We love letters that help us keep our stuff organized. For our sewing studio at Coats & Clark we asked expert Rebecca Brent to create embroidered labels. We asked her to use the “Make It Coats” theme and she came up with Sew It, Cut It, Press It, Quilt It, etc. She wanted to embroider “Stuff It” for the batting and fiberfill, but we nixed that!
You will need:
Coats Polyester Embroidery Thread-1 spool to coordinate with fabric
Double sided adhesive sheets, for example Heat & Bond
Heavy-weight fusible stabilizer, for example Decor Bond or Peltex Ultra Firm
White cotton fabric
Print coordinating fabrics- We used fabrics from FreeSpirit True Colors by Heather Bailey
Embroidering the labels
Our embroidery was stitched using a computerized sewing and embroidery machine. Most of these machines have a built- in alphabet options. Labels could also be stitched using the alphabet letters on your sewing machine. Labels could be printed from your computer using the font of your choice and adhered to the fabric backing. We asked Rebecca for some tips for embroidering small letters and here is what she recommended:
Tips for Embroidering Small Letters
- Choose a font optimized for small letters. In general, the best fonts are simple, without serifs and decoration.
- Always stitch a sample or two to test the sewing attributes of the embroidered letters.
- Lowering the needle thread tension can help prevent pulling the bobbin thread to the embroidery right side.
- Lower the stitch density; in other words, adjust the design so there are fewer stitches per inch.
- Choose a fine thread; machine embroidery threads usually work well for lettering, but Dual Duty XP Fine can also be a good choice.
- Use a cut-away stabilizer under the embroidery, especially if the fabric is a knit or textured weave.
- Add a water-soluble topper over the fabric to keep the small letters from sinking into the fabric.
1. Embroider labels* –
2. Working with a piece of the printed fabric that will yield the number of labels you plan to make, fuse the heavy weight fabric to the wrong side of the printed fabric following the manufacturer’s instructions. Remove the paper from one side of the adhesive sheet and adhere the sheet to the interfacing. Cut into the desired number of 3 ” x 4 1/2″ rectangles. Use a rotary cutter for best results.
4. Using a second sheet of the double-sided adhesive, peel off paper from one side and adhere to the back of the embroidered fabric. Cut embroidered labels into 2 ” x 3 1/2″ rectangles. Remove the paper from adhesive. Center the embroidered rectangle on the front of the print fabric rectangle.
5. To mount the label, remove the backing from the adhesive on the back of the fabric and adhere to box or other surface.
About the Author
Lynn is Director of Consumer Services with Coats & Clark.