April 11, 2010

Making a Quilt Sleeve

I'm very close to finishing a quilt.  All that's left to do is make the sleeve and label.  Here are the steps I take to make a quilt sleeve.
Cut piece a fabric the width of quilt top and 8-1/2 long.  Make 1" wide side hem (folded twice so that finished hem measures 1/2") and stitch into place
Fold down 2", press and BASTE in place 1/4" from fold
Fold sleeve in half with wrong sides together, stitch together using 1/4" seam allowance - remember to use a regular stitch length - (notice basted fold on left)
Fold down the seam just sewn  3/4" to back side of sleeve - give it a good press
Now the sleeve is ready to be hand stitched to the back of the quilt top.  Center the sleeve and place it 3/4" from the top edge.  Once the sleeve is sewn to the quilt, remove the basting stitch from fold.

That's all there is to it!

1 comment:

Sheila said...

Wow....there's gotta be an easier way! Without the basting, or hand-stitching at the top...how about catching the sleeve top in when sewing the binding?!?