A hanging sleeve is a long tube sewn across the back of the quilt so that you can display it on a wall. Even if you don’t plan to hang your memorial quilt, consider adding a hanging sleeve. It doesn’t take much extra effort if you add the sleeve when you bind the quilt. And who knows? Even if you don’t plan to hang your memorial quilt at home, you may want to display it elsewhere at some point.
A hanging sleeve can be any size you like as long as it fits over a rod stout enough to support the weight of the quilt. If your memorial quilt is lap size or larger, or if you think there’s any possibility it might ever be entered into a show, add a 4-inch wide hanging sleeve just to be safe. Use the same fabric as your quilt backing for a nearly invisible sleeve, and follow my instructions to create a professional-quality hanging sleeve with a little fullness to ensure that your quilt hangs straight.
Hanging Sleeve How-to
1) Measure the top edge of your quilt from side to side.
2) Cut a strip of fabric 10 inches wide and the same length as the top edge of your quilt.
3) Measure in 1 inch from each end on one long edge of the sleeve strip and mark a dot. Draw a line from the dot to the corner. Cut on the line to create a slight angle on each end.
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