I have made my quilt labels a variety of ways and generally have felt that the result looked amateurish. However, I’ve now developed a method that I like, so here’s how.
First, I compose my labels in my word processing program and print them onto those fabric sheets prepared for a computer printer. These sheets are fairly expensive, so I wait until I have enough to fill a page. Gives me an excuse to procrastinate on labeling my quilts 😉
I like to frame each label with leftover binding from the quilt because I like the way it looks. That printer-ready fabric is very stiff, so the border makes the whole thing easier to sew to the quilt back.
There’s almost always enough left-over binding to frame the label. I start by ironing the binding open (yes, after having worked earlier to get it ironed into a nice fold). I then sew it to all 4 sides of the trimmed label with a 1/4 inch seam. I sew the binding to opposite sides of the label the press it out, away from the label. I then sew to the two remaining sides and press them out.
After framing the label with the binding, I attach it as I would have done without the frame. That is, I turn under 1/4 inch on each side of the frame and sew the label to the back of the quilt by hand. I think having the label framed with the same fabric used to bind the quilt gives it a nice finishing touch.
Give it a try and let me know what you think!