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« on: December 20, 2007 10:33:08 AM »

I bought a yard of fabric quilt labels to use on my quilts. But I don't know the best method to writing on them and attaching them to my quilt. I think I remember the lady saying something about using freezer paper. Does anyone have any input on how I should make these labels???
« Reply #1 on: December 20, 2007 06:54:03 PM »

Freezer paper would be used as a stabilizer on the back so that you can write on the front more easily.  I use my ruler and a sharpie to draw as many straight lines on the freezer paper as I need to use for reference.  Once you iron it on the back of the label, the lines can be seen through the fabric so that you can keep your handwriting from flowing downhill.

I use pigma pens to write on my labels and then turn the edges under with my iron.  Then I slipstitch it on the back.  I've also used some leftover binding to finish off the edges of the label and then used some wonder under to iron that sucker down to the back.


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« Reply #2 on: December 21, 2007 10:48:58 AM »

I also use Pigma pens - just remember to heat set the ink (by ironing it) or it may wash out when the quilt gets cleaned.

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« Reply #3 on: December 22, 2007 03:06:20 PM »

I use a variety of fabric paints/pens for my labels ... Pigma are wonderful and don't bleed. Some pens need heat-setting, some don't, but press everything before I attach the label. just in case. I also use ribbons, rick-rack, buttons, you name it.  I've even used bleach pens to stencil designs. You're only limited by your imagination.

But when I make a muslin/light coloured fabric label, I use a double thickness of fabric so the quilts' backing fabric doesn't show through the label. I usually attach the label using tiny applique whip stitches, but have also used decorative running stitches, blanket stitching and once even snaps.

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« Reply #4 on: December 25, 2007 07:24:43 PM »

I've read that if you iron freezer paper to the back of the fabric and cut it (accurately - what am I saying, I'm talking to a quilter - you know accurate) 8.5" x 11" you can print on it (just like the expensive printer fabric they sell for more $$$).  I haven't tried it myself only because I've had jamming issues with my printer when I use the $$$ printer fabric).  Also, there are ink setting / bleeding issues depending on the printer and the ink.  I would suggest lightly starching the fabric if you decide to make your own printer fabric as well as wetting it after printing and ironing to test color fastness before sewing it to your finished quilt.  Might be worth futzing with if you prefer typed fonts vs. handwriting.  You can also design labels w/photos and clip art if you can print it.  I was able to avoid the printer issue by (don't tell on me) going to Kinkos with my printer fabric and using their color copiers and placing my fabric in the paper tray - don't tell them you're doing this.   I just pre-printed my color label on paper, then took it to Kinkos w/my printer fabric and copied it on the color printer to my fabric.  I would still recommend wetting / ironing it to test before adding to your quilt.  Otherwise - it worked like magic. 

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« Reply #5 on: April 13, 2016 09:14:53 PM »

I remember my grandmother talking about a website she used that made quilt labels super cheap, wonderlabel? I think they used to be called labels and ribbon. Might want to try them.
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