How to Make a Quilt Label

Labelling your quilt is super important!  At the very least, it shows you take pride in your work, and at the most, in 100 years it will provide a quilt historian important information about the origins of the quilt!  So here is a great little video about how to make a quilt label.

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Quilt labels are usually made after the quilt is finished, and once the hard work of quilting and binding is done, the label can get forgotten or seem like too much bother.  But there are quick and simple ways to ‘get ‘er done’!  You can write with a fabric pen straight onto the back of the quilt or you can use pre-printed label fabric and just cut one out and fuse it on.

There are also more intricate and detailed ways to make and attach quilt labels and Amanda Rolfe, from 3 and 3 quarters, talks about and shows some great examples.  Amanda also gives a link to her Pinterest board of quilt label examples, which is certain to give you some inspiration on how to make a quilt label.

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One of my favourite labels I ever made was when I used an extra appliqué flower that was leftover from making the quilt top.  I wrote the details on with a fabric pen, fused it to the backing fabric and machine appliquéd it down.  Doing this before I sandwiched and quilted the quilt meant there was no way anyone was ever removing the label, AND when I finished the binding the quilt was truly done – the label was already on!

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So my top tip for making quilt labels is to think about it before you finish your quilt.  Start making one while you are piecing the top and then you have more options when it comes to attaching your label and if it’s already made before you are finished, it won’t seem like such a chore at the end.

We’d love to hear from you!  Comment below and tell us your favourite ways of making a quilt label and your top tip on how to make the process easier.

Charlotte

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Charlotte has been quilting for more than 10 years, making both traditional quilts and art quilts and loving both processes. She teaches and writes about quilting to help introduce more people to this awesome craft. She lives in Northland on a boat with her husband, two children, a dog, a cat and two sewing machines – fabric and stitch are her escape! You can also find Charlotte's writings on her blog The Slightly Mad Quilt Lady

Comments

  1. Love quilt labels and most times 🙂 I do label my quilts. Some of my customers ask me to make labels for their quilts too.

  2. bayneshouse@gmail.com' Sheryll Baynes says:

    I have just returned from Quit Con in Pasadena, California, it was so inspiring! Then timely your email arrived and I’m now scrolling your Website for inspiration. I always buy local (except the little bits I buy when I travel!) cause I really want to encourage New Zealand suppliers. Keep these emails coming

  3. Finally finished a quilt started in 1994. I could not do free motion quilting as my little Elna Air Electric was only small and adequate to sew my children’s clothes! With my trusty Burda and tracing wheel she was the toast of the neighborhood! Too much for the mother-in-law’s lemon mouth! Her babies were dressed in white until they were 5, hahaha! But the compliments I got and saying well, she is dutch and obviously her relatives sends her these gorgeous clothes, just look at the two boys as well! It is only since I started quilting I changed my machine to an Elna 6003 and now learning to free motion quilt and having a bit of success! Won some fat quarters from you and made them into quilted santa boots, They were most welcome and I felt proud that they looked so good! Now half way to a real quilt which I marked at 3am with a real pen and discovered in the morning! Three days of getting ballpoint out of a white star nearly was the end of my quilting career, hahaha! But all good now and quilted 3 stars and 6 to go and enjoying it!

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