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Thread: Wall hanging questions...

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    Qltr4me's Avatar
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    The only quilts I have ever hung, I made tabs and affixed them to the back of the quilt. They were similar to tab top curtains.
    I have a wall hanging, unbound at this point, and I made a sleeve to affix to the back of the quilt. Now my q's..should I bind the quilt first, then add the sleeve? and if I tack the sleeve onto the back of my backing fabric, should I attach both top and bottom of the "tube" (the sleeve). It just seems that only one row of stitches may not be enough to hold the quilt in place without puckering??

    I hope this is not too confusing. I am at a standstill and thought I'd ask anyone who may have done this before.
    TIA

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    I pin my sleeves to the top of the quilt back prior to binding and then stitch the binding onto the front, making sure of course you have plenty to catch with the stitching... then the top of the sleeve stitching is covered when I handstitch the binding down, then I handstitch the inside of each end of the sleeve to the backing and handstitch the bottom of the sleeve to the backing.

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    Here is a website that shows some methods of making sleeves.

    http://www.moonlightquilters.org/tiphangingsleeve.htm
    Moonlight Quilters Guild - Hanging Sleeves

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    I looked at the website, and it leaves out one step that I think is very important. I put a 1/2" fold before I sew the sleeve down. If you just fold your tube in half and sew it down, there will be a bump in front where the rod goes through the sleeve. By making the 1/2" fold, you give the sleeve room for the rod so the front of the quilt will hang flat.

    Here's the method I was taught.

    I use the same cutting directions: 9" wide x the length of the quilt minus 1", fold each end 1/4", then fold again and sew. Of course, if your binding is wider than 1/2", you would have to make your sleeve shorter. Then fold the fabric in half, wrong sides together and baste tube at 1/4" to make a 4-1/2" wide tube. Fold the tube 2 inches from the basting and machine baste 1/2" from fold. Mark the center of the back of quilt and the center of the tube, then pin from the center to each end, raw edges together. Be sure the 1/2" fold is on top and sew a 1/4" seam. I do this, because I found that 2 layers of the tube, backing, batting, top, and 2 layers of binding were a little awkward and fabric tended to slip. If you don't have this problem, you can leave out this step. Press the sleeve flat. Now, add your binding as you usually would to the front of the quilt, then hand or machine sew the binding down. Tack down the bottom edge of each side of the sleeve and tack down the bottom of the sleeve. Remove the basting from the 1/2" fold.

    It isn't as complicated as it sounds. Just take it step-by-step and you will be pleased with the results when you hang it up.

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