Do you use quilt labels? They can add such a cool personal touch your finished projects. There are many different kinds and we’ll talk a little bit about them. But first, here is a peek at my latest finish (the Gather quilt with the ivory background) with its cute little custom Lella Boutique label peeking out from the back.
Why Label Your Quilt?
There are several reasons and kinds of labels. Let’s discuss a few of them.
- Some labels are used to document a quilt’s information. These labels will generally have several blanks to fill in such as the pattern name, fabric used, maker name, quilter name, date completed, etc. I have never used this kind but some people really love to keep that information handy.
- A label can provide washing or special care instructions. I love the idea of this one, especially for gifting.
- A lot of labels are intended to add your signature to a quilt (this is the purpose of mine). Fat Quarter Shop carries a variety of premade labels here but you can also have custom ones made. (I’ll share more about mine in a minute.)
- Others labels are just plain funny or beautiful and don’t serve any real purpose other than aesthetic. (Check out some of these humorous ones designed by Kylie and the Machine.)
If you make a lot of quilts like I do, it might make sense to order custom labels. I noticed some of my quilter friends have used the company CustomLabels4U.com so I decided to give them a try. They were great to work with and I love how mine turned out. For anyone interested, I thought I’d share the specifics of my order:
- Natural 100% printed cotton labels
- White background
- Center Fold
- Height 1″ after fold + .25″ SA (seam allowance)
- Length 2.5″
I ordered 100. Should last a while I would think!
Adding the Labels
Since mine are folded in half, I just cover the raw ends at the top by tucking this into the binding of my quilt. Referring to Step #13 of my machine binding tutorial, I’ve added a little note to where you add this kind of folded label in the process!
For application of a flat label, check out this video by Me & My Sister Design on the Fat Quarter Shop channel found here.