Are you looking for a creative way to display your quilt? A hanging quilt sleeve is the perfect solution! This simple DIY project will transform your quilt into a wall hanging and can easily be completed in an afternoon.
In this blog post, we’ll show you how to add a quilt sleeve to your quilt so you can proudly display it on your wall. Let’s get started!
Supplies & Cutting
We’re making a quilt sleeve that will be about 4” tall. It’s suitable for most quilts, but if you plan to use this for a quilt show entry, check the quilt show guidelines beforehand because they usually have a specific size requirement. All you’ll need is some fabric (and you can decide if you’d like it to match the back of your quilt, like we’ve done here) but it won’t really matter because it’s on the back! Then it’s time to measure and cut the fabric for your sleeve.
In this tutorial, we’re adding the quilt sleeve before the binding goes on, so that it’s integrated with the quilt. Before the binding goes on, cut the quilt sleeve fabric 8.5″ wide by the width of your quilt minus ¾”. For instance, if your quilt is 40” wide x 60” tall, you would cut your sleeve fabric 8.5” x 39.25” (40” – ¾”).
Now that your fabric is cut to size, you’re ready to move on to sewing the sleeve!
How to Add a Quilt Sleeve to Your Quilt
1. Start by folding the sleeve in half, right sides together. Stitch both ends closed, making sure to backstitch at the beginning and end of your seam.
Note: Our stitching line was hard to see so we added some red stitches.
2. Then, turn your sleeve right side out and press the edge so it’s nice and flat. It’s ready to be attached to your quilt!
3. Lay your quilt out flat with the back facing up. Center the quilt sleeve along the top edge, and baste it to the quilt, with a quarter-inch seam. Use pins or clips to keep the sleeve in place while you stitch. The basting stitch will hold the sleeve in place while you attach the binding, effectively encasing the raw edge of the quilt sleeve within the binding. To baste turn your stitch length up to four or five or use the basting setting on your machine.
Here you can see the quilt sleeve ready for basting. To make sure you could see the difference between our sleeve and quilt backing (which are the same fabric) we added a blue tint to the fabric. The fabric does not come in this shade.
4. Next, bind your quilt as usual, making sure that the edge of the sleeve on the back is included.
5. Once the binding is complete, you’ll attach the bottom edge of the quilt sleeve to your quilt. With the sleeve flat against the back, use pins to mark where the bottom edge is. Then, bring the sleeve edge back up about a quarter inch. Pin it, and then hand-stitch it in place. This extra room for a dowel rod will help the quilt hang straight. Be careful not to stitch through to the front of your quilt!
That’s it! Now you know how to add a sleeve to your quilt and hang it up. With just a few simple steps, you can transform your beautiful quilt into a stunning wall hanging! You can also watch how to add a wall hanging sleeve to your quilt in this video from the Fat Quarter Shop Youtube Channel.
Fabric & Rotary Cutter Giveaway – CLOSED
Congratulations to Julia Lyon, our giveaway winner!
And now for a giveaway! Here’s your chance to win the 45mm Olfa Rotary Cutter and the Sweet Acres Fat Quarter Bundle! To enter, leave a comment below telling us the first quilt you’re going to turn into a wall hanging (or what your first one was).
- Leave a comment on THIS post to enter
- The giveaway ends on July 24, 2023, at 11:59 CST
- One winner will be chosen at random on July 25, 2023
- Open to all – both US and international
- We will notify the winner by email and update this post
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Hanging a quilt is a wonderful way to showcase your hard work, and adding a sleeve to your quilt is a wonderful way to do so! Share your hanging quilts with us on Facebook and Instagram and tag @fatquartershop so we can see and share your work!