Making a Hanging Sleeve
Wall quilts may be hung using bone rings, tabs or using a hanging sleeve to fit on a rod.
1. The size of the hanging sleeve depends on the diameter of the rod. Smaller wall quilts use a narrower rod while larger quilts require something more sturdy.
2. To make a hanging sleeve to fit a quilt, cut a strip of fabric (or strips to join), 6"–10" wide and at least 11/2" longer than the width of the edge of the quilt.
3. Turn under each end of strip 1/4" and press. Turn under 1/2" again and press; stitch to hem.
4. Fold the hemmed strip with right sides together along the length and stitch. Press seam open. Turn right side out and press with seam centered.
5. Center the sleeve on the top back side of the quilt and hand-stitch the top edge in place.
6. Hand-stitch the back side of the sleeve to the quilt backing 1/2" from the bottom pressed edge. This allows space for the rod while preventing pulling on the front of the quilt (Figure A).
7. Stitch the hemmed edges touching the quilt back in place to finish.
8. Some quilters like to insert the hanging sleeve into the seam at the top edge when sewing binding to the quilt edge.
To hang the quilt, insert the dowel or rod through the sleeve.