A Sleeve is a "tube" of fabric sewn to the back of a quilt to accommodate a rod or slat to hang a quilt on a wall. The Sleeve is generally 4" long when finished and slightly less than the width of a quilt, with the short ends finished. It can be sewn permanently onto the quilt in the binding or stitched on separately. The same fabric as in the backing of the quilt can be used for the sleeve which is added after the quilting is complete.
Benefits of a Sleeve
- A Sleeve is required for quilts to be in a quilt show.
- A sleeve will help your quilt to lay flat and hang straight
- A Sleeve is a concealed way to hang a quilt.
Tools and Supplies - Sleeve
You'll need the following to make a basic Sleeve:
- Ruler, rotary cutter, self healing mat
- Hand sewing needle and thread
What I Wish I Knew When I Started - Sleeve
When adding the sleeve, make a 1/2" fold on the top of the sleeve and stitch the top of the sleeve into the binding and stitch bottom edge onto the back of the quilt. Leaving some slack in your quilt SLEEVE allows for the dimension of the rod or slat that holds the quilt so there won't be a "bump" on the front of the quilt.