Hello everyone, my name is Carol and I’m fairly new to quilting. I joined a local group, Quilty Pleasures, approx 18 months ago and one of the earliest attempts at quilting involved making some Fidget quilts to donate to local Residential Care Homes and some Developmental Hearts for the Hospital special care baby unit. These appealled to my ‘inner creative being’ and now find myself ‘distracted’ from finishing off bigger projects and make a fidget quilt or some small project I’ve read about instead. I’m sure we have all been there!!
So … after being asked to write a product review on Freezer paper for this fabulous new website I was asked if I would like to join the bloggers team. Delighted, but daunted, I thought I’d better check out what we had on here so as not to duplicate. There are some great blogs for a whole host of things, including a couple of blogs on charitable ‘makes’ so I thought I would concentrate on something that interests and inspires me … and hopefully some of you will find it interesting enough to try. For my first blog I thought I would show you how I made some labels that are now being used on our charitable ‘makes’ – you will see a picture of this at the end of the blog.
You will need: Freezer paper, calico, a computer and inkjet printer and a bottle of distilled white vinegar.
Design your labels, I used Word, and an Excel spreadsheet for mine. For this trial I chose some simple text using a font of my choice (Matura MT Script Capitals, Vivaldi and Forte), alternatively you can handwrite/design your labels using fabric pens. Print out your design as as test run and make sure you have left enough space for hemming.
Cut a sheet of freezer paper (FP) to A4 size. Iron the FP, shiny side down, onto the calico with a hot dry iron. Trim the edges carefully to remove any frayed edges. I found using a rotary cutter gave a cleaner, straigher cut but scissors are fine.
Disclaimer –UKQU are not responsible for any problems associated with using fabric in your printer. If you’re not sure about trying this don’t do it!
You may have to change your printer ‘paper settings’ but I found it printed easily without changing anything. I trimmed the FP/calico sheet just a few millimetres shorter than A4 and found the printer carriage picked it up easier. Click print and voila.
Once the labels are printed iron to help seal the ink.
Peel away the freezer paper (and save for use again). Soak the sheet of labels in white vinegar for approx 10 minutes.
Rinse thoroughly in cold water to remove the residue of the vinegar. Either leave to dry naturally or iron dry – again this helps to seal the ink. The fabric may seem stiffer at first but this will change when the lables are washed.
Use as desired – here is an example of one in use at our recent QP gathering. It’s as simple as that.
For the artistic people out there enjoy creating your own label designs. Try using different coloured inks too.
I hope you you found this useful and I look forward to sharing more with you in future blogs.
Coming next ….. Fidget quilts … Watch this space.