Thursday, October 27, 2011

Snagging a Label

I've said that I don't applique.  I really don't - except for quilt labels.  However, I have a little trick.  This method: 
  1. Secures the label in the binding (so no nefarious persons can remove it) 
  2. Hides the seam allowance of the label so you don't see its shadow from the front
  3. You only have to hand stitch 2 sides.

Here's my label - love it!  Notice I added sashing, pressing the seams to the outside.  If you applique the label down without sashing, then you will see the shadow of the seam allowance through the light fabric.

Since I'm adding my label to the lower right corner, I pressed back my 1/4" seam allowance on the upper and left sides of the label.

Align label to lower right of quilt back.  Pin in place, and then sew on the binding.  Notice the stitching on the right and bottom - the label has been "caught" in the binding and is secure.

Applique the top and left side down.  Fold the binding back, and stitch binding down on all 4 sides of the quilt.
Easy trick but very effective.

Happy Stitching!


  1. I do the same with my quilt labels. It's such a great idea!

  2. Such a nifty-neat idea! Thanks for sharing, Hugs

  3. lovely label.............good idea putting it into the binding.............

  4. Love it! I need to catch mine in the binding too, since I always get it just a little bit crooked. For Kaaren's quilts, I used a glue stick instead of pins to hold it in place - I was amazed at how well it worked!


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