Creating Labels for Embroidered Projects

You may not think of the things you make as an heirloom but, generations from now, someone will find one of your projects and wonder how old it is and who made it.


Whether it is a quilt, wall hanging, pillow, or tote, if you are making it, add a label. They don’t have to be the standard, run of the mill variety either. Add them on the back of quilts and other pieces or inside on linings of totes and pillows.


Labels are easy to make using fonts and applique designs. At the minimum, labels should include your name, the date it was completed, and the town/state where it was made. You can also add the name of the person for whom it was made, pattern name, and occasion (wedding, baby, etc.), if you like. You can get a lot of wording ideas from Pinterest.


These designs would be ideal for adults:



Heart Outline (a freebie!)               Lace Oval Applique

 Heart in Circle


These would be perfect for children:



Lion in Circle                    Whale Circle Applique                    Pearl Frame Applique


These could be incorporated into blocks of a quilt, wallhanging, or table runner:


Flower Stipple                               Sunbonnet Sue with Balloons


Fonts should be small but easy to read. Avoid heavy script fonts and keep sizes under .5 inches (6-7 mm). These are some good choices:

Faux Hand

Simply Pleasing


Programs like Alphabet Xpress and Embrilliance make it really easy to manipulate fonts when creating text for labels.

How do you label your pieces?

Debbie SewBlest

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