How to Make a Quilt Hanging Sleeve

How to Make a Quilt Hanging Sleeve - a tutorial from Shiny Happy World

I get a lot of questions about how to make a quilt hanging sleeve, so here (finally!) is a tutorial. 🙂

1. Cut a strip of fabric 4 inches wide and as long as the width of your quilt. You’re going to hem the edges and that will bring the sides of your sleeve in a bit from the edges of the quilt – which will allow you to hide the hanging hardware if you want.

2. Hem the sides of your strip. I turn it under roughly 3/8 inch and then another 3/8 inch – but it doesn’t need to be exact. (Here’s a video showing how to sew a double-fold hem.)

How to Make a Quilt Hanging Sleeve - a tutorial from Shiny Happy World

3. Fold the strip in half, right sides facing out. Press.

How to Make a Quilt Hanging Sleeve - a tutorial from Shiny Happy World

If you’re going to use a really fat rod to hang the quilt, you might want to fold it not-exactly in half, so that the sleeve pouches out a bit in back to make a little extra room for the rod. I always use a fairly slender curtain rod, though, so I just fold it in half.

4. Line up the raw edges of the sleeve with the raw edge of the top of the quilt and pin or clip in place.

How to Make a Quilt Hanging Sleeve - a tutorial from Shiny Happy World

5. Sew the sleeve in place while you attach the binding – one easy step! (This video shows how I bind my quilts.)

How to Make a Quilt Hanging Sleeve - a tutorial from Shiny Happy World

6. Hand sew the bottom of the sleeve in place when you hand sew the back of the binding.

How to Make a Quilt Hanging Sleeve - a tutorial from Shiny Happy World

Done!

You want to see the front of this little wall hanging, don’t you?

How to Make a Quilt Hanging Sleeve - a tutorial from Shiny Happy World

It’s my favorite block from this Cat Quilt pattern. 🙂

Happy sewing!

Best,
Wendi
That's me!

 

SHARE THIS

2 COMMENTS

  1. Diana SAYS...

    I made one of these hanging sleeves for an old quilt block and it came out great. I only have one question. Is the wooden dowel what you use to hang the quilt block to a wall? I just put a piece of jute through the sleeve and hung it on a nail. How do your single quilt blocks look like when they are on the wall?

    • Yes – that little dowel is what I use to hang single quilt blocks. You can balance it on two small nails and it’s totally invisible. For larger quilts I use a curtain rod and the hooks that come with it.

Get sneak peeks, free patterns, discounts and happiness. 🙂