How to Make A Great Hanging Sleeve

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Hi Everyone!

As I finish up Opal 2, I have the next task up, which is- make a show ready hanging sleeve. For this task, I always follow the instructions of Libby Lehman, the great quilter. Here is a link to her wonderful book: ThreadPlay.  

I bought this book many years ago, and it my go- to book for bindings, etc.  What follows is a step by step using her method. Why I like this method? It makes a standard size pocket, which any show will accept, that allows for ease, thus allowing room for the rod without any unsightly bulges on the front. And it’s easy to make!  Try it yourself the next time you finish up any quilt you want to hang….

  1. Cut a piece of your backing fabric 9″ x the width of your quilt

2.  Finish the raw 9″ edges by folding to wrong side 1/4″ and again 1/4″ and press hard. Machine stitch on that inside fold line on the wrong side of fabric.  This will also make your quilt pocket 1″ shorter overall so they won’t show from the front.

3. With wrong sides together, press lightly in half lengthwise- this is a place marker.

4. Fold up to that fold line both long sides so they meet in the middle. And press hard.  These will be your hand stitching lines.

5. Next pin the long raw edges together, wrong sides together and machine stitch with 1/4″ seam. And press to one side making sure not to mess up the previously pressed hard folds.

6.  That seam removed 1/2″ of fabric from your sleeve and will sit on the underside of the pocket next to the quilt backing.  Mark a 1/2″ line below the top of your quilt with chalk, and pin your sleeve on that line, centering it.  And yes, that is my left foot.

That ease you see in the middle of the pocket will accomodate your rod, so that the rod will not bulge on the front of the quilt.

7. Lastly, slipstitch by hand with matching cotton thread, top and bottom and reinforcing the corners with extra stitches. Your regulation 4″ pocket with ease is complete!



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