Spoonflower Quilt Labels – Wanna Join the Fun?

SHG spoonflower quilt label

© Copyright, J C Excell 2011

I’m so excited! I got my Spoonflower quilt labels the other day and forgot to post it! They’re quite large, but I wanted them that way so I’m okay with that. Spoonflower was easy, quick and cheap.

Why should you spend real money on labels? Why should you even bother using labels at all? Well, I’ve got some reasons right here in my back pocket:

  • You know you made this quilt, when, who it’s for, how you made it, where you made it. But 80 years from now your grandchildren will be looking at it going, ‘Which grandma made this? I wonder why?’ 
  • You know how people flock to buy sweatshirts that say ‘Hollister’ on them? Surprisingly, people feel that way about labels on handmade goods too. (One time I had 2 cosmetic bags for sale on a table. I sold the one with my label even though it was smaller than the lady actually wanted. She told me it was because of the label. Go figure.)
  • You should be piecing your quilt tags right into the back of the quilt. That way no one can remove it, whether by accident, wear or malicious intention, without basically ruining the quilt. Which means no one can turn around and claim that they made the quilt and not you. Yes, there are people like that.

If you’re interested in making your own, read Julie of Jaybird Quilts’ Spoonflower Labels post #1, then read #2 and get the free templates. VERY IMPORTANT: Make sure you leave room for a seam allowance – see how close my web address is to the bottom? I screwed up big time and didn’t take SA into account, so instead of having 60+ labels, I have about 15 because I have to cut into the others in order to get a seam allowance.

I didn’t read both posts all the way through before I started designing. So please do read them both. And if you’re still confused, leave me a comment saying you’d like me to do a detailed tutorial on how to design them.

SHG spoonflower quilt labels

© Copyright, J C Excell 2011

But overall I’m happy, and I’ve already designed my next ones, which have a very generous SA. And there’s still plenty of room to write particulars using my Micron pen.

See? Plenty of room! Although I’m tempted to put ‘Southampton, UK’ somewhere in there. What do you think? Shall I just write my location in when I write everything else?

Oh happy Thursday! Only one more day till the weekend!


© J C Excell, 2011

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12 Responses to Spoonflower Quilt Labels – Wanna Join the Fun?

  1. Rae says:

    I’ve got name tapes a la Cash’s style which do fine on my smaller pieces but I’ve been wanting labels this size for quite a while now… thank you so much!

  2. How cool is that?! I went to visit Spoonflower just a couple weeks ago (http://www.lesbonnesideesmag.com/nouveau/of-fieldtrips-and-fancies/) and I must say, that place is wonderful! I plan on telling my mother-in-law about your label idea. She’s made so many quilts, this would be perfect…thank you for sharing. Cheers!

  3. Thank you – very helpful. Off to play!

  4. Kris Garst says:

    That’s an excellent idea! I’ve played around with a few fabric designs on Spoonflower, but I like the idea of using it for labels- much easier to have them ready in bulk, a yard at a time!

  5. What a fantastic idea! I never would have thought to do it this way, so I’m glad you posted about it! :) I pinned it to my Pinterest board so I could reference your post later: http://pinterest.com/iftoyscouldtalk/pins/

  6. Pomona says:

    Lovely labels – and I can see that your new design is better. I think that Southampton, England, would be better? Sounds more handmade and less manufactured somehow! And don’t forget the year for future textile scholars …

    Pomona x

  7. H2Ogirl says:

    I may have you proof my labels; once I dream up what I may want for them. Great post!

  8. Bonnie says:

    Those look fantastic! I never thought about using spoonflower for labels. Great idea!

  9. What a great idea! Do you think these would work for little clothing labels too? Off to have a play around!

  10. Phoebe says:

    You might want to order a swatch (8x8inches) first and do a washing test on it. If your quilt is going to be one that’s used a lot, make sure you tack the swatch to something and wash it a lot (say, 20 times) to get an idea of how it might wear. Using Micron pens or fabric pens directly on fabric might wear longer.

  11. That is brilliant. And so much faster and more practical than printing one at a time on photo tranfer paper. Not to mention easier to sew!

  12. Dawn says:

    These labels are a great idea! I’ve never seen one actually sewed into the back by seam before and it’s truly awesome and clever! And yes, be sure you put where the quilt was made. It’s like the rest of the info. …..important. What if some one has one of your quilts 30 yrs from now and can see who made it but not where it came from? That would be sad because quilts are like people, everyone wants to know where they originated. Who they were made for, by whom, when and and if it was for a special occasion are all important info. Sadly I found an old, old, old quilt in an box of my then teenage son’s belongings. It was covered with mud because he and his friends had been using it for camping. (egads!!!) I washed it and discovered under the muck was a fully handpieced and handquilted full size bed quilt. It is torn in a three or four places and a couple of the blocks are coming apart but I can’t help but be sad thinking that if it had a label I might be able to find the family that could be missing this lovely family heirloom. So, I will continue to let it live out the rest of it’s life on my quilt stand and wonder each day as I pass by it who was the person that so lovingly stitched this gem of a blanket and wish I could return it to them.




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