This is a quickie post for a tutorial on how to make labels for your creations out of fabric. I have had several questions about creating this little works of art, so I hope this will answer your questions!
First, create a label template on your computer (I have used both Microsoft Word and Microsoft Publisher) to do this. Basically, you insert a text box then format until you get a look you like. There are also online editing site (like PicMonkey)
Add the sentiment that you would like in your label. For a quilt that you have made, it is typical to add the name of the quilt, the maker of the quilt, who it is for, the date and the location (i.e. Houston TX). Of course you can put anything you like here - it is YOUR label. On many of the T-Shirt Quilts that I make, we include a sentiment such as Name, Congratulations or Happy Graduation and the year. Most of the labels that I am making are for customer quilts, and the sentiment reflects what they would like.
Get crazy with the fonts and color. Use different sizes and different colors to tie in with the quilt. Make it your own! There is no right or wrong way to create or attach your label.
Rinse the fabric gently in cold water for a few seconds then remove from water and dab with a towel. Finish drying fabric with a dry iron on high heat. (follow the manufacturers instructions for best results).
Cut out each label. I usually add an inch to the outside of whatever design or boder defines the label. Then press each side in 1/2" TIP: Use a large postcard as a straight-edge to give a crisp fold. Iron. Repeat for all four sides. Another option is to trim the edges with pinking shears. The zig-zag edge keeps the edges from fraying.
If you would like to see how your label will hold up with laundering, then a little test is in order. Just baste a test label to a piece of scrap fabric (mainly so you can find it later) and include in a load of laundry.
If you are attaching the label before it is quilted, then you have the option of sewing it on with a straight or decorative stitch. The method I generally use is applique to apply the label.
I use a product called HeatnBond Lite that is a lightweight iron-on adhesive that can be sewn through either by hand or using a sewing machine – perfect for any quilter’s appliqueing needs!
If using a blanket stitch secure the label, cut the same size amount of that of the label. If folding the edges under, then cut the fusible 1/2" smaller than the label. Using hot dry heat, iron the shinny side of the paper to the wrongside of the label, wait for it too cool, peel the paper backing away from the label and then iron the label front side up to one of the bottom left corner of quilt. I usually whip stitch it down by hand, taking tiny almost invisible stitches.