Today I put the finishing touches to the quilt I’ll be exhibiting at this year’s Festival of Quilts in Birmingham. Anyone who has exhibited a quilt before will know that these preparations include the addition of a hanging sleeve.
In the past, I have made my own hanging sleeve (essentially a tube of fabric attached to the quilt back that allows a hanging rod to be inserted). Nowadays I don’t bother making my own. Instead I use a ready-made quilt hanging sleeve called Quilters Hangup.
I first came across Quilters Hangup last year and I love them. They are made from a sturdy cotton fabric and come in a natural unbleached muslin (this in the one I use) and black. Pre-made to the regulation 4 inches tall, the Quilters Hangup also includes a pleat at the top edge that allows quilts to hang flat! And the rainbow thread on the back is a pretty touch.
Quilters Hangup may not be the cheapest option however they do save a lot of time. Simply cut to length and hem the ends. There is enough in each pack to make a hanging sleeve for even the largest Super King size quilt. Quilters Hangups can be sewn into a quilt before or after sewing on the binding. I prefer to hand sew my Quilters Hangup to the quilt after binding. My quilts are made to be used rather than hung on a wall, so it is essential that I can easily remove the sleeve. Plus making the sleeve removable means that I can re-use the hanging sleeve when exhibiting other quilts the same size.
I’m sure Quilters Hangups are readily available in America as they are a USA product. For those in the UK, I purchased mine from Sew Hot.