You can make tags out of any type of print, it’s just some prints are easier than others. On this page I will show you some fabrics that are the easiest prints to choose. I’ll also discuss why some prints are more difficult.
The above prints are all good prints to choose, most of these are “panel” type prints, but some are sold by the yard. Sometimes it depends on the shop also. Some shops will split up a print such as the one below:
into a panel type of purchase by how many inches it goes before the repeat starts instead of cutting by the yard.
I purchased the above by the yard, but I saw it on ebay also being sold via a panel purchase of every so many inches. I purchased the by the yard because it was a better deal.
This one was a purchase that ticked me off.. The woman who I bought this from on eBay actually sold this as a fat quarter type size. She didn’t note the size in her description, and the pricing was such that you’d think you were buying a yard of it. The day I spend $8.00 on a fat quarter is the day I will stop quilting forever. I don’t like buying fat quarters ever.. I really prefer having the 1/2 yard to a fat quarter, and even then I’ll buy a yard over a half yard before I will buy 1/2 yard. When I go to shops, I don’t even bother looking at fat quarters, so to buy them is simply not in my nature. You’d think that as an appliquer, I’d buy tons of fats, but it’s never been my habit to look at fats, and even after all these years I still don’t do it.
Now, this type of fabric you may think doesn’t lend itself well to tags. However, this fabric by Debbie Mumm is one of the prints that got me my start with tags, it wasn’t this exact print, but it was one like it.
You might ask yourself, how would you make a tag out of this, it’s simple.
Youd o have to be willing to cut into the other parts in order to get your seam allowance, or you can cut on the edge of the design and take your stitches into that border area.
As I noted in my tutorial for tags tho, I don’t turn my tags inside out. They are selvedge edges on all my tags and I do this because I love the fringe effect you get from the tags after the first year of usage as a tag.
So now, you might ask, where am I going to put the label on the tag?
That’s done on the back, as I noted also in the tutorial, there are several back options you can use, by using felt, you could create a frame, leaving an opening to put the tag thru with, or and this is the one I use most often is by creating a 2 part backing you can slip the label in easily, so it just slides right out, thus you can use the tag for different people as the years pass.
With this type of print, you want to cut out all your fabric shapes at once, iron on your fusible first to the backing, but do not take the paper off yet. Cut the backing fabric. Remove the fusible paper backing and iron it to your backing fabric, then cut your shapes with a slight outer edge so you can stitch around it.
When it comes to the “hanger” type circle at the top, take and on your machine, stitch a circular buttonhole (very very easy to do) and then cut with your seam ripper thru the hold unless you have a buttonhole cutter that cuts thru circles. Mine has a circular cutter to it, but not all buttonhole cutter kits have them. You can then loop the ribbon thru the buttonhole.
In my early days of tag making, I would have “killed” literally to have fabric where their was a difference between the tags. In the Debbie Mumm above, you don’t get that option, one part of the print bumps right up next to the a different design in the print. The above shows a nice distance between them, but it’s a bit to wide. So if you cut a 1/4-inch seam allowance between the tags, you have around a 1-inch piece of fabric left over between the cuts, so consider making your tags a little larger even by allowing the cut at 3/4-inch outside of the regular tag. This is nice when you have a machine that does decorative stitches also because you can use your decorative stitches to really show them off on the topstitching.
As I find other fabric print types to add to this page, I’ll clue you in on why I think they are good or bad.
There aren’t really any bad ones, but for something like an “allover” print or a blender type print, these are really not going to work well unless your “piecing” your tags, and pieced tags are just really something you should do for family or friends. If your going to consider selling your tags you make, you’ll never get what they are worth in the price range. Thus the prints featured on this page are better suited for tags, and tags are one thing that sell, sell, sell at a craft show, I never had enough of them.