Boost the uniqueness of your projects by learning how to make a quilt label.
It’s already gratifying to have a quilt created by you.
So, imagine the delight of adding a label containing information such as:
- the reason you made it: graduation, wedding, birth, birthday, etc.
- the quilter’s name,
- the gifted person’s name,
- a poem or memorable phrase,
- date and place of completion,
- care instructions,
- the name of the quilt (you can call it, for instance, “West Coast Johnny” or “Doodle Doo Doo”), and other—lists Handi Quilter.
Your limitation is only your imagination!
This article investigates two parts of the quilt-label-making topic:
- how to make a quilt label, and
- how to attach a quilt label to your quilt project;
Ready to make the first step?
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How to make and what to put on quilt label
Like in every other creative department, discovering how to label a quilt may mean making it from scratch or using some ready-made aids.
You can, for example, use June Tailor quilt label fabric sheets to print the content of your labels on a regular home printer and put them directly on your quilt. Check these June Tailor templates on Amazon and read our take on quilt kits. You can also go for pre-printed fabric quilt labels.
Image source: Chatelaine
Otherwise, watch “How to Make Quilt Labels with Inkjet Printer” on the Needlepointers channel to put together fabric quilt labels by the yard:
Suzy Quilts notices that there are at least four creative ways to label a quilt:
Type of label
What is it
Where to get it from
Use a twill tape to create a moderately complicated label project on your lovely quilt. You can then machine stitch these pieces of twill tape into the corner when applying binding on the face of the quilt. Then, hand stitch the binding over. Discover how to bind a quilt here.
Here are some Etsy twill tapes to purchase.
Freezer paper and fabric
Use regular freezer paper to print your quilt label on a standard laser printer. We explain how to do it in detail below.
Buy a piece of fabric and a regular freezer paper at a grocery store.
Read also how to applique on a quilt.
How to embroider a quilt label? Embroidery requires some extra time and practice compared to other methods to create a embroidered label, but it’s a great way to create unique, beautiful, customized labels no one else has!
To create your own custom embroidered quilt label, you’ll need:
There is a lot to explore in the embroidery department.
How to embroider a name on a quilt? Explains Sarah from Fairy Face Designs.
The best way to get your woven labels is to visit the Super Label Store and find the best option for you!
Curious about the freezer paper method to make a personalized quilt label?
First, cut a piece of freezer paper and light-colored fabric, about 8 1/2″ x 11″.
On the SewVeryEasy YouTube channel, Laura advises washing and drying your fabric first, but without using a fabric softener. She warns it will put a coating on a piece of fabric, making it unable to absorb the ink. Without a fabric softener, the ink will stay better and last longer.
Position the freezer paper shiny side down on top of the fabric. Then, take an iron, set it on the cotton setting, and press the freezer paper onto the fabric until it sticks; a few seconds at most!
With a ruler and rotary cutter, trim both layers to the size of regular printer paper.
Put the just-made “sheet” into a printer like a regular printing paper. You may have to change some printer settings, but it’s a basic-level task.
After you print your fabric label, peel off the freezer paper, and here you go!—says Suzy Quilts.
Freezer paper has multiple uses. Check “What do quilters use freezer paper for?” by Charlotte Scott:
Read “How to use Freezer Paper to Print on Fabric” on Patchwork Posse.
Image source: Happy Quilting Melissa
Choose your product and get ready to start this new adventure!
“How to Make Quilt Labels Like a Pro”? No one knows it better than Quilting Daily:
- First, you’ll need a project. How to make quilt labels on the computer? To create a label project, use the software as simple as Word. You can also use more sophisticated tools, such as Adobe Illustrator. Choose an appropriate font and settings, and write your text. Edit it to your liking. Print a sample onto paper and make adjustments if needed.
Instead of printing your label’s writing, you can alternatively trace it by hand. Just make sure the writing is dark enough to show through your fabric, or do it with a lightbox or a bright window nearby. Read more on All People Quilt.
- If you fancy your project, go on and print it onto paper-backed pre-treated fabric. You can go for one manufactured by an established brand, such as EQ Printables Regular Cotton Inkjet Fabric Sheets, or create your fabric sheet using freezer paper (we described how to do it above).
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- Take the printed sheet, center the text, and cut your label to the desired size, leaving a margin of space around the text, plus 1/4″ on all sides for the seam allowance.
- Layer the label with a piece of lining fabric, right sides together, and square everything up to the desired size.
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- Now, you can join the label and lining with a quarter-inch seam all the way around. Also, trim small triangles off the corners to reduce bulk.
- Cut a slit one or two inches long in the lining. Turn the label right sides out through the slit and cautiously push out the corners using an awl or pointed tool. Press the label flat.
- Sew your label on the finished quilt back using a blind stitch.
Read also our takes on:
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What to write on a label?
Let’s start with how to date a quilt.
To date your quilt, indicate a day or month when you
- started working on your project,
- finished working on your project,
- gave your quilt gift to a person (for instance, wedding date or baby birth date);
You can list facts such as a date, but consider getting your creative juices flowing and writing down an inspiring quote or poem on your fabric quilt labels.
Let’s see some examples by New Quilters:
Quilt label sayings for daughter
Quilt label sayings for wedding
Quilt label sayings for grandchildren
Quilt label sayings for baby
There are as many ideas as people. Maybe there is a quote you and your friend especially like or a saying that only the two of you two know.
Image source: Home Made Emily Jane
How to sew a label on a quilt
So, you’ve got your label, and it’s time to fasten it to the quilt.
You’ll usually put a label on a quilt on the lower right side when looking at the quilt from the front. However, it doesn’t mean you can’t sew your label wherever you like!
Amy Smart from Diary of a Quilter advises giving the label a bit of spritz of starch to
- make it nice and crisp, and
- fold it back to help it have straight edges and become easier to sew;
Then, pin the label on your quilt, and using a hidden applique stitch, sew the label in place.
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How to sew on a quilt label? Slide the needle through the label, quilt backing fabric, and batting, but don’t go all the way through the front of the quilt.
Sew your label to the back of a new quilt before it’s washed to ensure your quilt itself is still a little stiffer. Then, wash it before giving the quilt away to ensure the label is still securely in place.
Making a quilt label can be hard at the beginning, but it will become easier the more time you give to it. So, grab a piece of fabric scrap and start practicing.
Tackle other quilting-related topics in our blogs:
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is the best fabric for labels?
To apply a label inside the garment, it’s recommended to opt for a cotton or polyester fabric. This choice ensures the creation of a label that is both robust and enduring. For labeling bags, it’s suggested to utilize either tyvek or satin materials for optimal results.
What is a raw edge quilt label, and how can I create one?
A raw edge quilt label involves applying a fabric label to your quilt with unfinished or “raw” edges. This technique adds a rustic and handmade charm. To make a raw edge label, print your desired label design on printable fabric paper, cut it out, and attach it to your quilt with a secure stitch along the edges.
Can I use machine embroidery to create a custom label for my quilt?
Absolutely! Machine embroidery is a fantastic way to add a personalized touch to your quilt label. You can use embroidery machines to stitch intricate designs, text, and even images onto fabric, giving your label a professional and unique look.