Thursday, November 17, 2011

Quilt Sleeves: How to Make 'em. How to Attach 'em.

Tailoring Thursdays™, Tips, Tricks and Techniques for Sewers

Making and Attaching Quilt Hanging Sleeves

When you make a wall hanging quilt, you will need to attach a sleeve.  You can buy sleeves,but it is really easy to make one as well.  

After the quilt is quilted and bound measure the width on the top back of the quilt. 
This will be the length of your hanging sleeve.  
The width of the sleeve will depend on the size of your hanging hardware: like a curtain rod or a flat piece of pressed wood.  I usually go with a minimum width of 6" and a maximum width of 12".

In this picture I went with 18" x 6" piece of fabric for my hanging sleeve.
1.  Fold over each shorter edge 1/4" and then fold over 1/4" again enclosing the raw edge.
2.  Edge stitch those folded seams.
3. Fold strip in half lengthwise, right sides together and press. 
4.  Sew, or serge, with a 1/4" seam allowance, creating a tube.
5.  Turn sleeve right side out. 
6.  Center sleeve on the top back of the quilt about 1 - 2" down from the top edge. Keep the seam at the center back and against the quilt.
7.  Thread a needle.  Under the end of the sleeve pull the needle and thread in between the quilt layers.  
8.  Then pull the thread through the sleeve, starting a running stitch.
9.  Pull thread back in between the quilt layers.  Repeat steps 8 and 9 until you get to the end of sleeve. Tie off end of the thread with a french knot.
10.  One of the lengthwise edges will now be attached to the back of the quilt.  

11.  Repeat steps 7, 8, and 9 with the other lengthwise edge of the sleeve.
12.  And voila!  Your sleeve is full attached and your quilt is ready to be hung! 

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for this beautifully(as always) illustrated tutorial. It is so encouraging to see the work. I really get it when you have so many great photos..I'm thick when it comes to reading and following! Bless you for this!

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