How to Make Quilt Labels

    by Karen Ellis

    About the Author

    Karen Ellis has been a full-time writer since 2006. She is an expert crafter, with more than 30 years of experience in knitting, chrocheting, quilting, sewing, scrapbooking and other arts. She is an expert gardener, with lifelong experience. Ellis has taken many classes in these subjects and taught classes, as well.


    The quilt label is used to display the quilt-maker's name, as well as the name, date and location of the finished quilt. If you are new to quilting you may not be familiar with these labels, but as you begin making quilts and designing your own patterns, you'll want to tell the quilt's story to those who admire it. There are as many ways to create a quilt label as there are quilters. Here are some very simple methods that any new quilter can try.

    Things You'll Need

    • Solid-colored cotton fabric scraps
    • Scissors
    • Pencil
    • Permanent fabric marker
    • Iron
    • Embroidery floss
    • Embroidery needle
    • Sharps needle (sold with quilting notions)
    • Thread
    • Thimble
    • Freezer paper
    • Ink jet printer

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    Create an extra quilt block to attach your quilt label information. Many quilters simply use one of the bottom quilt blocks on the quilt top as a label by adding the information in embroidery or with a permanent fabric marker. It's best to sketch out the information in pencil on the block first, then use the permanent writing medium you've chosen before attaching it to the quilt top. If you make an error, you can remake the block.

    Cut a piece of solid-colored cotton fabric, such as unbleached muslin, for your quilt label and press the sides under using a hot iron. Write or stitch your information onto the label and then hand-stitch it to the front of the quilt or along the border using a sharps needle and thread. Many quilters place this type of label near the bottom on the quilt backing.

    Design your quilt label on your computer and print it directly onto your fabric. By ironing solid-colored fabric to a sheet of freezer paper you can send it through an ink jet printer. Or, you can save a step by purchasing printable fabric wherever you buy your quilting supplies. After you've printed out the label, heat-set the ink with your hot iron (no steam), press the raw edges under and stitch the label to the quilt top or backing.

    • Attach your quilt label to your quilt top or backing before beginning the quilting process. This ensures your label will be quilted right into the design.