Making a Quilt Label
Why include a label?
- History for your family and quilt historians . Identification
if lost or stolen
What to include on your label:
- Name of your quilt
- Your name
- Address (at least city/state)
- Date of completion (at least year)
- Name of recipient
- Story of your quilt
- Information about the quilt: Machine or hand pieced,
and/or appliqued; Machine or hand quilted; Type of batting;
How to sew the label to your quilt:
Make a label using one of the methods listed below. Using
some fabric left over from your quilt, add a narrow border
around the label. Applique the label to the back of the
quilt, using the blind stitch. Whether writing, typing or
printing on fabric, iron freezer paper to back of the fabric
Types of labels:
- Hand written label on muslin or other solid.
Practice writing label on paper. Trace good copy onto
muslin, using a permanent pen. The Micron Pigma pen in
black or brown is a good choice.
- Typed labels are permanent if the typewriter
ribbon is a permanent ink.
- Computer labels: Use the manual feed. Computer
labels can be fun, because you can change the size and
type of fonts and you can add borders and clip art. Laser
printer (uses toner) labels are not permanent, but are
fine for seasonal and wall hangings that are not going
to be washed. Ink jet printer (uses ink) labels are permanent,
after setting with a fixative, available at quilt stores
and through mail order catalogs. Computer ready fabric
is also available for ink jet printers.
- Sewing machine stitch labels: Many machines may
be programmed with words and designs to easy stitch a
- Cross stitch labels are beautiful. They are a
little heavier, due to the Aida cloth.
- Embroidered labels can be lovely, especially
when accented with ribbon embroidery.
- Rubber stamp quilt labels are available. You
must use fabric permanent stamping ink. You stamp label
onto fabric and fill in your information with a permanent
pen. Designs can be filled in with colored permanent pens.
- Printed fabric quilt labels: These labels are
sold by the yard or panel in quilt and fabric stores.
You cut out the label and fill in your information with
a permanent pen.
- Books with quilt labels: There are books with
numerous ideas for quilt labels. Some labels are cut out
of the book and transferred to the fabric using an iron.
- Photo transfer: Any method of label can be enhanced
with photos of the quilter or the recipient.