Instructions for How to Make a Hanging Sleeve for a Wall Quilt

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Instructions for How to Make a Hanging Sleeve for a Wall Quilt
Quilts ready for hanging (quilts image by Christopher Martin from

Hand pieced quilts are so beautiful that they can easily double as wall art. It is a fairly simple process to add a hanging sleeve to an already completed quilt. After the sleeve is attached to the quilt, a dowel can be pushed through the sleeve and hung on hooks on the wall for display.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Cotton or muslin fabric scrap
  • Measuring tape
  • Iron
  • Straight pins
  • Thread
  • Needle
  • Scissors
  • Dowel
  • Hand saw
  • Wall or cup hooks

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  1. 1

    Measure the width of the quilt. Cut a strip of fabric the measured length and 2½ inches wide. Adjust the width, if your dowel is wider. This fabric can be the same that was used for the quilt backing or a separate piece of muslin.

  2. 2

    Fold and press even amounts on each short end, so that it matches the inside of the back of the quilt, between the quilt binding. This amount will vary according to the width of your binding.

  3. 3

    Fold under ¼ inch, and press, on each side, lengthwise.

  4. 4

    Pin the long strip of fabric along the top of the quilt, under the top of the quilt binding. Smooth the strip of fabric down and pin the bottom of the fabric strip to the quilt back.

  5. 5

    Hand sew, as you would a hem on a garment, the top and the bottom of the fabric strip. Leave the short ends open.

  6. 6

    Cut a dowel ½ inch shorter than the width of the quilt. Slide the dowel through the quilt sleeve. It should extend past the sleeve, on both sides. Place the wall hooks so they line up with the ends of the dowels. Hang the quilt.

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