Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Paper Piecing a Name Tag

This week I was playing around with paper piecing a name tag. A modern quilting guild is forming in my area - really exciting - and for the second meeting we are to wear name tags. So I brainstormed a bit and remembered this darling one I saw here at Monkey Beans. Megan told me she didn't have an actual pattern made up so I got out my composition book with the grid pages and started drawing some lines to look like an old Singer. This is what I came up with...
For the stamping part, you should use a Versamark fabric stamp pad. I have tons of pigment ink stamp pads so knowing that this project won't be thrown in the washing machine, I used the pigment ink and heat set it. I'm kind of happy with the results:)  Here is a copy of the very rough draft...
I need to get a program to make paper pieced patterns. I had a lot of fun playing around with this and can definitely see myself making more. Any suggestions? I've heard the iPad has an app to make designs like this but first I need an iPad! I guess the good old fashioned way of designing will have to do for now.

I found this awesome tutorial for travel sewing kits over at Lots of Pink Here. These would be great for Christmas gifts for my sewing friends. I have a friend who sews on one of those lovely featherweight Singer machines. I'm going to try using my pattern to paper piece a sewing machine in black fabric and use it for the front cover of the travel kit...

And I leave you with a lovely thrift find for me. I found this in a full sheet size and in great condition. It's sentimental for me because I have the pillowcase in this same exact fabric from when I was a little girl. Of course, my pillowcase is very faded and well loved...
Not sure what this pattern is called but I just love looking at it. Doesn't it remind you of what little girls are made of?

Happy sewing!


  1. Your name tag turned out great! As for programs to design with, I've found that paper and pen work best for me - I often use graph paper but plain paper is fine, too. Really great job!

  2. Your name tag is so cute! I love the embroidered details. What fabric did you use for the sewing machine?

    1. Finally found the name of the fabric line! It's from 2011 and called Lost & Found by Jen Allyson for Riley Blake. The piece I used is called "labels" and in pink. There are a few pieces left on etsy!

  3. Julie, I love your name tag. It's so wonderful!


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