Thursday, August 20, 2015

Free Tutorial - You Are Here Mug Wrap

     Last year I participated in a Starbucks You Are Here mug swap on IG, and Jana (@megmormel) got me as her partner to send to.  It was really funny that out of all of the people in the swap she got me because we are friends, and belong to the same quilt guild.  She actually gave me my mug, and extras, at our guild meeting.  Anyway, she made a cute little mug wrap that went around my mug.  I ended up making a template based off of her wrap for a friend's gift mug later in the year, and thought that I would share the original one I drafted and a modified one with you.  I did check with Jana to make sure that she was okay with me sharing the pattern since I based it off of her wrap, and she said go for it.  Thank you Jana.

     There are two templates included in the free pdf pattern.  One has the angular ends, and the other has rounded ends.  Simple instructions are written at the bottom of the template page.  You can cut them off before cutting your templates if you need them.  The other thing I would suggest is printing your templates out on card stock if you plan on using them more than once.  One little nick into the paper with the rotary cutter (or scissors) and it will throw your pattern off a little.  The thicker paper also makes it easier to trace the edges of the curved template.



The pattern is available as a free pdf download at my Angela Tackett Designs Craftsy pattern store.

TIPS:
-  I lay my acrylic ruler over the top of my templates and cut with a rotary cutter.  When you get to the round edges you can trace with a pencil, chalk, or pen and then cut with scissors.

-  I also wanted to add another little tip for customizing your mug wrap.  You can make the wrap reversible by using a cute print on the inside, and when you start sewing the button on the outside you can sew a second button on the inside (at the same time) using the same stitches for both buttons.

I hope you enjoy this free pattern, and I would love to hear from you, and see the mug wraps that you make.  If you are on Instagram you can tag me @mystitchstory.

Have a wonderful creative day!
Angie







Friday, July 24, 2015

Free Tutorial Pieces of My Heart Mini Quilt and Pillow

I am thrilled to share the tutorial for the mini quilt I made in February 2013.  It hangs in my sewing room and it is one of my favorites.  It is a great way to use up those small scraps (1-1/2" and smaller) of fabric.  I have also included the instructions for making a pillow cover as well.

A free pdf download of the pattern is available in my Craftsy pattern store, Angela Tackett Designs .


Pattern #ATD-Q012

Pieces of My Heart

Finished Size:  Mini Quilt 18" x 19-1/2" and Pillow 18" x 18"
  

What you’ll need:

 Sewing machine 
 Thread for piecing and quilting
 Scissors
 Rotary cutter and mat
 Acrylic ruler for rotary cutting
 Fusible webbing or glue stick
 20” x 20” pillow form if making pillow
 Sixty-one 1-1/2” scrap squares 
 20” x 20” Background fabric 
 Batting: 22” x 22” for mini quilt,
                       20” x 20” for  pillow 
 Backing: 22” x 22” for mini quilt,
                         20” x 20” for pillow AND
                         two 14” x 18” for pillow back
 Binding if making mini quilt


 Please read through the instructions carefully before starting.

STEP ONE:  Preparing for Your Project

     - Cut sixty-one 1-1/2” squares of various scraps of fabric in the color scheme of your choice.

     - Cut background fabric 20” x 20”

     For Mini Quilt:

     - Cut one piece of batting 22” x 22”.

     - Cut backing fabric 22” x 22”

  
For Pillow:

     -Cut one piece of batting 20” x 20”

     -Cut two pieces of fabric for pillow back 14” x 18”


STEP TWO:  Preparing the Background Fabric

     -Fold your background fabric in half lengthwise and then widthwise to find the center of your fabric, or use a ruler to find the center. 

     -Mark a dot in the exact vertical/horizontal center of your fabric. 

     -Mark a 1-1/2” vertical line (¾” above and ¾” below the dot) with an erasable pen.  This line marks the vertical center of the Row 5 of your heart. 

     -Lastly, you will need to mark a 12” horizontal line that is 6” on each side of the bottom of the vertical line that you drew.  This will the bottom of the Row 5.


STEP THREE:  Sticking Your Fabric Squares to the Background Fabric

   Option 1: Using a glue stick

       -You can use a glue stick, or other washable fabric friendly glue, to stick each square down individually. 

       -Start with the two squares in the middle of the fifth row.  Place the fabric squares right up against each other so that the background fabric doesn’t show.  Use the horizontal line that you drew in the previous step to keep your row straight as you go across.

       -Continue to complete one row at a time working your way up and down from the 5th row.  Place each row close together to avoid the background showing between them.

   Option 2: Using a double sided pressure sensitive fusible web

     Why pressure sensitive and not iron on?  Pressure sensitive is going to save you time.  You can peel one side off, stick it to the back of your fabric, peel the other side off and stick your fabric square to your background.  You won’t have to iron it on to the fabric, and then iron the fabric onto the background.  Plus if you don’t like the placement of a square, you can pull it up and move it.  Please use whatever you have on hand though.  This is about trying to use up those small scraps.

You have two options for using the fusible web

        Option One: You can cut individual 1-1/2” squares from scraps of fusible web and do each square one at a time like you would with the glue in option 1.  This takes longer, but you can make sure that no sticky stuff is sticking out from around the fabric.  This is how I made the red heart on the mini quilt.

        Option Two:  You can cut strips for each row.  This is the method I used for the pink heart pillow.  It was really quick and easy.  The sizes for each strip are after the heart row diagram below.




Cutting instructions for fusible web by row.

Please note that the sheets that come in most pre-packaged fusible web are only 12” long, and two of the rows of your heart are longer than that.  You will have to add a piece to get the full length.  If your fusible web is on a roll you shouldn’t have this problem.

Row 1:  a:  1-1/2” x 4-1/2"     b: 1-1/2” x 4-1/2”

Row 2:  a:  1-1/2” x 6”             b: 1-1/2” x 6”

Row 3:  1-1/2” 15”

Row 4:  1-1/2” x 13-1/2”

Row 5:  1-1/2” x 12”

Row 6:  1-1/2” x 10-1/2”

Row 7:  1-1/2” x 9”

Row 8:  1-1/2” x 7-1/2”

Row 9:  1-1/2” x 3”


Starting with the Row 5:

     -Remove the backing fabric and place the fusible web along the horizontal line on the background fabric.  Press down with your fingers. 

      -Continue to place each row, up and down, until all of the fusible web strips are in place.


       -Carefully remove all of the papers from each row leaving only the fusible web on the background.


    -Starting with Row 9, place the two fabric squares.  I started at the bottom so that my hands, bracelets, etc. wouldn’t get stuck in the web and mess it up.


     -Next place the center square of Row 8 centered over the “seam” where the two squares in Row 9 meet vertically.  Finish Row 9.

     -You can continue up using the center out method, or you can start at one side and work to the other since your fusible web is cut to the correct length.  It is entirely up to you.

     -Continue with each row until the entire heart is filled in with fabric.


     -Press the fabric down with your fingers to make sure that all of it is in contact with the fusible web.  If there is any fusible web sticking out around the outer edges, you will want to carefully pull it off, or stick it under the fabric, now.

     -If you have used a fusible web that requires ironing to set it, take your top to the ironing board and press from the back side following the manufacturer’s instructions.  I press from the back in case I missed any fusible web that was sticking out.


STEP FOUR:  Make Your Quilt Sandwich and Quilt

For the Mini Quilt:

     -Place 22” x 22” backing wrong side up, place 22” x 22” batting on top, place quilt top right side (heart) up on top of batting.  Secure with pins.

     I did a zig zag stitch vertically between each square, and then did a zig zag stitch horizontally along the top and bottom of each row to secure the edges of my fabric.  I did matchstick quilting on the pillow top.  You should do some type of stitch that secures the edges of your squares.

     -Quilt as desired.

     -Square your quilted mini.  I squared mine to 18” tall and 19-1/2” wide because I didn’t want my mini to be a square.  Do what looks pleasing to your eye.

     -Bind in your preferred method.  I didn’t include measurements or instructions for binding because people have different ways of doing their binding, and like their binding in different widths.


For the pillow:

     -Place 20” x 20” lining/backing wrong side up, 20” x 20” batting on top, place pillow top right side up (heart) up on top of batting. Secure with pins.

     -Stitch around your squares.  I didn’t stitch all the way around my squares on the pillow.  I quilted the entire pillow top with horizontal lines about ¼” apart, and in the places where my quilted line wasn’t at the edge of the bottom/top of the row, I added another quilted line.

     -Quilt as desired, if you didn’t choose matchstick quilting.

     -Square pillow top to 18” x 18”.  

STEP FIVE:   Prepare the Pieces for the Pillow Back

     -Fold over ½” on the long side (18” wide) of one of the 14” x 18” pillow back pieces.  Press.


     -Fold the piece you just pressed over again (1/2”) and press.

     -Repeat for second 14” x 18” pillow back piece.

     -Sew close to the edge of the open side of the hem.  I sewed approximately 1/8” from the edge.  You don’t have to be exact here just make sure that you catch the edge and it won't come undone later.


STEP SIX:  Completing the Pillow

     -Place the quilted pillow top right side up (heart facing up) on the table.

     -Place one pillow back piece right side down on top of the pillow top.

 

      -Place the second pillow back piece on top of the pillow top and first pillow back piece.  Pin in place.


     The envelope style shown here is a quick easy way to get your pillow finished, and you may be wondering why I make the pillow back pieces so tall.   It is to create more of an overlap.  Have you ever made a pillow back and it gapes open after the pillow form is in?  Well I have, and it drives me bonkers.  The increase in overlap keeps your pillow back from gaping open, a lot of unhappy time with a seam ripper, and making a new back.  J

     -Sew ½” seam all the way around the outside of the pillow cover. 

     If you don’t have a ½” seam mark on your sewing machine plate, can’t see the mark, etc., you can use a piece of tape to make the line and make it easier to follow while sewing.

  
     -Trim the corners off.  Leave at least ¼” between the seam point and the cut.

  
     -Turn pillow cover right side out, and poke corners out using a tool made for that purpose, or a giant knitting needle. J


     -Insert the pillow form and enjoy your new pillow.
      I hope you enjoyed the Pieces of My Heart tutorial.  It is a great way to use up scraps 1-1/2" and smaller.  If you have any questions please send me an e-mail.

Thank you for downloading my pattern/tutorial.  Please feel free to make as many pillows, and mini quilts, as you like on a home scale basis.  You can give them as gifts, keep them for yourself, sell them in your shop, or throw them at each other.  What you make is yours to do with as you please.  The instructions and pictures in this pattern/tutorial are mine, please do not copy or distribute any portion of this document without my written permission.  Tagging me on the projects you make using the tutorial are always appreciated.


THE STORY
I was looking for a quick and easy, but cute, project to use up fabric scrap pieces that were 1-1/2" and smaller, and batting that was leftover from making a quilt.

Project: Pieces of My Heart mini wall quilt and pillow

Materials used for mini wall quilt: Glue Stick; assorted red scraps; white Kona cotton for the background; Warm and Natural batting; muslin on the back; DS Quilts print from Joann Fabrics for the binding; Coats and Clark 100% mercerized cotton thread in white

Materials used for pillow:  Pellon Lite EZ Steam II; assorted pink fabric scraps; white Kona cotton for the background; Warm and Natural batting; muslin for the backing on the front of the pillow cover; print from Joann Fabrics on the back; 20" x 20" pillow insert from IKEA


Tools Used:  JUKI TL 2010Q; size 90/14 HAx1 organ needle; iron; needle to sew lining opening closed; Coats and Clark 100% mercerized cotton thread in white; rotary cutter; cutting mat; acrylic ruler

Note:  This is not a sponsored tutorial and has not been endorsed by any of the companies mentioned.  The information is provided for those who are curious about what materials I used, and as a reference for myself.

Have a wonderful creative day.



Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Finding My New Normal One Day at a Time

I truly appreciate all of the thoughts, prayers, and messages I have received.   However, there is one message that struck me really hard.  It was the message that read "I'm glad to see that you have gotten over your son's death so quickly".  I don't think she meant it to sound the way it did, at least I hope she didn't.  I think that at times like this people just don't know what to say, especially when they have never experienced this type of loss and don't really know what has happened.  I guess part of the problem may be that I've been posting pictures of things I'm making, or doing, and tried to make things look normal so that I'm not burdening everyone else with my grief.  So I thought it was time to share just a little of what has happened and what it's been like over the last five and a half weeks.  It wasn't something that I had planned on sharing, but I'm hoping that maybe it will in some way be helpful to others, and to me.

As many of you know, I lost my youngest son last month.   Michael was 23 years old, married for two years, owned a home and several cars, and had a good job that he said he enjoyed.  From the outside he had everything that most people, especially a 23 year old, would want.  Except that along the way he became an addict.

I'm not going to go into the all of the details of Michael's problems here.  I'm just going to say that we dragged him from psychiatrist to psychiatrist for help while he was growing up, but we were never able to get him the help that he needed.  Mostly because you have to want help in order for it to work, and partly because he was so charming that he convinced a large majority of them that he didn't have any issues.  Then he turned eighteen and could make decisions for himself, so as parents it didn't matter what we said or wanted.

Michael pulled away from us over the last year and a half.  He said having a relationship with us caused too much trouble with his wife because she was jealous of us (and his brothers) and didn't want him to have anyone but her.  I did see that in the way she acted and the things that she said, but I know that there is probably more to the story.  So, for the most part, we only heard from him when they were fighting and she had thrown him out (which seemed to be at least twice a year - in the Spring and then again near Christmas).  We would always make plans for him to come over for dinner, or Christmas and then she would want him back and we wouldn't hear from him again even though we would make it clear that she was welcome too. We had always hoped that with time things would change, he would stay clean, his wife would actually try to be a part of our family, and that we would have those Sunday dinners and holiday get togethers we had always talked about when our boys were little.  We found out on June 6th that was never going to happen.

On June 5th Michael made a goodbye video for his wife and then took his own life.  We don't know the truth of what lead up to him making this decision and we will never know.  As much as we loved him, we know that he never told the whole story, and his wife doesn't either.  The truth and drugs are not friends.  It's one of the things you come to realize when you have a loved one who has an addiction.  All I know for sure is that my baby is gone forever.

The last time I saw him, hugged him, kissed him on the cheek, and told him I loved him was August 2014 when he said he had "sneaked over" to see me for about ten minutes.  The last time I talked to him on the phone was March of this year before he went back to his wife for the last time.  I will never get another one of his bear hugs, see his silly grins, or hear his infectious laugh.  My heart has broken into pieces and it literally hurts in my chest.  There are times that I cry until I can't catch my breath.  So please don't assume that just because I'm posting pictures on Instagram, or posting tutorials and patterns here, that my life has returned to normal.  That normal was gone the day Michael died.  Now I'm trying to find my new normal one day at a time.

CHRISTOPHER MICHAEL TACKETT
November 10, 1991 - June 5, 2015


Angie

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Sew Virginia Beach Update

Unfortunately plans to have the retreat this Fall didn't work out due to scheduling conflicts.  I think it works out for the best though since International Quilt Market was the weekend before, and Halloween was the weekend of the retreat.

I am now back to focusing on all of the wonderful things we have planned for Sew Virginia Beach 2016.

The first annual Sew Virginia Beach will be held, as announced in April, September 22 - 25, 2016. The contract is in my hand so it is full steam ahead, I have contacted some amazing makers to lead workshops, and the fun stuff is being planned.

Stay tuned on the Sew Virginia Beach site as workshops are announced, instructors are introduced, and swaps, prizes, and swag are revealed.  Ticket sales will begin in February 2016 and the exact date and time will be announced at a later date.

Have a wonderful creative day.
Angie

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Pellon Vinyl Fuse Review

I have been very interested in the laminated/vinyl coated fabric that I have seen pop up online and at Joann's.  I wasn't very happy with the selection of prints, and the prices weren't all that great.  So, I decided to buy some Pellon Vinyl Fuse and fuse fabric that I liked.  I got it for around $11.00 plus tax, but used a 50% off coupon.

This package is 15" x 2 yards so keep that in mind.  You will have to match up seams or hide the seams under trim if what you are making is wider than 15".

The packaging states:

- UV rated and water repellent.  I have found both of these to be accurate after eight months, although if you only use it on the front of your fabric then obviously water can get in from the other side. 

- Easy iron-on application.  Absolutely true.  I followed the directions (mostly) on the packaging and I had no trouble at all ironing it onto my fabric.  Eight months later and it's still stuck there.

- Pressure sensitive backing.  I love the pressure sensitive backing on Pellon products.  It allows you to put the product right where you want it and keep in place before you iron it down permanently.

- Great for lunch bags, aprons, placemats, and diaper bags.  I have to admit that this list of uses bothers me since this is printed on the back of the package: Caution: Vinyl Fuse is not recommended for use in items children may put in their mouth.  Do NOT use on items that come in direct contact with food.  So keep this in mind when using it on lunch bags, or placemats, that children will be using.

My test project was a boxy pouch using this great Alison Glass print.  The Vinyl Fuse was easy to iron onto the fabric, and I had no problems at all sewing through it using my usual size 14 Janome needle and open toe foot.  Just remember to sew with the vinyl up so your feed dogs don't dig into it and mess it up.


I use the open toe foot to put in my zippers, so I can't tell you how the zipper foot works going over the vinyl.  The open toe foot did a great job for the whole project.


The bag looks a little lumpy here because it's stuffed full of paper.  I didn't add interfacing, pull tabs, or a strap to this one since it was a test and I wasn't sure how the fabric would stand up with the vinyl fuse.  I am happy with the way it turned out, but I will definitely add interfacing next time for more stiffness .  Turning the bag right side out wasn't any more difficult that it would be with a lightweight iron on interfacing, so that was a plus too.


I didn't add Vinyl Fuse to the lining fabric, but that is definitely something that you could do.  It would be great for a makeup bag, so you can just use a damp cloth to wipe the inside out.


I will definitely be using Vinyl Fuse on more projects.  

THE STORY
This was a test project to see if the Vinyl Fuse was easy to work with, looked nice after the project was complete, and if it would be functional in other bags that I will be making.

Project: Vinyl Covered Boxy Pouch

Materials Used: Pellon Vinyl Fuse Style# 100R (Clear Gloss Finish); Alison Glass prints: outside is Field Day, lining is Field Day - x & + in noon; zipper is Coats All Purpose Polyester Zipper 16"; Coats and Clark 100% mercerized cotton thread in white

Tools Used:  Janome Horizon 7700QCP; size 14 Janome sewing machine needle; plastic open toe presser foot; iron; needle to sew lining opening closed; rotary cutter; cutting mat; acrylic ruler

Note:  This is not a sponsored review.  I purchased everything mentioned and used in this review.  This is my opinion on how the products worked in the project shown here.

Have a wonderfully creative day!
Angie

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

East Coast Retreat Coming Fall 2016

Several years ago I started tossing around the idea of a sewing retreat here in Virginia Beach.  It seemed that all of the retreats and conventions were taking place on the west coast, and I knew that there were a lot of sewists/quilters like me that couldn’t make those west coast trips yearly.  The idea of sewing AND enjoying all that the oceanfront had to offer was very appealing.

I spent the last couple of years bouncing ideas off of my husband (aka The Enabler), friends, and writing every idea I had down in a special notebook.  The idea popped back in to the front of my mind while we were planning a guild retreat for this Fall, but I pushed it back.  Year after year my introverted anxiety riddled personality kept me from acting on my ideas.  Anxiety actually keeps me from doing a lot, but that’s another story, and everyone has their own issues to deal with. J

As many of you know I was fortunate enough to be able to attend Sew South this past weekend.  It was my first full weekend, get out of town, sewing retreat.   I have to be honest and tell you that there were several times that the anxiety over packing, meeting new people, and even choosing fabric for projects almost had me staying home.  I am so glad that I didn’t give in to the panic.   I had the most amazing time sewing, talking, learning new things (like my Juki came with a ¼” sewing foot-lol), and meeting new people.  By Sunday morning I was exhausted, but the joy that I felt from being a part of this group of awesome creators was so much greater.  It was sad to say goodbye on Sunday morning.

I was so tired on the drive home, but still pumped up from the excitement of the retreat.  I was telling The Enabler about everything that I had learned, and who sat where and made what, and how great the whole experience was.  He was laughing at me because I’m not normally a chatterbox, but if I am passionately excited about something I can talk until my voice gives out.  He jumped in and asked me about doing the retreat at home again.  I did my normal excuses and then he said “You know we have to do this.”  I thought about what he said for a minute.  I could feel the familiar tingling in my face that comes with anxiety, and then what he said hit me.  “You know WE have to do this.”   He started spouting off ideas that he had come up with and I almost cried.  I’m almost crying now thinking of how amazingly supportive and understanding this man that I married is.  I  still had my hesitations about not wanting anyone to feel like I was competing with their retreat, and no one wanting to come, and so many other things.  EDIT: He knew we "have" to do this because I would regret it forever if I didn't.  I have so many more regrets over things that I never did, than anything that I have had the courage to do.

After discussing it on the 5-1/2 hour trip home we came to the conclusion that there are so many people who want to attend retreats, and there is room and opportunity for so many different retreats to take place.  I am happy to say that we are moving forward with the retreat, and we are planning it in the Fall so if I am lucky (and fast) enough I will be able to attend Sew South again next year.
So without further ado (and rambling on) I am thrilled to announce:

Coming to the Virginia Beach Oceanfront Fall 2016.


SEW VIRGINIA BEACH
A traditional, modern, be creative, be yourself sewing retreat.

The retreat will be held in an oceanfront hotel in Virginia Beach, VA.  You will be right on the boardwalk with easy access to the beach, restaurants, and gift shops.

Tickets will go on sale January 2016.  Payment plans will be available.  The exact number of tickets being sold has not been finalized, but it will be somewhere between 50 and 60.

We are working on an exciting mix of make and take, workshops, and lots of free sewing time.  We will make an announcement with more details on the accommodations, workshops, and tickets this Fall 2015.   For the latest news on Sew Virginia Beach go to www.sewvirginiabeach.com and choose follow by e-mail.

We want to keep everything as affordable and stress free as possible.  We are looking forward to having an amazing retreat and making new friends right here at the beach.

Have an amazing creative day!
Angie (and The Enabler)


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Making Labels Tutorial

I have been making my own labels for several years.  I use them in my pouches, bags, and on my quilts, etc.  Well, that is when I remember to actually put a label on before it's on its way to the post office.  I've tried different methods of putting a label on my quilts like this not so fancy one from the Ghastlies Blog Hop in October 2011.
I pieced the white into the quilt backing and then wrote the information with a black fine tip Sharpie. Almost three and half years, and several washings, later and all of the information is still there.  It isn't pretty though, so I found a better way.

This is what you will need:

- Pellon Lite EZ-Steam II (one package has five 9" x 12" sheets)
- 10" x 13" white Kona fabric (or any other color that the printing can be seen on)
- Ink Jet printer that uses pigment ink (no dye ink or water soluble ink)
- Permanent fine tip pen/marker

You will need to wash your fabric before using to remove any finishes from the manufacturing, and anything else that might be on there from all of the hands that have touched it.  I wash in warm water without any detergent so that there isn't any detergent residue left behind.  Tumble dry on cotton setting.  Iron out all of the wrinkles.

PREPARING YOUR LABEL SHEET FOR PRINTING:
-After washing and ironing, cut your fabric to 8-1/2" x 11" so that it will fit through your printer.


-Following the directions on the Lite EZ-Steam II package you will remove one side of the paper backing.

-Using your hands (no ironing) press your fabric onto the pressure sensitive fusible web. Get all of the bubbles and creases out.  You can lift the fabric up and reposition if needed.

-The Lite EZ-Steam II is a 9" x 12" sheet so you will need to trim down to the 8-1/2" x 11" size of your fabric.  I do this after the fabric is placed so I can reposition if needed and all edges of the fabric are stuck to the fusible web.


- It is now ready to go through your printer.

CREATING THE IMAGES FOR YOUR LABELS:
You can use any program that you are comfortable with to make your labels, but I've found that I can fit the most onto my label sheet using Word.  I can do a whole sheet at once and include smaller labels for pouches and bags, as well as labels for quilts.


Choose a font that is large enough to read, but that isn't overpowering for the item you are putting the label on.  My quilt labels are a 16-22 font size, and the pouch labels are 14-16.  Your text should be bold.  Bold prints more ink.  More ink is good.

PRINTING YOUR LABELS:
It is very important that you use an ink jet printer that uses pigment ink.  This is my middle of the road HP Photosmart All-in-One that I make my labels on.


I've had it for years and this is pretty much the only thing that I use it for now because I have a fancy schmancy Epson Artisan printer that is amazing.  It won't, however, print a quilt label that will stand up to washing.  It prints with beautiful hi-definition dye ink that washes right out when your put it in the washing machine.  Ask me how I know?  Unfortunately I found out after I had sent a few gifts with labels printed on the Artisan.  If your cute label from me washed away, I am terribly sorry.  If you would like another printed on the correct printer then please let me know.

-Now we are going to print.  Click print on the program you are using to create your label.  Click the properties button, or the button in your printer program that allows you to make changes to the way your document is printed.  You will need to click on the "print in grayscale" option.


You can print in color.  I have printed in color before but some colors wash out after time.  The black doesn't.  If you are putting the label in/on an item that won't be washed then go color all the way.

-Place the fabric label sheet in your printer so that the fabric is facing the side that gets printed on.

-Hit the print button.


The labels on the top will be cut into strips for pouches.  I removed the table borders on the bottom two labels so I can cut them a little wider without the lines being there.

I use a Millennium pen to fill out most of my labels.  It is acid-free, archival quality, lightfast, waterproof, fade proof, and non-bleeding.  I have used fine tip Sharpies.  They work, but do bleed if you don't write fast and let the tip sit on the fabric for very long.


 Either way, the best way to fill out the label is to remove the paper backing before writing.  It's okay if the label is temporary stuck to your desk.  It isn't a permanent bond until you iron it.  Just place it on your finished project and iron in place following the package instructions.


This label is on a mini quilt that hangs on the wall in my craft room.  It has been washed twice.

These are mug rugs that the VBMQG leadership team made for all of the members during our birthday celebration last year.  We didn't sew these down.  I have washed this poor thing at least nine times in the last 11 months.  This is the only label that I have seen a problem with.  The little aqua stripe washed out after the third wash, and although the black has faded you can still read it.  I think the main problem with this label is that it is so small at 1-1/2" x 1-3/4".  The larger labels haven't shown this type of fading.

I print my labels out, cut them apart, and they sit in a container for a while before I use them.  I would wait at least two or three days before washing a label.  This gives the ink time to dry thoroughly.

If you are putting the label on something that is going to get a lot of use and washing you may want to sew around the edges of the label.  For most of my labels (especially on the things that are staying with me) I've just ironed them down and wash after wash they are still stuck right where I put them.

I hope that you enjoyed this tutorial and that you will find it useful if you choose to make your own labels.

Have a wonderfully creative day!
Angie

Note: This is not a sponsored post.  This is what I purchase to make my labels, and I am not being reimbursed or provided with free products for this tutorial.