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Tips & Techniques > Hanging Sleeve for hanging display quilts or fabric art

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Posted on: 1/2/06 0:35 AM
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Instead of taking the chance of damaging your quilt binding by inserting a rod through the binding or suspending the quilt from specific points using pins may I suggest that you put a "hanging sleeve" on the back.

A hanging sleeve is simply a tube of fabric the length of which is equal to the width of your quilt and is made from "pre-shrunk" muslin with all raw edges finished either by turning under a small hem or by zig-zagging the raw edges. This tube can be pieced to achieve the length you need as it will never show from the front. The circumference of the tube should be sufficient to hold a wood dowel of a size sufficient to support the weight of the entire quilt without sagging. Make the circumference of the tube sufficient to allow for ease of inserting the hanging rod so it slips in and out easily. For a king size quilt use a rod the size of a closet rod.

The length of the rod can exceed the width of your quilt if you wish your method of suspension to be visible i.e. brackets, cords, etc. attached to or supporting the rod.

Flatten the sleeve tube and whip stitch the tube to the back of your quilt along the line where your binding joins the backing of the quilt. Then whip stitch the other edge of the folded tube to the quilt body being sure to not stitch through to the front.

Insert the rod through the sleeve. This keeps the rod from coming in contact with the quilt and keeps any rough spots on the rod from abraiding your fabric as you slip the rod in and or out of the tube.

Since you have made the "hanging sleeve" from pre-shrunk muslin your can simply slip the rod out and leave the sleeve on for laundering.

Do consider rotating your display pieces off the wall to avoid any fading issues. Also clean often enough to avoid damage from environmental influences such as cooking fumes and/or dust.

When you no longer wish to display your quilt or fabric art you can simply remove the whip stitching and your piece is intact with no damage.

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AnneM said... (1/3/06 7:25 PM) Reply
I actually don't quilt, but I have a quilt that my DSIL made for me. Neat idea.
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