Learn how to make a quilt sleeve that you can secure with pins or hand stitching. Great for quilt shows or hanging in your own home.
For the past couple of years I’ve entered my quilt into a quilt show. Nothing fancy or crazy— in fact, they are non-judged.
No matter the category, they need to have a quilt sleeve to hang.
So, Today I’m sharing how to make a quilt sleeve for your quilt!
Supplies you may need:
- Rotary cutter or a new sharp blade
- Cutting Mat
- Quilt Ruler
- Sewing Machine – this brother is my favorite!
- Iron – here or here
- Seam Ripper – not my favorite thing to do!
How to Make a Quilt Sleeve
1- Measure your quilt across the top. Subtract 2″ and this is the length of fabric you’ll need for the quilt sleeve.
2- Cut the sleeve 9″ wide X length of quilt
3- Hem the 9″ ends– fold 1/4″ and then another 1/4″ and stitch. I used the selvage ends which don’t ravel, so you can do that as well.
4- Fold in half (wrong sides together) and press with the iron to make a nice crease along the folded edge
5- Open this — the center crease will now become your guide for pressing.
Fold the top so the raw edge is just above the crease line.
Fold the bottom so the raw edge is just above the crease line.
Press this new fold to make two new creases along the top fold and bottom fold
6- Adjust the strip so the raw edges are lined up, stitch 1/4″ seam along this long edge- be careful not to affect the crease lines.
7- Adjust the strip again so the 1/4″ seam is in the center in the back of the tube.
8- Place the tube on top of your BACK of the quilt — 1/2″ from the binding. Make any kind of adjustment so the crease line is on the edge.
9- Pin along the edge using a safety pin to secure.
- You can also hand stitch, just making sure with either that you don’t take the pin or the stitching to the front of the quilt.
You’ll be making some adjustments along the way as you line up the tube and making sure the crease line is along the edge.
Continue pinning or stitching until you are at the end of the tube.
10- Repeat this same process with the other side of the tub. You’ll need to make sure that you pull just a little bit on the edge –the seam along the bottom sometimes puckers or takes in more fabric than it needs. Pulling just a little bit and adjusting the crease along the edge again will make your quilt hang straight.
Here are some more quilt sleeve tutorials that use different methods:
A quilt sleeve doesn’t need to be permanent, and can easily be pinned in place.
In fact, you can use the same sleeve over and over (adjusting the length) on any quilt that you need to hang.