Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Covered label

   I am adding this tutorial after getting several questions about the booklet style labels.  I thought I had done this before, but I can't find the post on it.  Those blogger gremlins  must have run away with it.  I will set a permanent link on the tutorial page, too.  

  Making a special label for a quilt or wall hanging is a little time consuming,  but so worth the effort.  Just a little planning and a few small pieces of fabric and you can make it really different.  Whether you use a handwritten label or printed computer label,  you can create a covered or booklet style label.    Here's what I did for a gift wall hanging. 

I printed my label with graphics onto Printed Treasures fabric.  I cut it to size and added 2" border strips of fabric to three sides.    This will be the inside of the label.  To the top side of this part,  I  will  add a larger piece of fabric.  I needed the over all length long enough to fold in half  equally.  

This is the inside label that has been sewn and trimmed to size.  The fabric of the outside of the label is a single piece of fabric that is cut  to the same size.   You could get creative and strip piece this or use a small pieced block on this too.  Note the layout position of the fish applique....the fish will end up on the outside of the label.  Now flip the outside label over onto the inside label, right sides together and keeping the fish applique against the plain fabric portion.  

Stitch a 1/4" seam around all 4 sides.   Then you cut a 2 " slit in the fabric that is facing the printed label.....this section will become the backside of the whole label.  Read the last sentence again--cut slit for turning in the outside fabric facing the printed label.

 Turn inside out and poke out the corners, press well.   The section with the slit  will be stitched or fused down to the back of the quilt and not be seen.  

Now just fold in half and your label is ready to attach.   Attach by fusing if desired, or hand stitch to back of the quilt or wall hanging.
    Thanks for the questions.   We are off for a short day trip----a surprise for Sir Old Man.  He has no idea where we are heading and I'm sure he thinks it is a fabric hunt.  ;)  Won't he be shocked  when it is not!  Happy stitching.  


Janet O. said...

How fascinating! Very clever!
Curious to know where you are taking S.O.M.!

Lynne said...

What a clever idea - thanks for the tutorial.

Can't wait to hear about your secret adventure.

Barb said...

That is awesome!

Andrea said...

Awesome looking label...I'm just curious what it looks like on the finished quilt or wallhanging? I'm having a little trouble envisioning the final product attached. Hope your little secret adventure went well - for both of you!

Pam said...

I love the quilt in your header!

Kerry said...

I love the idea of printing something out from the computer.

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