How to Sew Wall Hanging Pockets

Many quilters have turned their sewing efforts away from large bed-sized quilts to smaller display pieces. Quilt shows now have "small quilt" categories that encourage curious makers to explore themes and techniques without taking on the commitment of a full-sized quilt. Small quilts (projects with a total perimeter of under 119") are also the perfect size for quilt swaps between makers far and wide. 

But what's the best way to display your wall quilt once it's finished? Wall hanging pockets!

This simple technique takes little time to accomplish and just a couple of fabric squares to do. Follow the step-by-step photo tutorial featuring Ships & Violins' Autumn Leaves pattern below to learn how. 

image of hand inside a wall hanging pocket


You'll be able to complete this tutorial with items you have in your sewing studio.

How to Sew Wall Hanging Pockets: A Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Cut Your Pocket Squares

Cut (2) 5" x 5" squares from a fabric that matches the backing fabric you used for your project or a remnant fabric of your choice. You can also sew scraps of fabric together and trim the piece into 5" squares for a custom look (as shown in the first image above). 

image of two 5 inch fabric squares on a cutting mat with a rotary cutter


Step 2: Fold and Press Squares into Triangles

Fold both squares in half diagonally, wrong sides together, and press with a hot iron. You will have two triangles or "pockets." 

image of hand folding a 5 inch fabric square in half diagonally

image of two square pressed in had diagonally on a pressing mat with an iron.


Step 3: Pin Your Pocket Triangles

Pin (1) triangle to the upper-right corner of your wall hanging or quilt so that the raw edges of the triangle are matched with the raw edges of your project. The folded edge of the triangle should be facing the centre of the wall hanging. Pin the remaining triangle to the upper-left corner similarly. 

image of fabric triangle pinned to the top right corner of a wall hanging


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Step 4: Attach the Pockets 

Using a 1/8" seam allowance, sew along both raw edges of the triangles to secure them to your wall hanging. It's important to sew with an accurate 1/8" allowance so that the stitches are hidden by the 1/4" seam allowance used to attach the binding. You can use a regular 2.5mm stitch length or a basting stitch. 

image of sewing the fabric triangle to the wall hanging

image of the triangle sewn to the wall hanging using a 1/8" seam allowance

image of hand placed inside one of the two wall hanging pockets

Step 5: Attach Binding to Wall Hanging

Use you preferred method to attach your binding to the wall hanging. In this case, I machine-sewed the binding the the front of the quilt and will hand stitch the binding to the back of the quilt.

The image below shows the 1/4" seam allowance used for attaching the binding, and the 1/8" seam allowance used for attaching the pockets.

close up of the seam allowances

When the binding is folded over the raw edge of the wall hanging, the 1/4" and 1/8" seam allowance stitches will be hidden.

image of hand pulling a quilt binding from the front of the quilt to the back

Step 6: Hang It Up!

Install a hooked command strip or nail where you would like to display your wall hanging (install two if you would like your piece to be more stable). Measure the width of your wall hanging and cut a wooden dowel to size. Slip the dowel into both wall hanging pockets, hang your project, and enjoy the view!

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Cristina De Miranda

Cristina De Miranda has been crafting and creating since her early years watching Art Attack. A tactile world of colour, pattern, and design appeared before her when a colleague introduced her to quilting in 2018. Cristina quickly dusted off her sewing machine and dived into a plethora of designer fabrics. Today, she is totally and irreversibly immersed in a whimsical world called Ships & Violins.