Name Tags

The wonderful Ann Arbor Modern Quilt Guild got together last week and it was another amazing experience.   One thing that made this meeting all the better was that most of our members brought name tags they had crafted at home.    I’m terrible with names nowadays and this was a big relief for me.

It was also fun to try some new techniques – which I did while making my name tag:

I used printable fabric for printing out the letters of my name.  Then I cut them out and ironed them on (the printable fabric I used was iron-on-able) to a light-grey background.  Then I made the pink detailing out of a sparkly fabric I was thrilled to use*.  I fabric-glued it onto my background.  Then I glued the edges of the light-grey background under and machine sewed it to a bigger, darker grey background.  Then I put on my free-motion foot and sewed the letters and the pink detailing onto the background with black and sparkly pink threads, respectively.

For the backing, I ironed on some interfacing to the back of another piece of dark gray fabric.  Putting good sides together I sewed the front piece to the back, leaving a hole so I could turn it all inside-out.  I turned it right-side out, pressed the raw edges under from my hole, and then top-stitched around the entire name-tag.  For added stability I hand-sewed a popsicle stick to the back of the name tag after first applying a pin backing with super-glue to the stick.  Fancy!  I really like how it turned out, and it may have even warmed me up to the whole concept of raw-edged applique, as normally my obsessive need for finished edges drives my projects.

My design was inspired by our logo, which was created by r0ssie.

*True story, before I got into quilting I would still occasionally buy fabrics for undetermined projects.  Unfortunately I shopped like a baby bird, mostly focusing on weird sparkly cotton blends that aren’t the best for quilting projects.  So whenever I find a use for these oddities, it’s a little victory : )

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