Printed Quilt Label. Easy fancy quilt labels.
As a young quilter (young in both quilt years and age I suppose) I’ve more than once finished a quilt and not included a label. I know, amateur stuff. I went to a quilt guild meeting where the presenter embroidered beautiful labels but I have little experience with embroidery so that’s probably not right for me for every quilt. I also have terrible penmanship (I should have been a doctor it’s so terrible) so for gift quilts that’s not the solution either.
Wandering through Jo-Ann’s I found 100% cotton poplin PhotoFabric that you can print onto from any inkjet printer. I’d read about people affixing fabric to paper and running it through their machines which I’ll try another time but this seemed like a fool proof solution. I think it was $12 for 12 sheets so for about $1 per label it was worth giving a go.
When I got home I popped open Illustrator to put together some labels. I graduated from art school (albeit as a programmer) so I have plenty of experience with design programs along with some light design skills and a thing for typography. That being said my first go at the labels was lack luster to say the least. So I let that part of the project sit for a while…
Then as I realized I’d be picking up 2 quilts to bind and label within the next few weeks and I remembered this post I had pinned recently that had a number of really snazzy free fonts available to download
Feeling truly inspired I spent a bit more time on it and ended up with this magnificent label for my Solstice Star sampler.
Since I decided I wanted to use the whole 4×6″ space for the quilt label I adjusted the washing instructions so I could print 2 per 4×6″ piece. For the solstice star quote I added a favorite quote from the Sarah Williams poem The Old Astronomer to His Pupil and stars to mimic my favorite constellation, Boötes, which seemed to be quite apropos for the quilt in question.
I followed all the directions on the packaging: print, let it dry, rinse off, lay flat to dry. Pretty easy stuff. Then I pinked the edges to reduce fray and stitched them onto the backing of the quilt after it was quilted and bound while being careful not to push any stitches through to the front.
I’ve yet to wash a blanket with this label on it but I’ll be putting it through the ringer and posting up again after a few washes to let you know how it holds up!
Download the Printable Washing Label
I’ve posted the washing instructions 4×6″ PDF download on my downloads page so you can use it on your quilts too. Please post links to your blog post or Flickr photos in the comments if you use the label. I’d LOVE to see it out in the wild!
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