Between working on Christmas quilts and getting quilts ready to hang in fall quilt shows, I know a lot of you are making plans to add hanging sleeves to new quilts. This week’s Tuesday Tutorial is a refresher course on adding a quilt hanging sleeve to any size quilt project. These instructions will help you create a quilt sleeve that meets the typical 4″-or-wider show requirements.
How to Make a Quilt Hanging Sleeve
1. Cut a 10˝-wide strip of washed muslin or cotton fabric, making it 1˝ shorter than top edge of quilt.
2. Turn under and press 1/2˝ at each short end, then turn and press again (Diagram I). Stitch in place.
3. With wrong sides together, stitch long edges together 1/4˝ from raw edges (Diagram II).
Press seam open and center it in the tube you’ve created (Diagram III).
4. Placing tube seam against the back of the quilt, slipstitch the top edge of the tube to the quilt backing about 1˝ below the inner edge of the binding (Diagram IV).
5. Pin lower edge of sleeve to backing, placing pins 1/4˝ from lower edge. Turn the folded sleeve edge up and slipstitch sleeve to quilt backing, catching only the lower layer of sleeve (Diagram IV). This allows for a little slack so the sleeve takes the weight of hanging, not the quilt. Make sure that the stitches go through only the backing fabric—they should not be visible on the quilt surface.
6. Slip a rod or strip of lath through sleeve and hang in desired location on nails or decorative brackets.
Voila! Your quilt is hanging beautifully ready for your audience to admire. If you’d like to save these instructions, download our handy pdf for your personal files.
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