Documenting Projects with Labels

Whether it is a pillow, wall hanging, table runner or quilt, add a label. But what should you include?

Why Label Quilts & Projects? 

Picture of machine appliqued jungle animals on quilt at Sew Inspired by Bonnie

Jungle Buddies

We may not think about how long some of the items that we make will last, but it is important to document your works of heart.

Picture of tree skirt with embroidered Vintage Deer and Painted Poinsettias on it at Sew Inspired by Bonnie

Vintage Deer
Painted Poinsettias

Thankfully, many of our ancestors did label their quilts, giving us great insight into our history.  

Picture of a machine embroidered sea horse on a beach tote by Sew Inspired by Bonnie

Sea Buddies

Don't forget about other projects that can easily become heirlooms, like picture books and totes.

Anatomy of a Label 

Picture of machine appliqued car using in-the-hoop technique from Sew Inspired by Bonnie

Car Buddies ITH Book

To preserve the legacy of the piece, here are a few of the things you should include on your label:

  • The name of the project.
  • The reason it was made – birthday, wedding, holiday?
  • The person who pieced/embroidered the item.
  • The person who quilted the piece.
  • Date and place it was completed.
  • Fabric and batting content.
  • Size. Other details to add:
    • Age of the maker.
    • Techniques used.
    • Fabric line and designer.
    • Cost to make or purchase.
    • Appraisal value.
    • Signature of the maker.
    • A personal message. 
Picture of a machine embroidered pillow with parachute and airplane from Sew Inspired by Bonnie

Chutes and Letters
Airplane Adventures

Originally, labels would have been hand embroidered. With today’s embroidery machines, we can easily stitch them.

Picture of machine emboridered snowman on a canister cover at Sew Inspired by Bonnie

Snow Buddies

Labels can be easily created on fabric scraps and stitched or appliqued using small fonts.

  • Use a light coordinating color fabric so that it is easy to read.
  • Use a small font that is clean and easy to read.
  • Use a small needle (60-65) and thin thread (65 wt.)
  • Make it square and choose an applique shape that complements your project.
Feathered Flowers 

How do you label your quilts and projects?

Debbie Henry
Sew Inspired by Bonnie

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  • Debbie Henry - January 17, 2023

    Glad it was helpful, Debbie!

  • Debbie Henry - January 17, 2023

    Thanks, WillieMae!

  • WillieMae Charles - January 16, 2023

    Good idea! I like.

  • Debbie Kober - January 16, 2023

    This blog is perfect timing! I am just about done finishing a quilt and want to put a label on the back. I have an idea of what I want listed, but I wasn’t sure of the font size to use and what thread. Thank you for posting this!!

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