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Thread: How to make a wall hanging sleeve?

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    I need to learn a good method on how to make a sleeve for a wall hanging. Or some sort of way to effectively hang a quiilt on the wall without driving nails or push pins into it. I'd like to point out that its most likely going to be a fairly large wall hanging (around 2 yards give or take...don't have the measurements worked out yet...also need this for future reference for the Zelda sea map)

    I was working on this quilt made out of Kittie band t-shirts for a boyfriend and we broke up so now I don't have a dead line for this huge quilt (going to make it for myself as I LOVE Kittie). Went out with a friend of mine for like a week...we still love/care for each other, but he feels things are too messed up on his end to have a stable relationship right now. At the very least we're still friends.

    Anyways, when I showed him the Kittie t-shirts for the quilt he half joked that I should make him one made out of Slipknot shirts so he'd have something cool to hang up on his wall (he LOVE Slipknot). And at work today I remembered that and thought "You know? Why not?" I want to do something awesome for him. Something from the heart that says "I worked hard to make something you'll like because I love you and you're cool". Funny how I end up making things like a month before they should get done. Even funnier because this time I had planned well enough in advance to make a quilt for someone I ended up breaking up with before moving onto this project 35 days before Christmas.

    But I just realized that I never done a sleeve for a wall hanging. And this is really special. I don't want this nailed to the wall like the store bought blanket that covers his balcony door. So I need some sort of tutorial that will create a wall hanging sleeve that will hold up a fairly large quilt that's easy to understand. Extra points if its in video format. ;)

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    I cut my hanging sleeve about 6 inches wide by about two inches shorter than the width of the wall hanging. I hem each end and then fold in half length wise and pin to the top edge when I add the binding.

    To hang without any wall damage get a small brass curtain rod and hang it from two Command hooks.

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    To hang without any wall damage get a small brass curtain rod and hang it from two Command hooks.
    What are Command hooks?

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilter on the eastern edge
    To hang without any wall damage get a small brass curtain rod and hang it from two Command hooks.
    What are Command hooks?
    I don't know if they have them in Canada or if they call them something else. They have a sticky pad that sticks to the hook and then to the wall. When you want to take the hook down you just pull on the tab on the bottom of the pad and it stretches out and breaks the sticky and comes off totally clean.

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    when you sew the sleeve to the quilt, let it pooch out a little (don't sew it flat). That way the rod will make a bump in the sleeve instead of the quilt, and the quilt will hang straight down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen
    Quote Originally Posted by quilter on the eastern edge
    To hang without any wall damage get a small brass curtain rod and hang it from two Command hooks.
    What are Command hooks?
    I don't know if they have them in Canada or if they call them something else. They have a sticky pad that sticks to the hook and then to the wall. When you want to take the hook down you just pull on the tab on the bottom of the pad and it stretches out and breaks the sticky and comes off totally clean.
    You mean like the 3M hangers? I know what they are - I just didn't realize they were called Command hooks. Thanks for the explanation.

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    Here are sleeve methods.
    For a large quilt, make two separate "tubes" so you can have another wall support in the middle as well as each end to cope with the weight.
    http://quilting.about.com/od/decorat...ilt_sleeve.htm

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    I wasn't completely understnading the tuts so I tried finding a video and got this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2w3QPfNGM4. I get this one, but this how-to looks different from the ones you guys showed me. Is this just another way of doing the same thing or are you looking at it and going "What is she doing???"

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    Thanks for teh information..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flying_V_Goddess
    I wasn't completely understnading the tuts so I tried finding a video and got this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2w3QPfNGM4. I get this one, but this how-to looks different from the ones you guys showed me. Is this just another way of doing the same thing or are you looking at it and going "What is she doing???"
    That's the easiest way to do it since you only have to hand stitch one side. I make mine just a little shorter than that though. I like to leave a good inch on each side so you don't see the brackets for the rod.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen
    Quote Originally Posted by Flying_V_Goddess
    I wasn't completely understnading the tuts so I tried finding a video and got this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2w3QPfNGM4. I get this one, but this how-to looks different from the ones you guys showed me. Is this just another way of doing the same thing or are you looking at it and going "What is she doing???"
    That's the easiest way to do it since you only have to hand stitch one side. I make mine just a little shorter than that though. I like to leave a good inch on each side so you don't see the brackets for the rod.
    That's my other problem. My hand sewing is awful.

    My borders will probably be as wide as the sleeve. And I was just going to do straight stitching for the quilting on the borders. So that got me thinking. I could do most of the quilting on the border. Prepare to make the sleeve. Do everything up to making that second fold to make that poof for the rod. Lay the sleeve open and stitch along that extra fold. Then line up the edges of the sleeve and do the binding. I think if I plan it right when I stitch along that fold it will secure the sleeve to the back and create a line of the straight stitch quilting in the front and nobody can tell.

    Tell me if I'm not making sense or my idea is crazy.

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    Just visited with a quilting buddy and she showed me how she made her sleeves and hung her quilts. She uses a piece of flat wood lath to go thru the sleeve and then puts metal mirror hangers to hold the lath. She makes the sleeve to fit the lath piece. You cannot see any hardware when she has her quilts up. Looks nice.

    A link for making the quilt sleeve is:
    wwwbluemoonriver.blogspot.com/2007/07/how-to-make-quilt-sleeve.html

    ali

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flying_V_Goddess
    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen
    Quote Originally Posted by Flying_V_Goddess
    I wasn't completely understnading the tuts so I tried finding a video and got this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2w3QPfNGM4. I get this one, but this how-to looks different from the ones you guys showed me. Is this just another way of doing the same thing or are you looking at it and going "What is she doing???"
    That's the easiest way to do it since you only have to hand stitch one side. I make mine just a little shorter than that though. I like to leave a good inch on each side so you don't see the brackets for the rod.
    That's my other problem. My hand sewing is awful.

    My borders will probably be as wide as the sleeve. And I was just going to do straight stitching for the quilting on the borders. So that got me thinking. I could do most of the quilting on the border. Prepare to make the sleeve. Do everything up to making that second fold to make that poof for the rod. Lay the sleeve open and stitch along that extra fold. Then line up the edges of the sleeve and do the binding. I think if I plan it right when I stitch along that fold it will secure the sleeve to the back and create a line of the straight stitch quilting in the front and nobody can tell.

    Tell me if I'm not making sense or my idea is crazy.
    LOL!! I was just thinking when I put the sleeves on the last two wall hangings that if I pinned it on open when I quilt around the last border I wouldn't have to sew it down by hand. Go for it! Just make sure you pin the rest of it out of the way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen
    Quote Originally Posted by Flying_V_Goddess
    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen
    Quote Originally Posted by Flying_V_Goddess
    I wasn't completely understnading the tuts so I tried finding a video and got this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2w3QPfNGM4. I get this one, but this how-to looks different from the ones you guys showed me. Is this just another way of doing the same thing or are you looking at it and going "What is she doing???"
    That's the easiest way to do it since you only have to hand stitch one side. I make mine just a little shorter than that though. I like to leave a good inch on each side so you don't see the brackets for the rod.
    That's my other problem. My hand sewing is awful.

    My borders will probably be as wide as the sleeve. And I was just going to do straight stitching for the quilting on the borders. So that got me thinking. I could do most of the quilting on the border. Prepare to make the sleeve. Do everything up to making that second fold to make that poof for the rod. Lay the sleeve open and stitch along that extra fold. Then line up the edges of the sleeve and do the binding. I think if I plan it right when I stitch along that fold it will secure the sleeve to the back and create a line of the straight stitch quilting in the front and nobody can tell.

    Tell me if I'm not making sense or my idea is crazy.
    LOL!! I was just thinking when I put the sleeves on the last two wall hangings that if I pinned it on open when I quilt around the last border I wouldn't have to sew it down by hand. Go for it! Just make sure you pin the rest of it out of the way.
    Cool! I'm not the only one who thought of this! I'm not a crazy quilter! lol

    I'm gonna go for it! Like I said, my hand sewing is terrible which is why I have a machine to do this. Most of the time I end up making a complete mess out of it and the stitching is noticeable and just horrible looking. On the rare occasion I sew something that isn't noticeable the stitching isn't very secure and falls apart. And its like a month before Christmas. Most likely (considering my history with making things with little time to do it) it will probably be two days before Christmas when I get to the step of putting on the sleeve and I sure can't perfect my hand sewing in two days.

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