Quilt Labels

Label in progress (straight out of the hoop, which is why it's so wrinkled).
Embroidered labels are nice!
So we all know labels are important to the posterity of our quilts, but why then is it so hard to get motivated to put one on the quilt? Labels are worse than binding, in my humble opinion! I think part of my problem is that I haven't found a tried and true, easy way to make a label. My usual way is to print the info on fabric. This is fine for wall hangings or other quilts that won't ever get washed, but it's not a long-term solution. The printer ink just won't stay put after washing. (I think  there's fabric or some kind of process you can do to make it permanent, but I haven't looked into that too seriously.)

The best way I've found is to embroider the info on. I know it won't fade away and it looks kind of cool. It takes longer, however, and if you want to put a lot of info on the label, it could take forever! Another thing I've done is to just write my info on the back of the quilt with a permanent fabric pen. This works in a pinch, but isn't too classy. Not to mention, if you have a dark backing, which I often do, you can't see the writing. And I've tried writing on a label with said pen, but even with freezer paper on the back to stabilize, I'm never happy with my handwriting. So what's a girl to do? I'm still pondering that one. But in the meantime, I have to get some sort of label on my book quilts, so here goes.

First I type out all the info I want on the label.
I have multiple quilts, so I batched them all up on one page.
You can get as creative or as plain as you want. Guess which way I go!

Next I cut freezer paper 8 1/2" x 11".
I cut the label fabric slightly smaller than that.
I used grey because I just wanted to. Use what ever fabric you
want as long as the words can be read.

Press the fabric to the shiny side of the freezer paper.
Make sure it is really tight, especially on the edge that will feed into your printer.

Print. I did a test first to see which way I had to put the fabric in my printer.
In my case, I put it in with the fabric facing down. I also set my printer
to "best" so it would come out darker.

Once printed, I cut them out leaving enough room for a seam allowance.
I will sew them on the quilts that won't ever be washed.

How do you do labels? I'm always interested in what works and what doesn't. Leave a comment if you have better ideas than me!


  1. Here's a link to a page on my blog.
    I do labels on computer with the Printed treasures fabric...my hand writing is so bad! I have taught classes and done guild programs on labels. Just constantly amazed at how many quilters refuse to label their quilts.
    And your embroidered label is great!

  2. I print out what I want the label to say on paper using a nice font, then trace it onto fabric. My handwriting is also hard to read but this method has given me good results. I also don't have to worry about whether or not I'm spelling everything correctly because I've already done that on the computer before putting pen to fabric.

  3. Sharpie marker! I know, I'm an infidel, but it's what works for me.

  4. I use my computerized embroidery machine's quilt stitch font because it is the easiest to read to make my labels. It goes pretty fast since the label is typed into the software. Then I use dosew, a sewing product from the eighties, to sew around the edge 1/4", make a slit, turn inside out, iron flat, and then hand stitch to the quilt. Most of the people who have received the quilts like that something special about them is on the label. I want my quilts used so I try to make the labels durable.


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