What do you put on your label?
At the very least, your label needs to contain the name of the person or people who made the quilt, the name of the quilt or the pattern, the date it was completed, as well as the city and state or country. It is strongly suggested that you also include your phone number and address, particularly if you intend on exhibiting or shipping your quilt in the near future. You might want to sign your name and the date on the front of your quilt. You may also wish to include additional information such as the name of the recipient (if the quilt is a gift), the reasons for making the quilt, interesting stories relating to the quilt, new techniques tried, and so on. It is a good idea to include instructions on how to wash and care for the quilt if it is going to be given as a present.
- Attach your label BEFORE quilting
You can appliqué the label onto the quilt backing either by hand or by using a machine. In addition to appliquéing, one source recommends using a fusible webbing underneath the label you are attaching. This will keep it in place while you sew, and it will also make it harder for a thief to take it off later.
- Quilt through your label
When you quilt, make sure to stitch all the way through the label so that it cannot be removed without much effort.
- Covering your name for quilt shows
In the event that you intend to enter your quilt in a competition that requires you to conceal your name, simply loosely baste a scrap of contrasting fabric over your name and write “OWNER’S NAME IS UNDER HERE” on the scrap. In the event that the quilt is misplaced, a person who does not know how to quilt will be able to determine where to look for evidence of ownership.
- Hide a signature
In the interest of safety, it is a prudent precaution to write your name in a discrete location that, in the event that it is necessary to establish ownership of the quilt, can be uncovered. Pick a spot on the quilt that can be opened up without causing any harm to the piece. The area underneath the hanging sleeve is one possibility to consider. After you have written your complete name, address, and phone number directly on the quilt with a Pigma pen, stitch the sleeve into place so that it is secure. Additionally, you have the option of writing your name in the seam allowance that is going to be enclosed by the binding.
- Make your label interesting
You can attach a label to the front of your quilt by using an extra block as a label. This will help people identify their quilts. You can hand paint your label or use permanent fabric markers to draw designs on it. Both options are available. You could also create a design using oil stencil sticks as a stencil. Additionally, there is a wide selection of pre-made labels that can be purchased today.
Ways to Create a Label
- Permanent marking pens
Using a permanent marker such as the Pigma or Sakura micron pens, you are able to write directly onto your label. Make use of your own handwriting, or if you want to make it look fancier, try your hand at calligraphy. Embellish your work with flourishes and borders.
- Embroidered label
Your label can be embroidered by hand or on a machine, whichever you prefer. There are some quilt shops and sewing supply stores that offer custom machine embroidered labels.
- Use a typewriter
Insert the piece of label fabric that you have pressed to the shiny side of the freezer paper into your typewriter after using an iron to do so. After you have typed in your information, take it out of the typewriter, separate the freezer paper from your label, and then heat set the ink using a dry, hot iron.
- Use a computer
Put your fabric label onto a piece of freezer paper that is 8-1/2 inches by 11 inches and press it down. Utilize the software on your computer to create your label. Utilizing a color inkjet printer, print your label directly onto the fabric you will be using. If your printer has a feed tray specifically designated for heavier paper, you should put your paper-backed fabric in that tray. Using a dry hot iron, we set the ink’s color with heat.
- Photo transfer
Make a drawing of your label using a marker or colored pencil on a piece of plain paper. Add photos if desired. Visit a copy shop to get a color copy printed onto photo transfer paper, and then take it with you. Make sure to ask them to replicate your drawing in mirror image. When transferring the image onto your label fabric, make sure to follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer.
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