How to Label a Quilt With Your Name ('Cause You Need to Sign That Masterpiece!)

Imagine Rihanna or Bruno Mars forgetting to put their name on a song. It's just something that's #nevergonnahappen. Same goes for finished quilts: Never should you ever make one without putting a label on it. You deserve to take credit for that hard work, whether you're putting it on display in your own home or giving it as a gift .

Before you dive in though, you first need to think about how you want your label to look . Do you want it to have just your name, or the date and place where you made the quilt, too? If you're giving it as a gift, do you want to add the recipient's name? If it's for a special occasion, do you want to work those details — or maybe a meaningful quote that reflects it — into the label, too?

Clearly, there are a lot of prep questions to answer before you get into the fun stuff. But just take your time visualizing how you see your label making the most impact, then dive into the tutorial below. It'll add the perfect touch of customization to make that finished quilt feel extra special.

DIY Quilt Label

Level: Easy

What You Need

  • Permanent marking pen
  • Small piece of fabric (around 4 x 6" or 5 x7")
  • Freezer paper for stabilizing fabric while writing (4 x 6")
  • Leftover fabric strips from the quilt top (1½" width)
  • Needle and thread for attaching the label to the quilt

1. Print Out a Label

Start by typing all your label information into a blank document. Then arrange the words to fit the size of your label, and adjust the font size as needed. Printing this all out on paper will help you see what the info will look like when you write it out by hand — think of it as your pattern.

2. Prepare the Fabric for the Label

Iron the wrong side of your label fabric to the shiny side of a piece of freezer paper. The freezer paper will stabilize the fabric so it doesn't shift while you're writing on it.

3. Use Your Printout As a Guide

Stand near a window or a light box, and lay the stabilized fabric over the printout you made. Use the content on the printout as a guide for your label. You don't need to trace it, although you could. But it works if you just use it to guide where and how you write the information onto your label, so the words are the right size and follow a straight line. This way, you'll also make sure not to make mistakes as you write your label by hand.

4. Add a Border

Now that you have all the information you want on your label, add a finishing border to make it look extra professional. Cut scraps from the front of the quilt into 1½"-wide strips. Stitch the strips to the label and trim.

5. Tidy Up the Borders

Press the border strips toward the back of the label, so the edges look crisp with no raw edges.

6. Add the Label to Your Quilt

Use pins to hold the label in place on the lower corner of your quilt. Appliqué the label onto your quilt using an invisible slip stitch. Make sure not to let your stitches go all the way through the quilt.

And that's it — your quilt is officially labeled! Remember though, this is just one way to label your quilt — you can get as creative as you want, adding your own personal flair. Just think of your quilt and its label as your own personal forever stamp.

Photos via Butterfly Threads Quilting

February 14, 2019
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