Measure the width of your quilt. This quilt measures 22 ½” wide.
Cut a length of fabric the width of your quilt, 22 1/2” X 8 ½” long.
Press the short end in ¼” two times, to hem the end. Repeat on the other side.
Stitch both sides close to the fold of the hem.
Press the sleeve in half lengthwise. Then press both raw edges to the center and press each side.
Sew the length of the sleeve with wrong sides together at ¼”.
Place the sleeve on top of the back side of your quilt along the top. Place the ironed fold ½” below the top binding.
Use a ruler to make sure it is straight on each end. The sleeve should be centered evenly, with equal distance from each end of the quilt on the sides.
Pin sleeve in place across the top, bottom, and sides.
Double the thread on the needle and tie a knot in the end. Insert the needle at an end where the knot will be hidden in the sleeve.
Stitch across the top, bottom, and each side of the sleeve. Make sure you only stitch the bottom layer on the sides so you can slide the hanging rod through.
Take a small stitch in the quilt and come straight up to the sleeve and make a longer stitch in the pressed line of the sleeve. The big stitch should be no longer than ½”
If your quilt width is longer consider using 2 or 3 sleeves in a row. Leave no more than 1” gap between each sleeve, and at each end. If the gap between is too long the quilt will sag at these points.
I prefer using two layers of thread in my needle. I usually keep the thread no longer than the distance from my hand to my elbow. If it is shorter I won’t get very far. If it is longer the thread tends to tangle.
Never let your stitches go through the top of the quilt. The stitches should go no further than the batting. This is meant to be invisible from the front.
No tiny stitches on the sleeve. Save your tiny hand stitching for hand binding! The distribution of weight across the sleeve will hold the quilt up easily. Especially if the sleeve is on temporarily to be displayed at a show, you can always remove the sleeve after and use the quilt at home.
Consider the color of fabric you use for the sleeve. If your quilt is made if all light colors a dark sleeve may show through.