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Today I thought I’d share with you a quick tutorial for my method for making my quilt labels.
I love looking at the backs of other people’s quilts so I can see their labels. They’re so personal and unique, and they say so much about the person who made them. It feels so sneaky. Like peeking into someone’s purse… (not that I ever do that).
Do they like to neatly print theirs on a computer (OCD)? Are they quickly patched (ADHD) or painstakingly pieced and carefully embellished (Narcissistic Personality Disorder)? Do they scribble a few lines directly onto the quilt back (Psychotic)? Do they leave a detailed note for the intended recipient, chronicling their desire to please them with the quilt (Attachment Disorder)? Or maybe they forget to make a label altogether (Dementia)…
I could go on and on with the possibilities.
It’s like a personality test! Hey– maybe I can start analyzing people based their quilt labels! It could be something between a psychic reading and a psychological evaluation.
Anyway, to get to the point of this post….my design was influenced by quilt labels made by Eric Wolfmeyer and Amy Sinibaldi. After being inspired by their labels, I came up with my own twist on a label that feels handcrafted, vintage, and a part of me.
Here’s my method:
1) I started with these paper gift tags I bought at Michaels. You may have some like them hidden away in your craft room. They are approximately 6″ x 4″. I grabbed some extra pieces of quilter’s linen I had set aside from an earlier project (I think this one is by RJR fabrics), and I traced around the paper tag, leaving 1/2″ extra room for the seam allowance.
2) I trim on the line I’ve drawn.
3) Then I use the paper tag to help me fold over the seam allowance. I fold over somewhere between 1/4″ to 1/2″ and press with the iron — fold over whatever amount you like. No one will see it! Then I pull out the paper tag.
4) Then I top-stitch approximately 1/8″ away from the edge of the label, around all 4 sides.
5) I then rough cut a piece of freezer paper (*affiliate link 🙂 ) If you don’t have any freezer paper in your sewing room, I highly recommend it! It’s got many wonderful uses. Iron the freezer paper to the back-side of your label (shiny side of the freezer paper to the wrong side of the fabric). This stabilizes the fabric so you can write on it a little more easily with your pen of choice.
6) At this point, you are free to decorate your little label in any way that you like! I bought these cute little handmade buttons from Etsy that have my blog name on them. They were totally an unnecessary purchases, but ohhhhh, do they make me happy. I also like to embroider a little decorative stitch around the edges, using my rule of thumb for helping me maintain somewhat even stitches (I have no idea why this continues to be a challenge for me. I must be missing a particular neural connection in my brain for distance between hand-stitches)
– A note about pens. I usually use a Micron pen, like many of you probably do. One time recently, after I wrote on my label with my Micron, I decided it looked a little wrinkly, so I hit it with some Best Press starch and pressed it. And holy *&^%! Look what happened! I snapped this sad picture to send to my quilting confidant, Kitty, from Night Quilter. She said she always uses fabric markers these days for this very reason. Good to know. I have a pack of Tulip brand fine tip permanent fabric markers that I’ve used with good results on other project; I’ll have to dig those out for my next labels. I suspect that if I had adequately let the Micron writing dry and heat-set it with a dry iron before wetting it, it would not have run. But I’ll test that theory later and let you know.
7) I know, my hand-writing is messy. But I’m ok with that. I want my kids to know my messy handwriting someday. Maybe they’ll love it. I hope they love it.
8) Finally, peel off the freezer paper, save it for later to use the same one again, and attach the label with a blind applique stitch. I don’t have pics of that one tonight, but ooooooo, I think I feel another tutorial coming! Good thing I committed to doing this Tip and Tutorial thing once a week.
I look forward to seeing your links!