How to Fold a Quilt to Minimize Creases
This Handy Tip Will Also Extend the Life of Your Quilts!
If you’ve quilted for long, you probably have several quilts in view around your home. You may even have some tucked away for switching out with those on display. When you pull a folded quilt out of storage it’s very likely to have stubborn creases along the fold lines.
Have you ever noticed how hard it is to get creases out of a quilt that has been folded for any length of time? The problem is that folding a quilt can cause the fabric fibers to start breaking down along the fold line. That’s why conservators recommend refolding stored quilts regularly.
One way to avoid creases is to roll quilts around something like pool noodles (learn more here). However, there are times when only folding will do, whether it’s for for storage, display or shipping.
Fortunately, creases, and fabric breakdown, can be prevented by folding quilts on the bias. The fabric will stretch a bit when folded on the bias, rather than starting to break down.
In the following video, Margaret Leuwen demonstrates how to do that. You don’t need to follow her exact folding pattern, as long as you keep the folds on the bias.
Click here to watch the video at YouTube if it doesn’t play on your device.
loved the video thanks please do more
Great tip, for folding!!!
Great info I just was folding a quilt
Great info. I was just folding a quilt for shipping.
Thank you so much i have long time issues with folding!
This is great info!
Great video Margaret Leuwen!
Never knew this! Tanks for the demo!
I appreciate your idea for folding on the bias & plan to do all of mine that way tomorrow morning.
I roll mine on a pool noodle that is first lined with an old sheet
Great tip. Thanks. Will definitely use this.
Love this idea. I did mine of a bias( not exactly as your idea) but with the front out to display. I rotate my grandmothers quilts in one of my bedrooms away from sunlight. Had a hard time with the size to fit on my ladder. Will re fold them with your help. Thank you
Great information. Thank you.
Thank you for the great tip.
Thank you so much for sharing this
Thank you! First time to know how to fold a quilt!
Great tip. will fold mine like this.
I love the bias idea. I also try to make a “pillow” case for each quilt to protect whatever ends up being the outer side when it is stored.
Great information on folding a quilt…have never seen this done…thank you a million!
Great tip. Thank you
I generally roll mine up on ‘swim noodles” – but might give this a try too – would take up a lot less room
Thank you for the great idea! I have folded mine different in the past, but will going back and folding on the bias!
Is it the bias of the fabric that is important, or the diagonal of the quilt? For example, if blocks are set on point (and the fabric bias now is straight across the quilt) would you still fold diagonally to the overall quilt? Thanks!