Every quilt you make needs a label.
Years down the road who will remember who made that quilt? Who did they make it for? And when? You might not even remember.
Plus if you decide to show a quilt, it will definitely need a label to ensure you get it back. Quilt labels are easy to make and there are lots of different ways. It's basically a piece of fabric with information on it that is attached to the back of the quilt, usually in a bottom corner.
Last week I designed a simple label for my QuiltCon quilt and fused it to the back of the quilt. Actually, I designed 4 different labels and played with different colors before I picked the right one for my quilt.
Now I'm giving all the designs in all three colors to you!
and read on to see how to attach them.
You can actually print and use these labels however you want. This is how I did it. I've used Transfer Artist Paper (TAP) for several different projects and I love it. It's easy and it creates a bold, crisp image.
Simply print your design (reversed) on the white side of the TAP
and then iron it onto a piece of fabric.
It's easy to know that your image has transferred because the paper lifts off and doesn't stick. If it sticks, iron for another 10 seconds and check again.
Then I applied HeatnBond Ultrahold to the other side of my label so I could fuse it to the quilt. If we ever start using and washing it regularly, I'll hand sew the label down. But it is fused very well already.
And that's it! Here are some other things to know:
- these quilt labels are blank. You could edit the pdf files to add your own text (using Acrobat, Photoshop, or Elements) or...
- the TAP accepts lots of different inks and paints so you can add to the designs before you transfer them (remember they will transfer in reverse)
- you can also make blank labels and write on them with a permanent fabric pen.
If you use these labels I hope you show me! We have a flickr album and a facebook group to show off our projects. Plus Show Off Saturday linky party!