Quilt Labels

Here's a quick tutorial on creating and printing your very own custom quilt label

You'll need:

  • Computer
  • Quilter's Freezer Paper
  • Inkjet Printer
  • Solid Cotton Quilting Fabric

    (I use Kona Cotton)

  • Iron and Ironing Board/Mat

Small Disclaimer - I do not prep my fabric prior to printing on it.  There are many theories and products that claim you should. I use basic Kona Cotton and have not had issues with my process and ink fading with normal washing frequencies. If your fabric feels or smells like it may have a protective coating/chemical, I would suggest finding a method to prep the fabric so the ink will stick

Designing Your Quilt Labels

Here's a little story about a girl that wanted to share with you how to design your own quilt label.....from scratch.  She started to type out directions and decided that was way too much work.  Not only for her, but for the reader.  So, she thought about it for more than a minute and decided to just share her own template and move on.

The End.

I originally use Publisher to create my own because it was easier than using Word.  But, I know most people don't have Publisher so I mocked up a template that everyone can use.

This template is pretty straight forward.  Stay inside the text box where it is and there should be plenty of room to have a 1/2" on the edges for the binding.

Play with the font, size, and position, just stay within the box.

Once you have a desired label design, print yourself a test on regular paper, cut it out and see if it would work on your quilt.


Prepping Fabric to Print Labels

After you've designed your quilt label and tested it on regular paper, it's time for the fun stuff

Grab yourself a sheet of your Quilter's Freezer Paper and a scrap piece of quilting fabric that you'll use as your label.

Cut the fabric just a little bit larger than the freezer paper.  Iron the freezer paper to the fabric (I recommend reading the Freezer Paper instructions prior to this). 

Place the freezer paper on the fabric, wax side down (shiny side). Be sure not to have any expose freezer paper peaking out from the fabric or you'll have a mess on your ironing board/mat.  Press until completely adhered to the fabric.

It's important that the edges are adhered completely and the sandwich cools completely before printing.  You may want to place a book on top of it as it cools to keep it flat and not let it curl. When cool, trim off excess fabric from the edges being careful not to cut off any paper.

This is an example of what might happen if you're not careful about adhering all the edges and keeping the sandwich flat.

Very sad result after all that hard work.


Printing Quilt Labels

Alright, now it's magic making time!

Place the Fabric/Paper sandwich into your Inkjet Printer (must be inkjet, laser will not work).  Be sure you have the sandwich inserted so that the fabric is facing the print side appropriately. You also want to make sure it's laying flat in the tray and not bunched up at all.  I acutally pull my entire tray out, lay the sandwhich in, and insert the paper tray back in.

Now, cross your fingers, hold your breath, and hit print! (Be sure to breath after you hit print, I'm not liable for any injuries if you pass out, just sayin)


Setting the Printed Quilt Labels

Look at that!! Printed Quilt Labels!  Now, let these puppies set for a few minutes before you mess with them, you don't want wet ink to smear your lovely work.

After the ink has dried well, it's time to heat set the ink. Peel the fabric off the freezer paper and press the printed fabric for a few minutes.

Now, you can either continue pressing the fabric for a good 10-15 minutes, OR, you can throw it into the clothes drier on high heat for 15 minutes (guess which method I use) After the ink is set, cut on the lines to separate the labels


Attaching Your Quilt Labels

Now that you have your square quilt label cut out, it's time to attach it to your quilt.

These labels are ment to be folded corner to corner and stitched to the corner of your quilt.  This gives you no raw edges once the binding is attached.


My binding method is to machine attach the binding to the front and hand stitch it to the back.

I attach my label at the same time I'm machine stitching the binding on.

Finally, I hand stitch the binding to the back as usual. The end product is a clean, secure, quilt label.


I hope this was helpful and not only gave you information on how to make your own label, but inspired you to create your own design.  Happy Quilting!!

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