Quilting Basics – Hanging A Quilt


Hi, I’m Jenny from the Missouri Star Quilt
Company. Today I want to teach you how to put a sleeve on the back of your quilt. A
lot of people like to use a sleeve like this for hanging their quilts. The way it works
is, it is sewn into the binding on one side and tacked down on the other side. This enables
you to stick a rod right in here and hang the quilt from the back without putting any
stress on your quilt or having to hang it some other way, which, you know, I have a,
I have some ways of hanging quilts that aren’t so good, haha. So, anyway, this… I’m going
to show you how to do a sleeve. So, what you’re going to do first is, you’re
going to get your quilt all quilted and trimmed so it’s ready to put the binding on. Once
you get your quilt back and it’s ready to put the binding on, you’re going to… and
I’m just going to use this quilt as an example, right here, and this edge, right here. So
you’re going to cut your sleeve and your sleeve is going to be the length of your quilt
minus two inches on either side and then it’s going to be eight inches wide. So, let me
cut that little piece, right here. I wasn’t quite ready for that big quilt. Alright, so, right now I’m lining up this
piece of fabric and I’m going to cut it eight inches wide. One, two, three, four,
five, six, seven, eight, just like this. And it will be just a little shy of the length
of my quilt. Now, this one is obviously not going to stretch the length of this big quilt,
but it will be there to show you. So, the first thing you’re going to do once
you get your eight inch piece that is the width of your quilt, you’re going to finish
your ends and I just like to give them a little press, like this, and sew those down on the
sewing machine. You don’t have to do, you don’t have to do a double edge or anything
like that. You can surge it, you can do whatever you want. Basically, we’re just looking
for a finished edge on the back of your quilt. And then I just generally come over here and
just sew a little, little quick seam down the edge of it. So, let me do that. And these
are folded rather large because I’m hiding the selvedge, but yours, yours can be just
a quarter of an inch or whatever you’d like. I’m going to do this one, as well. Alright, now the next thing we’re going
to do is iron this right in half, lengthwise. So we’re going to pull this over here and
we’re going to fold it, just like this, lengthwise, and we’re going to make sure
that our edges match up just exactly. We want them to be really, really, really close together,so
that… ‘cause we’re going to tuck them. We’re going to sew them down when we sew
our binding down and that will enable them to stay right together. So, this ironing is
really important. Ok, so then the other thing you have to make
sure is that you have your binding and your binding strip is ready. Our binding strips
are two and a half and they’re ironed in half as well. So now we’re ready to add
the sleeve onto our quilt. So we bring our quilt that’s already been quilted and trimmed
and we’re going to put our sleeve on the back, like this. So we’re just going to
move it in about an inch on the side, like that, and we’re going to line it up right
with that raw edge. Just exactly with that raw edge.
We’re also going to line up our binding, but we’re going to our binding on the other
side and, of course, your binding, you know, you’ll start around the other corner, but
for the showing, this we’re just going to show it where it’s right on here because
you will bind your quilt just normally all the way around but, this top part of your
quilt, you’re going to make sure that you have your sleeve sitting, right up there.
So, the sleeve sits up there and the binding sits up there and we’re just going to go
ahead and sew this down. You’ll want to probably put some pins in there to hold it
together, just like that. Make sure they all line up and put a pin in there. Alrighty, so I’m going to head to the sewing
machine and sew that down. And, again, it’s just a normal quarter of an inch. There we
go. And you’ll want to stop and check and make sure that you’re still lined up. You,
you do not want to lose your little binding strip or your, or your sleeve as you come
across the top. Alright. Now we’re just going to pretend that I sewed this all the
way across the top and it fit across the whole top of our quilt because that’s what you’ll
want to do; that’s what will help it to hang. So now what we have is this piece, right here,
like this, across the top of our quilt. This sleeve. Now what will happen is, we’ll bring
our binding around the front and bring it over, just like that, so that it completely
covers up the edge of that sleeve so that you’re able to sew that on by the sewing
machine and that sleeve is not going to go anywhere. So, I’m just going to show you
quickly how I do that binding stitch and I have a thread that I would never use, haha,
on this color, but you’ll be able to see it real good. So what I do with this when I do my thread…
First of all, let me show you a knot because I did get a question recently. Somebody asked
me about a knot. How to make a knot. And when I do mine I, I cross it on my finger, like
this, and then I just roll it so that it rolls in itself and pull it down and it makes this
little knot down here. So, there’s all kinds of ways to make knots– that’s how I do
it. Than what I do is, I come in through my binding, like this, so that my knot will be
hidden on the back, and I come out the fold. So, I’m out the fold, now I’m going to,
I’m just going to lay all these threads over, like this, and I’m going to fold this
down, right here. Then what I’m going to do is, I’m going
to stitch, come right where that thread comes out, right where that blue thread comes out,
I’m going to put my needle in and I’m going to go about a quarter of an inch, between
an eighth and a quarter, and come right out the fold. That’s a hidden binding stitch.
So, right where that thread comes out, I’m going back in and I’m sliding over and coming
out about a quarter of an inch, just like that, and that will hold that, that binding
right down on there. Now, this is the exact same stitch you’re going to use on the bottom,
so let me put a little knot in here. And I do my little knots by doing a little bit of
a loop, like that. I come through it twice and I pull it and then I take my thread so
it goes right out the top, like this, so that there’s no stress on that knot when you’re,
when you’re pulling it and then you just cut that thread. So now we have to attach the bottom of the
sleeve and the bottom of the sleeve is done exactly the same way and we’re just going
to come through the fold and, right here, on this edge, there’s going to be a lot
of strain on this edge, right here because that’s where the, your pole’s going to
go in and out of. I’ll take a couple of stitches just right in the same spot and,
remember, you’ll be using thread that matches, so it won’t show. So then what we’re going to do is the same
thing we did on the top. We’re going to go through here and we’re going to come
out right in the fold about a quarter of an inch away. Now you, you want to make sure
that your thread is not coming through to the front. You do not want to see that thread
on the front. So you’re going into the backing and into the batting, but not out the front.
And I keep my finger back here to feel if that needle comes through. Then, I just pull
it back and start my stitch again. And so, we’re just going to go ahead and keep stitching,
like this. Right out the fold, quarter of an inch in, and we’re going to go across
and stitch this whole thing down. Then, this whole side of the quilt is going
to be ready to hang using a hanging sleeve. So, let’s take a look at this hanging sleeve
one more time and, here it is. And, you can see, we’ve stitched down on this bottom,
right here, and we’ve folded, sewn our binding on and folded it around and stitched it down,
as well, and it just makes the perfect little sleeve to hang it… your quilt will hang
very straight and you won’t have to have any clips or anything like that. Now, if you’re doing an antique quilt and
it’s, and it’s a quilt that’s already been bound, what you can do if you can make
a sleeve… I didn’t realize this fell down. You can make a sleeve just the same way you
made your other sleeve. So, you’re going to sew it down, like this, but this one because
both sides are going to show. So, here, see, here is you’re little… you have finished
your ends and you’ve sewn your, your sleeve, and on this one we just tucked it up under
the binding, but if the binding is already on there, then you’re just going to turn
this right side out, like this, so that there is no, you know, no raw edges, because now
every… this whole sleeve is going to be on the outside. There we go. And then I ironed
it so this seam is in the middle. So now this seam is in the middle on the back and, when
you attach this to, to the top of your quilt, you’re going to lay it up here, just right
by the binding, but you’re just going to use that same binding stitch and sew the top
and the bottom of it. And that’s how you do a quilt that is either already bound or
an antique quilt. Now, I did actually spend some time at the
museum in Virginia and talked to them about these hanging sleeves because that is the
best way to hang your antique quilts is to put a hanging sleeve on them, and they even
recommend putting one if it’s not directional. You can get a hanging sleeve on the top and
on the bottom and you can rotate that so that all the wear doesn’t happen on one side
of the quilt. So, that’s how you attach a hanging sleeve to your quilts whether they’re
new or old. And we hope you enjoyed this tutorial from the Missouri Star Quilt Company.

91 Replies to “Quilting Basics – Hanging A Quilt”

  1. Wow! Thanks for the tutorial. I need to see how to hang it on the rod. I know you put the rod through the sleeve….then what? Where is the hardware that holds the rod to the wall in relationship to the quilt?

  2. I love the material and the pattern of the quilt you used! How about a tutorial on that quilt and the name of the fabric line?

  3. Thanks for the tutorial! I was looking into how to do this a few months ago but didn't get my head around it. This is very handy for me lol. BTW Don't forget to turn that quilt behind Jenni as the front will be fading and the back will stay bright. Thanks again!

  4. Thank you for this tutorial on hangings sleeves and the bonus tutorial on the binding stitch and knots. Now I see why a judge thought my binding stitches were too long. I am now making my stitches much closer to the size you suggest.
    I can see using those new clips to hold the layers when sewing on the sleeve. I hate pins. 🙂

    Thanks again.
    Sunroomquilts

  5. You should also hand sew down the short ends of the sleeve so the hanging rod does not get put between the quilt and the sleeve. You have not left any "give" in the sleeve, so if you have a large quilt (it will be heavy) it will pull up on the quilt and hang awkward. Otherwise nice tutorial.

  6. Great tutorial! I noticed a shelf on your wall with a bar to hang a quilt over, do you mind sharing where you got the wall shelf? Thanks

  7. I would have loved to see the front of the quilt you were putting your binding on, in fact both quilts.  Just love looking at other peoples quilts.

  8. I use a two inch piece to make my sleeve and fold it in half and sew both sides in with the binding. There is just enough room to slide the dowel thru and put the one cap back on the dowel when I am finished. Very similar to what you do but I don't have to tack to the quilt.

  9. This is a great tutorial…  Jenny does so good on teaching.. I have learned a lot about quilting from her …. Thanks Jenny

  10. I make banners & find that it helps to put a sleeve on the bottom as well.  I can slide a dowel through & it helps the fabric hang down straight & keeps the sides from curling in.  It's like curtain weights but much easier to remove for storage & cleaning & it distributes any strain evenly across the fabric.  Jenny – thanks for the close-ups on the knot & the binding stitch.  Those little details really help.

  11. Did you stitch that binding an hanging sleeve with a regular foot? I thought that you are supposed to use a walking foot? Love your tutorials and sales!

  12. Don't forget to pin the bottom edge of the sleeve in place (or fold ends toward the center of quilt) before you put the binding on. Mine has gotten in the way as I sewed the binding on. Then I must "unsew" the binding to fix the mess!   LOVE your tutorials Jenny!!!

  13. Absolutely LOVE all of your tutorials!  Where will this be found in your 20+ pages of tutorials from your website. I wish there was some sort of directory. Or is there?:

  14. you are so good at these videos and that iron is AWESOME. Its like a little robot!
    a $200 dollar robot but very cool just the same.

  15. Thank you Jenny very much for this tutorial. Soon, my apartment with white painted walls will be filled with M* quilts. Truly appreciate this tutorial. NancySpyder

  16. Would love to see the quilt you are working on and a tutorial on making it. Also, Could you please expain the duck quacking in the opening of your tutorials? Thanks for another great tutorial!

  17. Hi Jenny
    Loved your Hanging a Quilt tutorial, any chance we could have a look at the quilt you were demonstrating on (the unbound one)?  I loved the look of the colours.

  18. Jenny… Thank you for this tutorial…. I've always been afraid of making a hanging sleeve,,,,,you took the mystery out of the process…. I can do this!

  19. We just got a peek of the lovely Square in a Square quilt yin were using as an sample…. Could we please see the whole quilt? I love this pattern…

  20. ty sew much, I had wanted to place a sleeve onto the back of a wall hanging, however I could not understand the sewing process to keep it from showing above the quilt. Very clear instructions. 

  21. Thanks, Jenny!  This is just what I needed to know, since I am making a baby quilt that has a cross-stitch front that I needed to hang.

  22. I just received a quilt this weekend as a gift and was wondering how to attach a sleeve.  Perfect timing as always Missouri Quilt Co!  You guys are fantastic and your tutorials are wonderful.  Thank you for all you do!

  23. Miss Jenny:  Since you are going through so many layers should you use a walking foot?  I love your tutorials.  Thank you so much.

  24. Awesome technique, Jenny!  I certainly enjoy all your tutorials.  I have many several quilts using your instructions.  Keep them coming!!  Julie Edwards

  25. I love your method. That being said, our quilt show (Trinity Valley Quilter's Guild) has a limit on how high the quilt sleeve may be. The quilt I want to show in September is longer than the 84" from the floor, so I must put a sleeve lower on the back in order for it to not drag on the floor and get dirty or stepped on. Thank you for your wonderful videos.

  26. I love your hanging method I'm just up to binding one that has taken what feels like forever and a friend said to enter in in a fair but I had no idea how to hang it thank you

  27. As always, a superb tutorial Jenny. Thank you so much
    Can I ask what is the pattern on the quilt you pretended to put a sleeve on, it looked great. Any chance of a tutorial on that?

  28. wow  thanks for this   because this is for hanging a quilt  what type of fabric did you use for the sleeve

  29. I've never quilted before but you have made me want to try. I live in UK so I don't know what batting or basting are ??? Jaqui

  30. thank you so much – no one seems to show how to do this within the binding but your company — I couldn't remember some parts so t his has helped

  31. I wanted to thank you for taking the time to do the tutorials!!  I have learned so much and appreciate the work you do.  Thank you !

  32. I'm not sure if you know just how much you help people learn the art of quilting!  I have learned more from you than all my other classes put together. In fact, I no longer take classes.  But I just can't really put into words how much your contagious laughter and your more than obvious joy means to someone like me!  Your tutorials just brighten my day and warms my heart!  Thank you so very much.

  33. Thank you for sharing this tute, Miss Jenny!  This was the third video I found for making a hanging sleeve and it is definitely the easiest one to follow.  My pumpkin quilt looks GREAT hanging in our living room now.  Miss Jenny ROCKS!  

  34. Ah thank you for that Jenny. I was worried that I would have to pull out my binding and re-do it but the last few comments helped me vastly.

  35. love watching your videos but the wording on the bottom of the screen is annoying as you cannot see what is happening some of the time.

  36. Thank You Jenny! You are my first and only "go to" quilt instructor; demonstrations and instructions are seamless!

  37. Thank you for this video. I'm not understanding the stitch completely. When you run the needle through the stitch are you staying within the fold of the binding or the sleeve or are you going through all the layers down to the batting?

  38. Thank you Jenny,for sharing your talent with us.When I need to know how to do something I go to your videos. Which is all the time! Really!!Love your sense of humor too.Please don't ever stop making videos, I would be lost.Bless you and your family.

  39. I am a newbie quilter taking my first class and on block 3 of a block of the month. It is a mystery quilt, which gives me anxiety, I like a plan. In any event I started watching your tutorials and you have taught me a lot, I so appreciate you taking time for this. I received an "inherited" stash to get started and had no idea what to do with it, but I do now! I just designed my own quilt and am putting it together, I am so excited! Once I started designing this one, I got a bunch of ideas, but some of them are above my skill level. You are improving my skill level! Sorry to yammer on, I am having fun watching your tutorials and creating a beautiful quilt. Thank you.

  40. Will it make any difference if you stitch the sleeve after binding attached and of course not turned and sewn yet

  41. I just love this woman! She is so thorough, and explains everything is such understandingly way. She doesn't miss any steps! Love you Jenny!

  42. Hello Jenny!  I really like that quilt you are using as an example.  Did you do a video tutorial on it?  I cannot believe I would have missed one!  Anyway, you're the best!!  God Bless!

  43. Great summary! I appreciated reviewing this before submitting to our local show. It is easy to understand and answered all my questions. Thank you!

  44. Great video! One suggestion I have is to baste the sleeve to the back of the quilt before stitching the binding to the quilt. That way it's already in place and you won't have to worry about catching all layers while you're attaching the binding.

  45. Thank you, very helpful reminder.
    I’m always amazed when I see the ‘thumbs down’ in the comments. How can anyone watch a free tutorial and then ‘dislike’ it.

  46. Thank you so much for this video! I just made my first quilt, which will hang above our couch, and your tutorials have been so helpful throughout the whole process!

  47. One would think that it's not a good idea to add the sleeve to the binding because, if the sleeve ever needed to be repaired or replaced, one would have to remove the binding also. If the quilt is moved around a lot or shown at several quilt shows, the sleeve might need to be replaced or repaired. I would not like the fact that I would have to remove and replace the binding too!

  48. thanks for the video i love your videos i have learned so much about piecing and binding and things like that and every time i need a refresher course i always come back to you……… your personality is perfect for this type if teaching

  49. Do you need to add the half inch on to the hanging sleeve to make up for the rod or whatever you hang it with?

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