DIY Professional Quilt Labels

If you've been wanting to make professional quilt labels from the comfort of your home, this is for you. In a matter of an hour, you will have color-fast printed labels to stitch onto backings or into bindings! My favorite part about this version is that I don't have to rely on my hand-writing; I can design my labels with real fonts, which lends a crisp and professional look to the labels.

Supplies:

  • freezer paper
  • fabric
  • computer + inkjet printer with black ink
  • rotary cutter + cutting board

Step One: Design and Test Print

Design your labels and test print them on a piece of printer paper. Test printing is a good idea so that you catch mistakes before it is on your fabric! The design must be in black for it to be wash-fast.

You have options here: I like to fold my labels in half and sew them into the binding, so I leave a large portion blank below each label for the back. I also like to print cut lines, so that is is easy to trim the labels to the correct size. You can also print something on this side if you want! Or you can print labels that will remain flat and are stitched onto the backing. The sky is the limit.

Step Two: Cut

Cut freezer paper to 8.5" x 11"

Step Three: Iron

Iron your freezer paper to the back of the fabric you would like to print your labels onto. Give yourself a small margin of fabric around the edge of the paper. You want a warm dry iron (around the wool setting).

Step Four: Trim

Trim the fabric to the edge of the freezer paper. If you iron on the freezer paper before trimming, it minimizes fraying of the fabric which could jam up your printer.

Step Five: Print!

Run your freezer-paper-fabric combo through you inkjet printer just like a normal sheet of paper. Make sure you are printing on the fabric side!

Step Six: Peel and Heat-set

Peel the freezer paper off the back of your fabric and heat-set the black ink for washfastness. Simply press with a hot dry iron for ~30 seconds.

Step Seven: Cut

Cut out your labels!

Step Eight: Fold

(optional)

This step is optional depending on whether you are folding your labels or not, but I press mine in half.

Step Nine: Fray Check

Fray check the edge of your labels to avoid nasty fringes and fraying through the lifetime of the label.

And voila! You have made professional quilt labels from the comfort of your home for a fraction of the cost of ordering them from a company!

NOTE: DO NOT DO THIS WITH A LASER PRINTER.

THE FREEZER PAPER WILL MELT AND RUIN YOUR PRINTER.

DIY Quilt Labels | Make Your Own Professional Labels with Just a Printer and Freezer Paper

Special thanks to my mom who took all the photos for me and has made me my quilt labels the past two years. She is truly amazing.

No-Sew Modern Hexies

You know he's a keeper when he asks if he can pick your next project because he's been following some quilters on Instagram. Yep. That's exactly how it went. Brent has been following Modern Handcraft for several weeks now, and he is all about her hexie quilts. They are pretty awesome.

modern mint and coral no-sew hexies and tutorial | by Lovely and Enough

The thing is, I'm not into hand-sewing. It's not that I don't like it, but I like going faster than that. So, I decided if I was going to do hexies, I would do them "no sew." If you're just like me and don't like the hand-sewing but love the hexies, this is for you!

Supplies

fabric scraps

paper

printer

basting spray

starch

mini clothespins

(or other, be creative!)

mini clothespins for no-sew hexies and many other adorable uses | Lovely and Enough

1. Choose the size hexies you want.

Mine are about 1 1/4" flat side to flat side.

2. Print your template.

 And cut them out.

Here are some free hexie templates, but I bet you can find more with a simple web search. (Or if you're feeling adventurous, whip up a template yourself for some Adobe Illustrator practice.) Print onto cardstock if you have it. If you don't you can always print onto normal paper and iron a piece of freezer paper to the back for extra stability. (You can also purchase them pre-cut many different places online.)

modern no-sew hexies tutorial | by Lovely and Enough

3. Cut scraps of fabric. 

Aim for at least a quarter inch larger than the template on each side. I did about a half inch. And no need for it to be perfect; I just cut squares.

4. Spray on starch. 

Line them all up on your ironing board and starch as directed. If you don't do the starch before the basting spray, the scraps fly all over the place...

5. Lightly spray with basting spray.

Then stick a template to the middle of each one. If you're worried about your aim or your ironing board, pop a piece of paper or something beneath your hexies before you start.

6. Start folding!

Pick up a hexie and simply start folding the edges over tight against the template. The basting spray helps the fabric stick to the both template and itself. Work your way around the edge. The more care you take here, the crisper your corners! Depending on how big your scrap was, you might have to trim the last piece you fold over. I just clipped a chunk off of a couple, very precise-like.

7. Now for pinning.

 Clothespin-ing that is! Clip a little clothespin on the last fold. If your fabric is thicker, you might need two or three clothespins. Feel it out, but the fewer the clothespins, the easier to iron in the next step. I bet you could also use paper clips, binder clips, hair clips...be creative!

modern no-sew hexies tutorial in mint, peach, and coral | by Lovely and Enough

8. Spritz and press.

Spray a little extra starch onto each hexie and press it with a hot steaming iron. I found it best not to spray the starch onto too many at a time because it loosens them up, and you don't want to give the hexie a long time to relax and blossom before you can press it into submission and crispness. It may go without saying, but edge the iron onto half of your hexie and then unclip the clothespin before really hitting the hexie with a hot iron and a lot of steam.

9. Pull your papers out and voila!

Carefully unfold your last two folds and slip the template out. Don't worry; it may take a little tug due to the basting spray. Then you can press it again for good measure if you'd like. And ta da! No-sew hexie ready for use!

Once you have your little pile, you can head over the Modern Handcraft and see how she "no hand-sews" her hexies to quilts! I've already got mine sewn onto a quilt that I will share later this week!

Don't love hand sewing but love hexies? This tutorial is for you! Just grab your basting spray and starch and get ready for the hexie fun to begin!

Simple Screen Printing

Today was an adventure.

I read a tutorial by Lotta Jansdotter about screen printing fabric with simple supplies and picked up the needed supplies last night and. So, after church today, I set out to print my own fabric. During the sermon, I had doodled Jerusalem crosses, the details on the organ, and the patterns on the lights hanging from the ceiling. Once home, I sketched a little more and vectorized some of the patterns in Adobe Illustrator. The first pattern seemed more suited to block printing, so I switched directions and went for teetering rows of semi-circles.

Here is a simple tutorial:

Materials
organza
embroidery hoop
acrylic paint
fabric medium
masking tape
paper or acetate

First, I stretched the organza across the hoop and masking taped it to the edges.


Next, I printed out the drunken circles and made a template. The paper ripped at the little spots between the semi-circles, so I put a layer of masking tape across the back. 




Once they were cut out, I taped the template to the organza. After the time intensive template cutting, I realized why Lotta used acetate instead of paper. That way you can easily rinse it off and re-use it. 



After creating my screen, I thinned some white acrylic paint and tried out my new stencil on gray paper. I scientifically globbed the paint onto the bottom edge and squeegeed it up to the top with an old student ID. Each try was more successful than the last. Tips: Only squeegee across once. Keep the ID at a 30˙ angle with the screen. Make your template small enough so as to easily squeegee in one stroke.


Then it was time for the fabric. I wrapped one of my handy dandy design boards in a grocery bag as a padded surface to stamp on, laid out the fabric under my hoop, and went to town. I printed a fat quarter, and learned something each time I printed it.




As you can see, my stencil is a little too tall to squeegee evenly to the top, and slightly wider than my student-ID. However, I have now printed my first fabric design, and I am über excited to try again!