Sunday, September 26, 2010


Yesterday I spent the day in the car so it was no stitching or reading, so I put my thinking cap on instead and was wondering how I could make up a bulk label strip, that I could use and cut when required.  I thought I would share this idea with other stitchers if you havent already thought of it.  I think it  is nice to personalise what you make whether it is just for a date of when you made it, or if it a small gift for someone.  Usually I rumage around the sewing box and fiddle with small bits of material to sew in as a label.

so.... I have come up with the following which will certaily save some time and be "easy access":

All you need is:
*  1 x Bias tape maker - the 3/4" is wider and is a nice size *
*  Fusible Web - ideally one to fit the Bias maker - I used the 10mm width
*  Calico or plain material that you want to use as your label material.
(*Note:  you can get bias makers that dont have the fusible web feed - obviously if you had one of     
  these you wouldnt need the fusible web, but I find  if you were going to invest in one, then  the one
  that has the fusible web  feed  handy as it sticks down  when ironed in place)

    Using the 3/4" maker, you will need to cut your strip of material 1.5"
Feed the plain material through the back of the bias maker and at the same time
put the fusible web sitcky side facing down and just run the iron along the bias strip.

Feed all the way to the end of the strip, then roll up until ready to use - so simple!!!

You now have your label strip ready to use when you next finish a small project.

Cut off lengh you require - remove the sticky strip
fold in half and iron, the stitck centre will hold it in place

Sew into your item with the raw edges facing in
and just hand topstitch the sides
It is now ready to write on.
I use a Micron fine 01pigma pen

Alternatively if you are sewing something that doesnt need to be tucked in the seam,
just cut a strip to the length you need,

tuck in the ends and handstitch your label onto your piece.

Let me know your thoughts and how you put labels on the smaller things .  Would love to here from you.


Roseanne said...

What a great idea. Thanks for share your idea with us.

Allie said...

You are so smart - this is great! I usually don't label small items, or just write on them with pigma pen. I like your idea better!

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Way to go Dawnie....awesome tutorial, fantastic idea...

Anonymous said...

I have no creativity when it comes to labels.... I've bought sewn ones before... This is a gr8 idea.

Country Log Cabin Quilter said...

Looks like a good idea! I think I have one of those bias tape makers, but it might be smaller. I'll have to check. This definitely might be something I can use. Thanks!

Mama Spark said...

I love this idea but am slightly confused by your folding and sewing. Are you folding the piece in half length wise or width wise? For example when you make binding you press in half along the length. I'm sure I am just missing something. I can be a little obtuse sometimes, LOL. Brilliant idea and I will use it once I figure out how!!

Angels Come to Play said...

What a gr8 idea Dawnie I will have to go and find my bias maker now,or maybe this isan excuse to take myself off to the quilting shop...thanks for sharing.

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