Thursday, August 19, 2010

Quilt Label Tutorial...

I have had several requests for a Quilt Label Tutorial

Let's give it a whirl...

No quilt should leave your arms without a label attached to it.

Years from now people will wonder...did Aunt Sally or Gramma Polly make this quilt?

With a label, there will never be a doubt who created this magnificent family heirloom.

In this tutorial, we will create a
Computer Generated Label

In your word processing program...
Type out your label

Choose your favorite Inkjet Fabric Sheet

(Be sure to use the Sew-In kind, not the fusible)

Place the Fabric Sheet into the Printer Paper Tray

( Remove all of the paper from the tray first )

Hit the PRINT Button...

Here is your printed label ready to be sewn onto a quilt

Trim the label to size...

Trim the excess fabric around the edges.
I leave a half inch beyond the printed words on all sides

Peel off the Backing Paper

Find a scrap of white fabric for the backing on the label

Place the label face down on the backing fabric...

Sew a 1/4 inch all the way around on all 4 sides
DO NOT leave an opening

Trim off the excess backing fabric...

Carefully cut an opening in the backing fabric

DO NOT cut into the front side of the label.....eek!

Trim off the corners
(Don't cut into the stitching)

Turn the label right side out...

Iron it nice and flat...

Pin the label to the back side of the Quilt
Choose a thread that will match the label color

Blind Stitch the label onto the quilt
Don't sew through the top of the label...
Push the needle up through the bottom side of the label

The stitches are hidden and do not show at all

Now you are ready to give away your quilted gift of love

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  1. Great tutorial!
    Never thought of making a backing for the label before attaching.
    I attach my printed fabric label with 1/4 inch Steam a Seam along the sides at the back.
    Then I do some fancy stitching to make sure the label stays attached.

  2. THanks for this tutel. l Seems so simple. Sure beats me trying to write on muslin with mismatched letter fonts and sizes! I'll have to be on the lookout for that printer fabric....or maybe fabric on freezer paper will work? Will have to try it out and see...

  3. Yes, you can iron your fabric to freezer paper, cut it to 8 1/2 x 11 inches to fit in your printer.
    Be sure to have pigment inks in your printer.
    Dye based inks will wash out.

  4. Hello!
    I saw you on Craft gossip!
    Great tutorial, that's a great idea, thank you for sharing!

  5. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    I'd had a similar need and idea when I noticed the computer printable fabric sheets, but could not figure out how to make it look pretty on a quilt.

    I'm bookmarking your tutorial!

    - Made by Colleen

  6. Thanks for the Tute -- my 'issue' is that those fabric sheets are not inexpensive so I try to save making labels until I can make 2 or 4 at a time, (ya know, can't waste anything!) then time, or memory, gets away from me and before I know it, several quilts have gotten away from me, unlabeled!! Wahhh!

    Love the slit in the lining trick.

  7. Hi Elaine,

    You can iron fabric onto the shiny side of freezer paper.
    Then cut it to fit in your printer.
    However, you will need pigment inks for the printing to be permanent on the fabric.
    Dye Based inks will wash right out of the fabric.
    By using the commercial fabric sheets, they are pretreated and will not wash out, no matter which ink you have in your printer.
    Joann Fabric carries the commercial fabric sheets, and they are affordable when purchased with a coupon.

  8. Hi,TY for your tutorial on the labels,never thought of it-by gum this is easy and i have so many quilts to tag TY again,Trudi in AZ.

  9. I also use a piece of fusible vinyl, ironed on top of the label so that the colors from the quilt do not run onto the label and the ink doesn't fade after a couple of washings.