As we prepare our quilts for the show, questions inevitably come up on how to make sleeves for hanging them. It really is a simple process - create a tube and hem it to the upper back of the quilt. It is important to create a pleat of sorts as you hem the sleeve to the quilt to allow the quilt to hang properly.
A picture or diagram is worth a thousand words and, of course, the web is an excellent resource for just that. Here are a couple of sites that can help you along the way.
- My favorite is the explanation offered on Gloria Hansen's blog. She leads you through the process with some excellent photos. The result is a beautiful sleeve.
- About.com offers descriptions with diagrams for two options - a simple sleeve to whip stitch on a completed quilt and another alternative for adding a permanent sleeve before a quilt is bound.
- If you are being a bit lazy and want to try a pre-made sleeve, Quilter's Hangup offers one which they say has a patented gusset feature that guarantees your quilt will hang flat.
- If you would like to print out a pdf of instructions, the website of Country Crossroads Quilters of Modesto, California offers a one to download.
Hope this helps. Enjoy!