How to Make a Hanging Sleeve for Wall Hangings & Quilts

by Morgan | July 4, 2018

If you're a maker of quilts or wall hangings (or you want to be) a hanging sleeve is an essential thing to be able to display them properly. Quilt Shows even require all quilts to have hanging sleeves, so it's something you're going to want to learn how to do. 

Today we're going to show you how to make a hanging sleeve for your projects. It's really simple, and it works so much better than tabs for displaying your beautiful work. We used our A Year in Words Wall Hanging project for the month of June as our example, but you can repeat this process on any wall hanging or quilt. 

Learn how to make the hanging sleeve

Watch the video for Jen's instructions and tips and tricks. We've included written instructions below as well. 

What you'll need to make the hanging sleeve:

Hot Press Ruler (we used  the  Clover Press Perfect Hot Ruler


Rotary Cutter (this is our favorite - the Olfa Splash 45mm Rotary Cutter - Pink)

Cutting Mat 

Pins or clips (we used  the  Clover Wonder Clips

Sewing Machine

Step-by-step instructions:

  1. Add the binding to your project, sewing around the bottom and sides. Leave the top open. 
  2. Decide how wide you want the hanging sleeve to be. Typically, the sleeves don't run the full width of the project. In this case, ours is 9" wide (the wall hanging is 10" wide). 
  3. Cut a 2" x 9" strip for your hanging sleeve (or whatever size you need for your project)
  4. Measure 1/4" from one side, fold, and press in place with your iron. 

  5. Repeat this step on each end, but press 1/2" instead. 

  6. Sew 1/8" seam allowance on each end. (You don't have to sew down the side; it's harmless to leave it open.)
  7. Find the center point of your project and mark it with your Frixion Pen

  8. Find the center point of your sleeve by folding it in half and finger pressing or marking with your Frixion Pen. 

  9. Line up the center point of your sleeve with the center point of your project. The raw edge will face up (the top of the project). 

  10. Pin the sleeve in place.
  11. Sew 1/8" seam to attach your sleeve the the top of your project. 
    Note: You'll want to keep the seam under 1/4" so it doesn't show through on the front of your project. Make sure you don't accidentally sew over the binding on each side. We pinned ours out of the way using Wonder Clips. 

  12. Finish the binding as you normally would, pinning or clipping it in place over the raw edge of the hanging sleeve. 

  13. Use a whip stitch across the bottom of the hanging sleeve to secure it in place, leaving the sides open. 

How did your project turn out? 

We hope this tutorial was helpful for you, and we'd love to see what you made. If you used this tutorial to make a hanging sleeve for your wall hanging or quilt, send us a picture on Facebook or Instagram, or use #shabbyfabrics on Instagram for a chance to be featured! 

Join in on the fun!

If you liked the wall hanging you saw here, you'll love the A Year in Words Wall Hanging Club. It starts in August, and each month you'll get everything you need to make a wall hanging exclusively designed right here at Shabby Fabrics. 

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