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Tips on how to make a hanging sleeve?

I am entering a bed size quilt in a quilt show and need some ideas on hanging sleeves. I'm looking for something quick and not permanent. What do others use? Thanks

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Comment by lea on June 5, 2015 at 4:58am

Kaye's quilting you tube showed me how to make hanging sleeve.. It took me long time before finding out how to make them.. Fear of it being complicated. Nothing to it.. She explains it really well.. Maybe Missouri quilt might have a you tube by now..

Comment by Margo in Maine on April 17, 2011 at 3:54am
Quickest and easiest way....I have a Microstitch that I used for stack 'n whack...it is like a gun with small fasteners...with a needle point...I put a 5" piece of fabric on and snap it into place...I put every 2-3" apart and  a few extra on the ends so it will hold...many of my friends do the same...when done just give it a pull and it does not hurt quilt...they come in either black or white...do not show and can be put in in 5 mins...It will hold a big quilt
Comment by Sunshine/Mi on April 17, 2011 at 3:36am
Do they require you to have a sleeve?  Some of the shows I've attended (and participated in) use 'skirt' hangers clipped to the tops to hang and display the quilts.  Something to check into.
Comment by Carol Ann Hinton on April 16, 2011 at 2:41pm

The easiest thing is to get one of those ready-made hanging sleeves you can usually find in your LQS, or if you have time, in a catalog.  They come in cream or black.  Like Janet, if I don't want it permanently on the quilt, I use a lightweight muslin, cut a little shorter than the width of the quilt and 8" wide.  Narrowly hem the short ends and fold it in half lengthwise.  Sew the long sides together leaving the seam on the outside, then press the resulting tube centering that seam on the back. Hand stitch both long sides to your quilt, placing the sleeve just below the binding.  I have shown pretty large quilts with just a single continuous sleeve.

If I know I will be showing a quilt eventually, I make the sleeve from the backing fabric and attach it to the quilt before I put on the binding.  This will be permanent.

Comment by Janet/MO on April 16, 2011 at 2:26pm
If you don't want this to be permanent, just use inexpensive muslin.  You can then attach it to the quilt using basting type stitches. I would make those stitches a bit smaller than normal basting stitches would be so  that they will be fairly easy to remove after the show, but still strong enough to hold the weight of the quilt.  I have heard it said to use 2 hanging sleeves when hanging a bed sized quilt (each half the width of the quilt), but I have never done that & haven't had any problems . 

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