When hanging the quilt keep in mind that it needs to be protected. Nails, staples, and tacks may put pressure on the quilt and cause tearing of the fabric. A common practice when hanging a quilt is to use a dowel or curtain rod. A sleeve sewn onto the quilt helps distribute the weight of the quilt evenly.
Cut a strip of fabric 9 inches wide and as long as the top edge of the quilt. Piece together strips of fabric if necessary to achieve the desired length.
Turn under 1 inch of fabric on each end of the strip. Hem using a top stitch.
Fold the strip lengthwise with wrong sides facing. Sew the long edge closed with a 1/2-inch seam allowance, leaving the ends open.
Press the seam open. In the center of the sleeve, press creases, along the top and bottom. On the back side of the sleeve, press in another crease, 1 inch down from the first crease.
Hand-stitch the sleeve to the quilt backing along the bottom crease. Pay attention not to let the stitches show on the front of the quilt.
Fold the top of the sleeve along the second crease after removing the pins. Hand-stitch the second crease into place on the quilt backing.
Place the dowel or curtain rod through the sleeve and hang.