We all need to store quilts at one time or another if we own a lot of them. Unless you have several bedrooms with guest beds where you can layer them, you’ll need to fold them for storage. I’ll give you tips on folding the quilt and then some on the best way and place to store them. Leave a comment and be entered in a drawing for a free pattern!
Let’s begin by laying out the quilt you want to fold on a large flat surface:
Make the first fold on the bias:
Finally the last two folds:
Folding on the bias puts less stress on the fabric fibers so any creases that happen while it’s folded this way will smooth out easier. Straight folds create heavier creases that could be permanent if the quilt is folded for too long.
The other way I fold quilts is in thirds. The following photos will show how that is done.
Next two folds:
If you need the folded quilt to be smaller, you can now fold it over two more times.
Now, I did not have any for this demonstration, but I usually use acid free, colorless tissue paper stuffed in the folds to soften them.
Some dos and don’ts for Storing:
- Do not store them in the basement or attic of your home where the temperature and humidity is not at ideal levels.
- Do not stack too many folded quilts on top of one another.
- Do not store quilts in plastic containers or bags. Plastic can trap moisture which could develop mold that will stain quilts.
- Do use clean white sheets to cover a stack of quilts for protection.
Other Storage Options
Another way to store quilts is to roll them. Rolling large quilts may be difficult for storage since there would need to be a large space to store those rolls. But rolling them is a good way to avoid any creases from folding, so if you have the storage space, consider doing this.
You can also drape quilts over an extra bed. If you drape them over guest beds, be sure they are not in direct sunlight that could fade a quilt. If there is direct sunlight into that room, you can cover the stack of quilts with a clean, white sheet to protect them.
For smaller quilts like table runners and wall hangings, I use clip hangers meant for skirts and pants and I hang them in a closet.
Finally, when I have quilts that have been stored for longer than 6 months, I like to pull them out and refold them or switch them out with ones that are displayed.
Hopefully, this quilt storage tutorial gives you some ideas on how to protect your quilts when they are not on display throughout your home. Let me know if you use any of these methods or if you have another way you store quilts. With your comment, you will be entered into a drawing for my pattern Rail Fence Blooms!
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Arlys May says
Very helpful hints, thanks!!
Thanks for the great tips. I roll some of mine and put them in a basket in the living room for grandkids to use when visiting.
Rita Manetta says
Helpful hints, as always! Thank you!
Brenda Denton says
Now I need to get busy refolding all my quilts ! Thanks for the reminder!!
Good tips on caring for such pretty quilts, thanks!!
Karen H says
That was a really great post for folding quilts!! I’m going to refold mine now
Thanks a lot for all your tips
Sheila Bales says
Thank you for the tips, now I need to fold a few .
Julie DeBower says
Enjoyed reading your article. Many helpful hints. I did not know about folding on the bias to store. Thanks!
I fold mine in thirds and wrap them with a white sheet before storing.
Thank you for the tutorial. Great information
Brenda in Iowa says
I have an antique glass-fronted china cabinet in which I have quilts stored in. I don’t have them folded very well. Your folding idea is great. I think I’ll try folding these quilts with the fronts out so I can put them in the cabinet. Thanks for the tips.
Jean Beinemann says
Good tips! I have started hanging table runners on hangers in a closet. I also tend to layer quilts on our guest room bed when not in use!