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    This is a great tute - I was wondering how to do this - I did look at the labels in Joann's but decided they were too expensive. Thank you.

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    Thanks Alikat -- I have only used the Printed Treasures method so am anxious to give this a try. Thanks for a great tutorial.

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    I thought I needed to buy a new sewing machine that will do embroidery. I am anxious to try this as I want to use my stash and kits before thinking about investing in a new machine. THANK YOU! Can't wait to try.

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    Thank you, Ali. Guess it will be after Easter before I can try paint stik. We'll see what happens. I appreciate the suggestions.




    You might want to try a paint stix. Put some of the paint stix on another piece of freezer paper and then use a small paintbrush - toothpick possibly - and paint over the extended portion of the h. Or you could use acryllic fabric paint. It might be possible to create a design into the label with the paint and then remember to follow directions for the drying and heat setting of the paint.

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    I bought the pkg of fabric for the printer only to find that it is not washable!!! Boy was I disppointed. Don't remember name of stuff but it was pricey.

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    Thank you Alice. Love the verse also. Your tutorial is great! :-D

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    Quote Originally Posted by AliKat
    Making Your Own Quilt Labels


    Use 100% cotton, usually tone on tone or otherwise some lighter color. Though darker fabrics and lighter print colors can used if desired. Personally, I prefer the lighter background fabric and either black, brown, or colored ink.

    Wash the fabric without softener, using only plain unscented no bleach detergent – Arm & Hammer. You can even dry the material in the clothes dryer. Again, no softener or dryer sheets!

    While this is going on cut freezer paper to the size you want to use. Generally I cut a 8 ½ x 11 ½+ sheet. Yes, that is a bit over 11 ½ long so the leading edge can be trimmed [I’ll explain further on.]

    Iron the fabric without any additives such as starch, sizing, Best Press, or other such product. This is vital to the integrity of the finished label. The printer ink will not ‘take’ if there are additives used anywhere in the preparation of the fabric!

    Cut the washed, dried, and ironed fabric to the desired size. Then iron the label fabric onto freezer paper with the wrong side of the fabric onto the shiny side of the freezer paper. After ironing these two together, let them cool, then trim what will become the leading edge of the fabric/paper with a rotary cutter so it is straight and @ a 90 degree angle to the sides. This eliminates any loose threads going into the printer. Now iron this edge again to make sure it is secure.

    Now compose the label on the computer. I use the WORD program on my computer but could just as easily use one of the greeting card programs instead. The font style, font size, and font color can be adjusted to my liking here. If there is to be a scanned design, as from the fabric or a picture, paste the scanned item into the word document being created. Remember to have blank space for seam allowances for sewing the label onto the quilt later. Print out the label on regular printer paper to check for errors or see if anything should be changed. If you are going to have a smaller label you might want to pencil in the area you will use to make sure the printing goes onto the correct placement on the paper, before printing on the fabric/freezer paper combination. Check for those seam allowances. I like more than ¼”seam allowances for my labels. Remember you can choose the orientation of the printing: portrait or landscape.

    Before printing the actual label go to the printer preferences on your computer. DO NOT use the Best quality for this project as it allows too much ink to be used and can smear the end result. I usually use the next level below the best quality.

    Insert the fabric/freezer paper so that the printing will be on the fabric side. The “leading edge” is the edge of this combination to go through the printer first.

    Iron the finished product to set the ink. Keep the freezer paper on the label til ready for use. When ready to use the label remove the freezer paper and proceed as you normally would.

    Remember you can make sayings, poems, or other things on your label. The label can become a design element and be sewed into your backing in any manner you desire. You can frame it with small blocks mimicking the front or frame it with Broderie Persed fabric [that is a form of appliqué that follows the design of the fabric.] See below.


    I have literally made thousands of labels as I make them for one of my quilting groups for our charity quilts. When I make a lot I request someone else do the washing and ironing of the material. Then a close friend and I cut out the material and the freezer paper at our homes and get together to do the ironing, trimming, and printing. We also iron after the printing to set the ink.

    I know my picture is less than desired but hope it helps.

    Some printer stores will let you use their printers. Check first before you go as some won’t allow this.

    Of course you can always buy the sheets of prepared fabric for printers. Just costs more ... does take less time ... and you can't choose your own fabric with store bought printer prepared sheets.

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    Thanks for the great tutorial, will definately book mark this one.

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    Thanks for sharing this. I tried one other tutorial. They suggested putting Elmers glue between fabric and freezer paper. I had so much trouble trying to print as it got caught every time. Then too, I didn't know I needed to wash and iron fabric first. So I will try again. Thanks much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RUSewing
    Question: This may sound dumb, but do these wash well?
    I did labels this way for several years UNTIL I found out from one of my giftees that washing gradually faded them. Now I go over the printing with Pigma pens.

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    Thanks! This is a GREAT idea!!

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    Thank You for the wonderful tutorial!! Very informative!

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    I made test labels and washed them several times in cold water. They held up well. I was using black ink. Now, I made a label with red ink in the icon on top and it runs with just a drop of water touching it. Tried fabric paint to clean it up and now have a mess.
    Will go back to printing in black only.
    Anyone else tried printing in colors. HP inkjet printer with HP ink???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crabby Patty
    Thank you so much for the tute. I have been wondering how to do this on my computer. This is a good thing for us on a fixed limited budget. Thanks again.
    My thoughts exactly. Thanks again, so much.

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    Thank you for sharing

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    Thanks. Good tute

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    Thanks so much. I always struggle with labels. :-)

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    Well, durn it - I didn't have much luck with this method. Washed and ironed fabric as per directions. Ironed onto freezer paper and trimmed top with rotary cutter but it still jammed up in the printer. I think I may try one more time and not make my fabric the full size of the paper but just in center of paper. Then use scotch tape on the part where fabric and paper meet and see if that will keep it from jamming. If that doesn't work, I am looking for pigma pens and will just write out my labels by hand. I have a Kodak printer. Wonder if another brand might do better???

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    thanks so much for the tute!! i might can make a label now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    I was intrigued and read your instructions, as I have also made my own quilt labels...I haven't used this method, so found it interesting! Thanks!

    You can also pretreat your fabrics with chemicals designed to make the inks adhere to your cotton fabrics, and is cheaper than buying fabric sheets in the quilt stores. The company that I buy from is listed below. http://www.cjenkinscompany.com/

    I like to scan a block from my quilt into my computer. I then can print it out in color on my pretreated label (fabric ironed to freezer paper, trimmed to size) and walla! I have a beautiful color block label.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rwquilts
    I was intrigued and read your instructions, as I have also made my own quilt labels...I haven't used this method, so found it interesting! Thanks!

    You can also pretreat your fabrics with chemicals designed to make the inks adhere to your cotton fabrics, and is cheaper than buying fabric sheets in the quilt stores. The company that I buy from is listed below. http://www.cjenkinscompany.com/

    I like to scan a block from my quilt into my computer. I then can print it out in color on my pretreated label (fabric ironed to freezer paper, trimmed to size) and walla! I have a beautiful color block label.

    Thanks for listing the above company website. I'm planning to purchase some soon.
    :)

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    RW, thanks. Now I know who to PM for help with scanning a photo ONTO my computer. Maybe you could just come over and help me since we are almost neighbors! :-D

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    Quote Originally Posted by SewExtreme
    RW, thanks. Now I know who to PM for help with scanning a photo ONTO my computer. Maybe you could just come over and help me since we are almost neighbors! :-D
    That's right! We are! Wouldn't it be nice to get together?

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    thank you so much.

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    This looks great. Can't wait to try it.

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    Sounds easy to do. Thanks for sharing.

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