How to Fold a Quilt for a Quilt Rack

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Folding a quilt for a rack is easy.
Folding a quilt for a rack is easy. (Image: Indian quilt for sale image by Tasha from Fotolia.com)

Folding a quilt to go on a quilt rack is a simple task that anyone can do. The key to proper quilt folding is to make all of the edges match up exactly so that the quilt does not bunch up in the middle and make the quilt extra bulky. Placing a quilt on a quilt rack should only be a temporary storage or display method for a quilt to preserve the quality of the quilt.

Things You'll Need

  • Quilt
  • Quilt rack
  • Cotton sheet

Spread the quilt out flat on the floor or some other flat surface. Lay the quilt so that the back of the quilt faces up.

Take the two corners on the short sides of the quilt and fold them together. This will fold the quilt in half lengthwise. Straighten all corners and edges so that they match up exactly.

Fold the quilt in half widthwise. Match up all edges and corners. This should turn the rectangle into a square.

Fold the quilt in half once more to create a rectangle.

Slip one end of the quilt over the bar in the quilt rack. Pull the quilt through until half the quilt is on one side of the rack and half the quilt is on the other side.

Arrange the edges of the quilt so that they lay flat and smooth against the quilt rack. If you have a larger rack you can lay the first square over the rack instead of making the final rectangle fold.

Place a cotton sheet over the quilt to protect the quilt from sun damage.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always store quilts in a dry room with low humidity.
  • Unfold the quilt every several months to prevent deep creases from forming.
  • Do not store your quilt folded on a quilt rack for extended periods of time. Quilts should not be stored with creases. Quilts last much longer if they are stored flat on an unused bed with a cotton sheet placed over the quilt to protect the colors.

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