And since no one's ever going to see it, don't stress out - this is purely functional, y'all.
Once your quilt is quilted and trimmed but BEFORE it's bound:
1. Cut an 8-1/2" strip of fabric that measures the width of your quilt.
2. Press the short ends of the strip under (to the wrong side) 1/4". Press under again so the raw edges are totally enclosed. Stitch the folds in place.
3. Press the strip in half lengthwise with wrong sides together.
|Egads. I think I need a new ironing board cover . . .!|
4. Align the raw edges of the strip with the top raw edge of your quilt back, centering the middle of the sleeve with the middle of the quilt.
5. With a long stitch, baste along the top edge of the quilt, about 1/8" in from the edge, securing the sleeve in place.
|oooh look - a sleeve! :-)|
6. Sew on your binding as normal. When you stitch the binding to the back across the top of the quilt, simply stitch through the layers of the sleeve as well. This completely secures the binding and the hanging sleeve.
7. Hand stitch the bottom folded edge of the sleeve to the quilt using an invisible stitch (like what you use to hand stitch your binding to the back of the quilt).
8. Slide a curtain rod through the sleeve and hang!