Saturday, December 27, 2014

How to make a Hangng Sleeve

My artwork has appeared in a number of exhibitions in art galleries and in museums. People are always interested in how a textile artist presents their art for such events. Because I design 3-layered textiles in quilted form, which are created to be displayed on walls, I have two ways of preparing my work to be included in gallery venues. A traditional method follows:

An inexpensive, traditional method would involve preparing a 4” wide sleeve that is attached along the back edge of the piece. The purpose of a hanging sleeve is to evenly support the weight of the quilt. The double sleeve, resembling a tube, also protects the quilt from being damaged by the hanging rod, dowel, or wooden strip. To make the sleeve, you will need muslin or fabric to match the quilt backing.


Cut a strip 8½" wide and as long as the top edge of the quilt.  Fold the piece lengthwise, wrong side together.  Stitch the longest raw edges together with a ½" seam. Leave the two ends open. Press flat to make the first crease and the fold along the bottom edge of sleeve. Press the raw seam to one side; it will run down the middle of the casing. It will not show because the raw seam edge will be flat against the quilt and can not be seen once sewn down.  Roll the first crease down to form and press a second crease ¾" – 1" from the first one forming some extra ease or slack.

Measure and hem the ends so that the sleeve extends only to one inch on each side of the finished quilt edges. NOTICE: The sleeve has some slack to accommodate the size of the rod and to permit the quilt to hang flat. Without slack, the quilt might pucker or bunch up along the hanging rod.

Place & pin the sleeve on the quilt with the second crease along the lower edge of the binding at the top of the quilt back. Using a Blind Stitch, sew along the second crease and the bottom edge. No stitches should appear on the front side of the quilt. You may also stitch along the open ends to attach to quilt back, remembering to leave the opening for the rod to slip into.

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