Adding a Hanging Sleeve

from Vintage Quilts Fall 2000 Issue

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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.


Adding a Hanging Sleeve to a Quilt

With wrong sides together, stitch long edges together 1/4˝ from raw edges (Diagram II).



Adding a Hanging Sleeve to a Quilt


Press seam open and center it in the tube you've created (Diagram III).

Adding a Hanging Sleeve to a Quilt


4. Slipstitch the top edge of the tube to the quilt backing about 1˝ below the inner edge of the binding (Diagram IV).

Adding a Hanging Sleeve to a Quilt

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.

Slip a rod or strip of lath through sleeve and hang in desired location on nails or decorative brackets.



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Entering Shows
Make sure you follow the required measurement for width of the sleeve when you wish to enter the quilt in a show. The ones I've seen require a 4" finished width for the sleeve.
Sleeve Application Alternative
I sew my sleeve directly on when I am applying the binding. That way your sleeve is more secure and will not pull at the top of quilt when hanging. I also fold up bottom and allow for additional room when handing with a rod. Then finish sewing binding down with hand stitching as usual.
I try to use same fabric as backing
So that the quilt can be turned over and used with the backing showing as a change and using the same fabric makes the sleeve disappear, so to speak.


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