hanging sleeve added to back

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Adding a hanging sleeve to quilts is really quite simple and easy. There are no specified requirements when hanging a quilt at home other than the sleeve needs to be large enough for the rod to slip through. Hanging quilts in a quilt show is a totally different story and the show will have a specific set of requirements for the size, position, etc of the sleeve on the back of the quilt.

The instructions below will work for any quilt with a straight and even edge.

Most of the time I use the same fabric as the backing for the sleeve unless I have no backing fabric left and then I try to match something as close as possible so it blends in. It just looks tidier and more professional. I also put hanging sleeves on both the top and bottom of the quilt. By putting a rod in the bottom of the quilt it just hangs smoother and straighter against the wall.

The hanging system I use is metal bars that are only an ⅛″ thick and magnets. This system works like a charm.

To begin: the length of the fabric should be cut the same as the width of the quilt. If the width of the sleeve is to be 2 ¼″ on the quilt, the fabric will be cut at 4 ½″. Always cut the width double what is seen on the quilt.

fabric for sleeve sitting below quilt

Sleeve cut to the same length as the quilt

Fold over the ends of the fabric  approximately a ½″ and press in place. Use a steam iron to get a good press.

Fabric folded over at end of strip

Press fabric over once at each end

Fold over another ½″ on each end so the ends have a double fold and press in place.

Fold at end of fabric being pressed

Fold a second time and press

Stitch these folds in place with thread that matches the fabric so it blends in. Note: I used thread that was darker for demo purposes.

Stitching at ends of sleeve

Folded ends stitched down

Fold the piece in half lengthwise and press with a steam iron.

sleeve fabric folded in half

Fold in half lengthwise and press

Centre the sleeve on the back of the quilt leaving equal amounts on either side – about an inch. Pin in place.

sleeve centred on back of quilt

Centre on back of quilt

Sew the sleeve to the top of the quilt with an ⅛″ seam allowance. This will ensure that the stitching is covered up by the binding. When the binding is sewn in place there will be a second set of stitching to secure the sleeve as well.

sleeve sewn to quilt

Sleeve sewn to quilt with a ⅛″ seam allowance

Hand sew the bottom of the sleeve in place the same as you would the binding.

hanging sleeve added to back

Sleeve hand sewn in place

This sleeve is flat to the piece. Sometimes a pleat may be required. Putting in a pleat just gives the sleeve a bit more room for a rod or bar.

To put in a pleat pinch up the fabric. An equal amount all the way along.

fabric pinched up

Fabric pinched up for a pleat

Press the pinched fabric flat on the surface of the sleeve.

pressing the pleat flat

Press pleat flat to fabric

Fold the sleeve in half and press. Secure to the quilt the same as above.

sleeve with a pleat added

Sleeve pressed in half with a pleat near the bottom

Now your quilt is ready to be hung and shown off to the world.

Happy Quilting!

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