Friday, June 28, 2013

Making a Pocket Quilt Label from a Handkerchief

I still had to put a label on my quilt "Saint Francis Preaches to the Birds" before mailing it to the Sacred Threads show.  I like to use doilies and other linens as labels, and this time I decided to try using a handkerchief.  Iron your hankie really well, fold it into quarters, press,  and trim to the desired size plus 1/4  inch all around. 

  Take one of the blank squares and your fancy square an iron them to squares of freezer paper slightly larger than your fabric.

  You can practice your word placement on the blank square,

And then write your text (using a permanent marker or gel pen) on the square you intend for your finished label.

Line up your label, right sides together with one blank leftover square.  I used both the leftover squares because this fabric was very thin. Sew together using a 1/4 inch seam all around, leaving an opening for turning.  Trim the corners.

Turn right sides out.  Poke out the corners, slip stitch the opening.

If you're lucky, your cat inspector will come by to check your work.

Slip stitch the label to your quilt.

Since this quilt is traveling, I left one side open to form a pocket.

I wrote my contact information on a card stock label that fits into the pocket.  I love these hand charms, and I sewed one on as an anchor for the string.


Magpie Sue said...

What a good idea to use the charm and tag! I'll have to remember that one.

Judy S. said...

What a fabulous idea! Great instructions also.

Debra Spincic said...


Sent mine off Wed--felt a little sad but excited to see the show in a few weeks.

Sharon Pope said...

I was looking for woven rag rug instructions and came across your blog, which I have enjoyed strolling through. So much beauty and inspiration here! I'm so glad I found you, and I will be back for sure. :)

Deborah McLaughlin said...

I like this idea for my niece's quilt. A little pocket for the tooth fairy when the time comes.