I have been making labels for my quilts. I had several quilts that needed a label, I tend to be a bit lazy and always find it hard to get the labels on my quilts. This very important part of quilt making gives us so much information, not only for future generations but for ourselves. If you are like me and a wee bit forgetful, it is easy to forget when you made a particular quilt.
Since hand drawn labels never turn out so good for me, I researched methods of making labels and came up with these lovely labels for my quilts.
Firstly I design my labels on the computer, there are many programs you could use for this. I use Adobe Illustrator, but Microsoft word would do a good job also. Depending on the size of the label you can get at least two on an A4 page.
I then cut a piece of freezer paper and the fabric I am using for the label the same size as an A4 page. I Iron the freezer paper to the wrong side of the fabric. Then you can use this in an Ink Jet Printer to print your labels. Remember do not use a laser printer.
Heat set the ink with your iron, do not slide the iron across as this may smear the ink. Press down and hold to set the ink.
Now prepare your label, I use steam a seam lite fusible. Although you can try any of these products to get the result you like. Firstly cut the fusible approx 1/4 inch smaller then your label. Iron this onto the wrong side of your label.
This picture has the fusible ironed onto the back of the label, you may need to enlarge the picture to see clearly.
Turn the edges of your label over onto the fusible and press, approx 1/4 inch.
Then press the label onto your quilt, I usually like my labels on the right hand side corner.
You are now ready to hand stitch the label in place to finish.
Using the fusible not only eliminates the use of pins, it makes the label secure in case someone decides to remove it.
I hope you enjoyed this post and making your labels becomes easy and fun.
I look forward to your comments