Label Your Quilts! A Tutorial

*****For this tutorial you will need to have a computerized sewing machine that is capable of doing a monogram. (Added Note: my machine is not an embroidery machine, it is a fancy quilting machine – Janome Horizon 7700)*****

I would like to start off by giving the person who taught me this method full credit, my mom, Michele Ward. She has been binding her quilts like this for as long as I can remember (she has had her current sewing machine for 20 years and it was state of the art when she bought it). Now that I have done a quilt label with this method, I am now out of excuses for not labeling my quilts and you will be too!

So to start off you will need to make your binding, I do not do a bias binding, I do a straight binding. 2.5″ strips sewn together, then folded in half and pressed.

Next you will need to program your monogram. As each machine is different I highly suggest consulting your owner’s manual if it is the first time using this feature on your machine. My manual failed to mention the max character limit and I had to do my label in two different sets.

You are ready to sew your monogram, I would also suggest that you practice this on a scrap piece of fabric cut to 2.5 inches and folded as you would fold your binding strips. This will tell you exactly where to align your fabric. My fabric is placed with the fold up against the right hand side of the foot. (see picture below)

Once your binding is monogrammed you are ready to attach the binding to the quilt.

Number one hint when attaching the binding to the quilt is to make sure that the binding is facing down toward the quilt when you attach it and also make sure that you will not hit a corner when attaching it because that will ruin the label and make it impossible to read. This just takes some simple looking ahead.

Once your binding is attached to the front of your quilt, you can now choose to hand sew it down or you can machine stitch it down (this is my preferred method because of my RA – handwork is not my friend).

Here is another close up of the stitching. This binding should last the lifetime of the quilt and the nice thing is that you do not need to worry about it washing out.

My mom uses this method on all of her quilts. For baby quilts she records the baby’s name, birth date and weight. For other quilts she says who made it, who it was made for and usually a special message.

I hope you find this helpful, especially everyone who is like me and never finds the time to label. If it is part of our binding routine perhaps it will become more routine!

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20 Responses to Label Your Quilts! A Tutorial

  1. Kristy says:

    Melissa, that is so pretty! Love the special touch it adds. MUST get an embroidery machine! 🙂

  2. Lee Ann L. says:

    Oh my goodness! I love this idea!!!!

  3. Sharon says:

    What an absolutely fantastic idea! I usually have good intentions of embroidering my name and date on my finished quilts, but I admit I am not good about it… I get too excited to start my next project.

  4. Becky says:

    Love it!

  5. Lisa L. says:

    Wonderful method! Wish I had a machine that could do this! 🙂

  6. Great idea! I’m going to do this very soon.

  7. Terry says:

    What a great idea…love it!!! Thanks to your Mom, and you, for sharing 🙂

  8. Nancy Angerer says:

    Thanks for the lesson. It was one of those “why didn’t I think of that?” moments as I was reading. I definitely want to try it on my next quilt. Thanks again.

  9. Suz says:

    What a brilliant idea! I can’t wait to try it!

  10. MammaNene says:

    It’s fantastic!!! I don’t own a fancy machine like you and I’m envying you atm… 🙁

  11. Michele says:

    I am so happy Melissa shared my technique for labeling my quilts. It is really easy and fun.

  12. Judy says:

    That is an excellent idea!

  13. Susan says:

    My machine has two alphabets, so I could do this. Better than the Pigma pen version. =)

  14. Dawn says:

    Well you know I love this idea. Have been using it ever since you told me about it. I think it’s terrific because it is not only easy but it will never come loose and get lost. Thank you for sharing it with me all those many months ago.

  15. Connie says:

    What a great idea Melissa! I am guilty of being one of those quilters who doesn’t label. I’m going to have to try this, thanks!

  16. Jeifner says:

    This seems so logical, what a good idea!

  17. Mishka says:

    What a great idea .. I haven’t tried the monogram on my machine yet!

  18. What a fabulous idea! Thanks for sharing it with us.

  19. Jeannie says:

    Thanks so much for the tutorial. I have been looking for ideas of making label. I will definitely try your method.
    I too have RA and have machine bind a couple of quilts which I find it so much easier on my hands. However, I did struggle sewing neatly at the back.

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