What Size Dowel?
Dowel rods come in all sorts of diameters so you won’t have any problems finding the right one – just make sure it’s sturdy enough not to bow under the weight of the quilt.
Check it isn’t bowed before you buy it: hold one end of the rod at eye-level with the other end resting on the floor; close one eye and look along the length of the rod; it’s very easy to see even the slightest bow.
Once you’ve chosen your rod, cut it to length with a saw. You need to cut it at least 1/2″ (12mm) shorter than the width of the quilt (ideally cut it to the width of the quilt between the binding, if you have one).
What Size Fabric?
You’ll need a rectangle of fabric to match the back of your quilt. Work out the size of the rectangle as follows:
- Measure the full width of your quilt (along the edge you plan to hang it)
- Subtract 2″ (5cm) to give you the width to cut your sleeve fabric.
- Measure the circumference of your dowel with a tape measure then add an inch or so.
Follow the steps below to make the up the hanging sleeve.