How to make a name tag usable anywhere

My modern quilters guild has challenges throughout the year but no rules. So you can make them or not, for that month or later. We had a challenge in January of ‘put a letter on it’ or a name tag. I made a sign but decided I wanted to do the second part as well. I decided to make a name tag usable anywhere, not just at guild. Since there are no rules, I could do that and bring it in April when the reveal was in January.


In order to have this name tag usable anywhere it couldn’t scream quilt guild. But it should scream name tag so I turned to google. I put in name tag fabric and the most perfect fabric came up.

Look at this fabric, it’s perfect, yes? It is made by Spoonflower and costs a fortune. This is why I did not make it for January. (It might not be right here, there might be a super annoying ad, look up or down.)

But this fabric had snuck into my brain. It called to me, teased me and eventually, it wore me down. I bought it. name-re-2

My name tag probably should have my name on it. I marked with two vertical lines the space I wanted the name to take up. I used paper I save name-re-3from bolts of batting.

Yes, I save printed paper and blow big bucks on fabric. No, I am not consistent. Isn’t that great?

I cut them out and traced them on the wrong side on the red fabric. Then I cut those out. Each time I trace or cut, I modify the letter a

I kept them on that side and place them on more of that printed paper. I sprayed them with 504 and then place them on the fabric.


I had played with them before spraying them. I wanted them in just the right place on the fabric. After spraying, I placed them there.

I then cut out a rectangle around them and another same sized rectangle for the back. To save fabric I could have used a different fabric. I also cut out a piece of iron on batting in that same size. I layered the piece with my name on top of the batting. name-re-6

I set my machine on zig zag and practiced on scrap fabric to get the exact size I wanted. I made it fairly dense and not very wide. I zig zagged around every letter which is not that fun. I name-re-7couldn’t get the inside of the “a” so I just stitched it in.

I cut a one and a half inch strip of red and white polka dot fabric. I used the entire width of the fabric and then pressed it in half twice.

I nearly burned my fingers pressing that. Ouch! I put it around my neck and trimmed it to a comfortable size.

I stitched all the layers together name-re-8with a decorative stitch. I used grey thread like I did on the letters.  I used a clover clip to hold them all together so they would not get caught in the seam I was about to sew.

I put the remaining rectangle on top of the name tag, right sides together. I stitched all the way around, from the first fabric loop to the second, that left a gap. I turned it inside out, pressed it and stitched the whole top with the same decorative stitch I had used on the strip. This looked good and closed the gap.

I was done! Now I have a name tag usable anywhere. All I have to do is remember to bring it!


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