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    I tried to save money by making my own fabric quilt label using freezer paper and it will work, I can't get it to feed through my ink jet printer. It gets caught around the spools....etc every time I have done everything as the directions say and yes I do have it secured, so I don't know what I am doing wrong. Does this method REALLY work for any of you or what do you do? I do not have a embroidery machine so I make my labels on the computer with expensive printable fabric sheets. I think I will just go back to using "print and stick" fabric sheets. But then that is another question...which kind or brand actually works the best without spending so much on trying everything. Being new to quilting sure is humbling:-(
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    sorry that's happening to you :( i've not had that problem, so i don't have an answer

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    You could do some hand embroidery and a permanent marking pin for your lettering.

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    You said you do have it secure but just to be sure make sure:
    1. that there are no threads anywhere on the edges.
    2. don't start at the edge of the paper put your fabric back a bit from the edge so the paper hits the feeders first.
    3. make sure your paper is flat and straight. If it just got pulled from the roll it will curl when it goes in even if it seems flat. (stack books on it overnight to flatten.
    4. try running a plain paper first then the freezer right behind it that way it doesn't have time to think. LOL

    Hope you figure it out.

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    Nancy, what do you do, or how do you do it, what are your steps?
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    Brenda,
    I do have the fabric all the way to the edge, never thought of not doing that, I'll bet that is the problem. Does it work for you every time?
    peggy

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    Maybe there is a tut on this board that will help. I would like to make my own labels also.

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    I use cotton fabric on paper backing to make my labels after designing them in Powerpoint. I usually create 2 or 3 at a time within an 8 X 11 space, so I only use one sheet in the printer for all. The fabric sheets can be expensive but they are easy, legible, and clean looking. After I print, I soak overnight in cold water, set the ink and take out wrinkles with a hot iron the next day; cut around each label leaving about 1/4 to 1/2 inch seam allowance. Then I applique the label onto the back of the quilt. Sometimes, I use wonder-under to secure the label in place and help it lay flat. I have not tried the freezer paper method.

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    I use cotton fabric on paper backing to make my labels after designing them in Powerpoint. I usually create 2 or 3 at a time within an 8 X 11 space, so I only use one sheet in the printer for all. The fabric sheets can be expensive but they are easy, legible, and clean looking. After I print, I soak overnight in cold water, set the ink and take out wrinkles with a hot iron the next day; cut around each label leaving about 1/4 to 1/2 inch seam allowance. Then I applique the label onto the back of the quilt. Sometimes, I use wonder-under to secure the label in place and help it lay flat. I have not tried the freezer paper method.

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    Ooops...sorry about the duplicate post!

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    This is what I do. I take a sheet of typing paper and
    spray it with basting spray and apply a sheet of
    material the same size and carefully lay the material
    on the sheet of typing paper, make sure the very
    bottom of the two items are secure. Then I find a
    label on line that I like and print it out on the fabric
    and paper that I inserted in my printer. Then I take
    a permanent marker and write whatever I want on it.
    very inexpensive.

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    I have been wondering about these printed labels as well. I have read on here about printing photos on fabric and no matter what you do, they eventually wash out/ fade away. How would this not be different for the printed quilt labels? I would love to find yardage of fabric labels, just like you can buy regular printed fabric on rolls. Any ideas or info where you can get these type?

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    Just-Lee,
    There are labels sold by the yard at fabric stores online. Just do a search on Google, etc. Good Luck.

    I have a book with patterns and examples. Never have used it, though. On my to-do list, LOL.

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    Thanks mama! :) I will try searching again...

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    I print what I want the label to say on the freezer paper, mirror image. Then I ron it on the back of the fabric that I want to use for the label. I use my light box and trace the message with a pencil and then finish it with fabric paint markers. Works wonderful and seems to last much longer than the ink jet printer ink ones.

    Here is Sarah Grace's label on my last finished quilt. Very easy to do and I can pick what every font and size I want. I have even done more elaborate labels with pictures and things the same way. HTH
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    That's great, Jane, thanks!

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    have you washed your labels yet? Do they bleed or does the ink stay put. I figured out my problem. I was going all the way to the edge with the fabric. I need to let the paper feed first so I have a margin around the paper and it worked fine.
    peggy

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    Quote Originally Posted by peggy463
    have you washed your labels yet? Do they bleed or does the ink stay put. I figured out my problem. I was going all the way to the edge with the fabric. I need to let the paper feed first so I have a margin around the paper and it worked fine.
    peggy
    That picture of Sarah Grace's label is after being washed twice. You need to make sure that you 'set' the fabric paint. I usually paint it and let it cure overnight and then I press it on the reverse side with a hot iron. I have done this for years and the paint doesn't seem to fade. In July I saw three quilts that I had made 8+ years ago and all of the labels where as crisp and clean as when I made them. HTH

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    I like that..."it won't have the time to think". I am always trying to outsmart my printer. ;)

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    I prepare my fabric, like a yard at a time, in Jet SEt or Bubble jet (my old, poor brain can't recall right now the real name). To use it, I iron a piece about 9x12 onto freezer paper then trim to 8-1/2x11 with a sharp rotary cutter. I've been doing this literally for decades (well, 2) and haven't ever had a problem.

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    Thank you for all the wonderful advice

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