How to Make Quilt Labels Like a Pro

Learn how to make quilt labels like a pro in this easy-to-follow guide!

A non-quilter here at work recently asked me about making quilt labels, and I showed her the basics. She was so excited about the simplicity of it all, and I realized that QM readers might appreciate these easy techniques. So here you go: A Quick Quilt Label Method, aka how to make a quilt label.

How to Make Quilt Labels

First step in quilt labels: create the label in Microsoft Word.

First, create the label in Word. Find a font you like and enter the text, line by line. I chose to center each line and to make the names larger than the other text. Because I prefer not to waste any paper-backed pre-treated label fabric, I often put text for a generic label or two on the same page. These generic quilt labels read I made this for you, followed by my name and the year.

Print a sample onto paper and make adjustments as needed.

Preview the label and make adjustments as necessary.

Here’s one I printed on paper, but I decided I didn’t like the ragged edges of this font. Sometimes making the text bold is helpful but it depends on the font.

When you are satisfied with it, print it onto paper-backed pre-treated fabric. There are many good brands available. I have used several and I especially like EQ Printables regular cotton inkjet fabric sheets, usually available at your local quilt shop.

Print your label onto paper-backed pre-treated fabric.

Cut the quilt label you’ll be using away from the other labels. Set the generic labels aside for later use.

Cut the quilt label you'll be using away from the other labels.

Center the text and cut the label to the desired size. Be sure to leave a margin of empty space around the text, plus 1/4″ on all sides for the seam allowance; I usually make my cut 5/8″ outside the text on all sides.

Center the text and cut the label to the desired size.

Cut some strips 1 1/2″ wide from coordinating or matching fabric.

Cut some strips 1 1/2 inches wide.

Sew the strips around the label like a little border. It really doesn’t matter which ones you sew on first.

Sew the strips around the label like a border. width=

Layer the label with a piece of lining fabric, right sides together.

Layer the label with a piece of lining fabric.

Square everything up to the desired size.

Square everything up to the desired size.

Join the label and lining with a quarter-inch seam all the way around, pinning as needed. Trim small triangles off the corners to reduce bulk.

Join thel abel and lining with a seam all the way around.

Carefully cut a slit one or two inches long in the lining.

Cut a slit one or two inches long.

Turn the label right sides out through the slit.

Turn the label right sides out through the slit.

Gently push out the corners with an awl or pointed tool.

Gently push out the corners with a pointed tool.

Press the label flat and sew it to the quilt back with a blind stitch.

Press the label flat and sew it to the quilt back.

Easy peasy!

More posts to expand your quilting skills:

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