Quilt Labels Tutorial

Do you use labels for your finished quilts?

When I finished my first proper quilt, the lady who gave me my first quilting lesson told me I should label all my quilts, so dutifully I did and bought a pack of 3 or 4 sheets of printable fabric. These are A4 sized white cotton fabric glued to a sheet of paper. You can  load them on your printer to print your labels.

A friend told me that I could actually make them with freezer paper. I asked my husband to buy me a roll from the US during one of his work trips and I still have most of it left. I did try and with a bit of skill, it works. Here’s how I did it.

You will need:

Freezer paper

cotton fabric (I use calico cotton)

scissors

a stick of glue (for general paper crafts)

a printer (mine is a HP deskjet)

an iron

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1. First you need to design your label on a word processor, you can add your logo and be as creative as you want.

2. Cut a piece of fabric the same size of an A4 sheet or slightly smaller and do the same with the freezer paper.

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3. Prepare your iron by setting it a medium heat and press the freezer paper onto the fabric making sure that the glossy side is onto the fabric.

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4. Press on the paper side and then on the fabric side to smooth it better.

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5. Refine the size by cutting the edges with your ruler and rotary cutter.

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Here’s a good tip: Sometimes I was able to load this sheet in the printer as it was and it went through perfectly fine. But other times it got stuck and created a PAPER JAM PAPER JAM…!!! This is easy to resolve by sticking the back (the freezer paper side) of your prepared sheet onto an A4 sheet of paper with a bit of glue. You only need to glue the bottom side, the one that starts to feed into the printer, to help it go through. This way it won’t get stuck and it will come out perfectly.

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6. Make the most of  it by printing two or three labels at a time, depending on the size you want. You can then cut them with your ruler and rotary cutter, press the edges to the back and sew them onto your quilts.

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I hope you find this useful!

Have you got any other tricks to make your own labels? I’d like to know if you do.

 

 

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8 responses to “Quilt Labels Tutorial

  1. Hi Irina, I have seen some labels with a picture of the maker on it. If the quilt is a gift–it’s nice to include a picture of both maker and recipient. I think it would be nice if you have old family quilts, (and know the maker), to label them with any information you have on the person and quilt. If you have a picture of the maker, include it on the label too. I’m going to try to put labels on all the quilts I have that my grandma made. One of these days I hope my great grandchildren will enjoy the story of the quilt and all of it’s owners.
    I have some of my great grandmother’s quilt blocks. I hope to get them put together one of these days. My aunt just sent me a collection of old block patterns that my great grandma had collected in the 1930’s. They are old Kansas City Star block patterns that had been published in the newspaper. It’s interesting to look at. All the pages are glued into an old workbook. I think the workbook was something she had to study to get her US citizenship. She was Irish. Take Care, Sandy

    • This is so interesting, Thanks for sharing! It is a treasure what you have from your great grandma… I once made a quilt for my daughter’s friend and printed a little verse that she had made up. Labels definitely make quilts more special.

  2. Instead of turning my edges under, I cut a piece of iron on interfacing or light muslin the same size and sew them right sides together, cut a slit in the back and then hand stitch it down. If you used iron on interfacing you could lightly press it down before sewing. This accomplishes 2 things–makes the edges nice and crisp and straight and it is easier to sew down.

  3. I now have two ways to do quilt labels. If the quilt requires a hanging sleeve, then I machine stitch my label to the sleeve before sewing the sleeve onto the quilt. My other technique is super fast. I use a square around 5″ (larger if I need to write more) and fold it into a triangle (and press). I write what I need to write with a Micron pen, then I position the triangle in a corner on the back of the quilt (works great for table runners and such). I sew it using a scant 1/8″ and then apply my binding as usual. Then I only have to tack down one edge of the label as it’s sewn into the binding. Done and done.

    • This is great, thank you for sharing! I especially like your second method, with the triangle. I have used a pen before when I ran out of ink for my printer and I was under pressure!

  4. Great tutorial Irina! I did this a while and got a blame for killing a printer! Now sticking to a stamp.

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