nice finials or a wood one from Home Depot or Lowes and stain or paint it to complement your decor...
  • Melinda Melinda on Aug 27, 2016
    Find at least 3 or 4 large 2 inch safety pins. Pin one just inside each edge (upside down, with the small hole at the top) where there is a seam of thicker fabric. Do the same somewhere along the top edge. If the fabric is too delicate, try placing the pin parallel to the top edge here. You will be hanging the pins from the small holes on small brads you will nail at a slight slant into a furring strip cut to the length you need. You can use brads to tie your hanging cord or wire to as well. The board and brads just need to be situated, obviously so the top edge of the tapestry lays just higher. You can also use a very fine matching thread and needle to sew a loose spiral of thread through the tapestry and around a fine narrow dowel just below the top of the tapestry with one long continuous thread. You won't have knots all along this way and maybe not even at the ends . Just at the top of your hanging thread. That may not be strong enough but you can knot a separate cord at each end to tie it up with. You can also use thumbtacks pushed almost all the way into the board and hang the pins by their long edges. That might be best.
  • Lisa Lisa on Aug 27, 2016
    I have two tapestries hung, one an antique. I used a metal curtain rod, and metal spring-loaded clips. They're round, and you squeeze them to separate two tiny arms. Just clip the tapestry at equal distances as close as you need them to support the weight. It doesn't damage the tapestry. Everyone loves the way it looks.
  • DanielleB DanielleB on Aug 30, 2016
    Thank you to everyone who posted a suggestion! I am going to read through everything and I will definitely post again if I can manage to do it myself.