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Thread: Hanging Sleeve

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    Do you usually sew a hanging sleeve on your quilts? If you do, is it better to sew on before or after the quilt is bound? I personally am deciding whether to attach a sleeve on a crib-size quilt. It won't be used, just made it to learn.

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    I prefer to sew it on after - NOT as part of the binding.
    It hangs much better if the sleeve is down a bit from the edge - I usually place it at least 1" down.

    Make sure to include a bit extra (1/4"-1/2" ) .
    (see step 6 in the directions below).

    Here's one method:
    http://quilting.about.com/od/decorat...ilt_sleeve.htm

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    I prefer making a couple corners to hang by. I do this by cutting 2 squares about 4", then fold in half diagonally, line the raw edges up with the edge of the quilt sandwich, baste, put the binding on, then fold and sew the binding to the back and you're done.

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    For wall hangings, of whatever size, I prefer to do hanging loops like you see in the magazines on what they call tab top curtains. They can easily be added at any time, but it is desirable to stitch in the ditch along the edge of the binding all the way across the top for security sake in addition to stitching each loop another inch or so down all the way around.

    Just read what I wrote and it needs more explanation, so PM me if you need it.

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    I do as MTS does...add it after binding and about an inch below. I put sleeves on all my quilts, no matter what the size, in case the owner ever wants to hang them.

    Tabs and corners cause stretching, sagging and distortion in all but the very smallest pieces and, to me, just aren't worth the risk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghostrider
    I do as MTS does...add it after binding and about an inch below. I put sleeves on all my quilts, no matter what the size, in case the owner ever wants to hang them.

    Tabs and corners cause stretching, sagging and distortion in all but the very smallest pieces and, to me, just aren't worth the risk.
    Sorry to hear about the corners! I just recently saw that idea and thought it was simple and easy and worth a try on my current wallhanging project. Guess I will rethink that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mom-6
    For wall hangings, of whatever size, I prefer to do hanging loops like you see in the magazines on what they call tab top curtains. They can easily be added at any time, but it is desirable to stitch in the ditch along the edge of the binding all the way across the top for security sake in addition to stitching each loop another inch or so down all the way around.

    Just read what I wrote and it needs more explanation, so PM me if you need it.
    Knew exactly what you were talking about! ;)

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    I have been adding sleeves to a bunch of big quilts because they're required for my guild's quilt show. I also added them to some smaller quilts because I think wall hangings should always have them (but I usually forget them until...) I gave away a bed-size quilt recently and removed the sleeve first, since I didn't think the new owner would ever need it. It is easier to put it on before the quilt is bound, but then you really can't take it off, and like others said, it's better if the sleeve is a bit lower.

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    I made my first wrong.
    Then I found this tutorial:
    [url]http://www.thequiltshow.com/os/lessons_video.php/lessons_id/1152/classes_id/1019/teacher/sharonpederson[/ url]
    A hug!

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    I've had the best results by sewing it on before binding the quilt. The binding goes over the unfinished edge of the sleeve.

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