Most often, I have labeled my quilts using a sew-in tag with my LULU~BLOOM moniker. In addition to using the sew-in tag, I have also tried machine letter-stitches, hand writing with a fabric pen, and hand embroidery on a pre-printed label. For awhile I have felt like this is not enough but I could not think of a better (and easy) solution.
I thought about creating a label design and printing through Spoonflower, but I wanted a label solution with more flexibility than that.
I looked online to see what others are doing (there is even a flickr grouped dedicated to quilt labels) and I saw a label that I really liked. Rachel (2ndAveStudio) uses a stamp to create her label which got me thinking that stamping would be a good method for me. Then I saw this label on flickr that incorporated care label icons. With those two labels as inspiration, I set about to create a label design that would best work for me.
I spent a little time in Illustrator to create my designs then uploaded those files to Simon’s Stamps on Sunday night. By Thursday afternoon I had my custom stamps in hand. That turn around time is really impressive when you consider that Simon’s Stamps is in Massachusetts and I am in Texas, and the package was sent USPS First Class Mail and not even Priority. The stamps are very economical too; it was less than $25 for two custom stamps, including shipping.
To give me some flexibility, I decided to make two stamps. One with the “made by” information and the other with the care instructions. The recipient and date information will be handwritten with a fabric pen.
I want my labels to blend into the quilt, so I will stamp on fabric that coordinates with the quilt and then piece it into the back. I bought a few different colors of fabric ink to see what would work best on a variety of fabric.
After testing the different inks and on different fabrics (and washing the fabric to see if it really is permanent), I am going to use VersaCraft (Real Black, Chocolate) and VersaMagic (Cloud White) inks. I ordered mine here. FYI: The ink manufacturer‘s directions say to prewash the fabric to remove sizing and then heat set the ink with an iron.
I think these labels are going to be a great solution for me and I look forward to seeing them worked into a finished quilt.
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I am not sure why I feel the need to be so longwinded just to show you my new quilt labels. I find that ironic because I really struggle to turn my thoughts into words.