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Avoiding quilt labels?

I’m the last person who should share about quilt labels. I’m really bad about making them. Terrible, even. I have friends who make amazing labels. Some are handwritten, some machine embroidered, all are thoughtful and lovely.

Me? I’ve made them several different ways (when I do it at all), but I did come up with this simple method last year and I do like it. Enough to actually use it. Occasionally.

I used a Pigma pen in the photos below, but it could be embroidered either by hand or machine, or printed out on fabric.

I started with a 5″ square, but if you need more space you’ll want something larger. Experiment with folded paper squares until you find a size you like.

Press the square in half diagonally. If I’m handwriting the label, I place a piece of blue painter’s tape on the back to stabilize the fabric, and then write on.

Pin the square (right side to the quilt)  in one of the bottom corners of the quilt back. Hand stitch along the pressed line. I use a simple running or backstitch to secure it.

Fold the label down along the stitched line. Now complete the binding as usual, enclosing the last two sides of the label  in the binding allowance.

This is quick and easy, and I should be completely without an excuse for not labeling my next quilt. Right?

22 Comments Post a comment
  1. thanks for the tip, I’ll try this next time I finish {hahaha} a quilt. I think it will help me to actually make labels more often if I don’t wait until the binding is complete. At that point I really want to just move on to other projects.

    November 12, 2011
    • I know how you feel (about both the “finish” and the “move on”). 😉

      November 12, 2011
  2. That’s a label I think I could make. Thanks for the tip!

    November 12, 2011
  3. Sheila #

    Brilliant, so easy and so effective.

    November 26, 2011
  4. joan #

    ingenious! and so perfect for quilts that aren’t exactly heirloom quality (like many of mine)!

    November 26, 2011
  5. Love this idea. I’ll definitely use this for small projects like table runners etc. Thanks for sharing.

    November 28, 2011
  6. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing with us.
    (I’ve popped over from Generation Q magazine)

    November 29, 2011
  7. Thanks for your tutorial. I mentioned it in my latest blog post:

    September 21, 2015
  8. Why do we get so bent out of shape over labels? Sometimes I think I stress more over them than the actual quilt! ;). Thanks for sharing. I can do this!

    April 2, 2016
  9. Kelly #

    If it’s quilted in, it can’t have the label ripped out and the quilt stolen.

    September 7, 2016
  10. Sharon Kassler #

    Do you leave the painter’s tape in the label?

    April 21, 2017
    • No, it’s just to stabilize the fabric when printing. Thanks!

      April 21, 2017
  11. Chris Jones #

    I’m a machine quilter and really hate to do handwork. Your label idea is a great one that I will use. Thanks for the tips, especially stabilizing with the painter’s tape. I keep it on hand and use it especially for making straight stitching lines. Thanks for sharing!

    June 19, 2017
  12. Louise Faranda #

    What a great idea. I have also been avoiding labeling my quilts but this makes it look easy.
    Thanks for the encouragement to finally do it.

    December 25, 2017
  13. Diana #

    Great idea. Instead of painters tape you can iron freezer paper on the back side…..

    January 7, 2018
  14. Patty Calcagno #

    I have the same trouble, but I love your idea, folding for the finished edge and fitting it right into the binding…brilliant!

    January 18, 2018
  15. Beth Anstedt #

    I use this method for my labels. Sometimes I cover the folded edge on the bottom of the label with a folded strip of fabric…similar to a binding…just to make the edge a little more substantial. I then hand sew the bottom to the backing. Also will use painters tape to give the fabric….never thought of that to stabilize the fabric to make printing the info on the label.

    May 21, 2018
  16. Jo-Ann #

    Thanks for the tip. Now to practice writing on fabric 😀

    June 9, 2018

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