Personalized Tags for Baby Quilts

Years ago I began embroidering my child’s name in the corner of the baby quilt I made for them.  Last year it occurred to me that I could add a hand or foot print to the tag.

I traced her hand on a piece of paper, transferred it to the fabric and wrote the name and birth date nearby.  An hour or so of embroidery and it was done.  On this quilt, I ironed the edges under, then stitched twice around using my machine.  This meant that I was sewing through all layers of the quilt, making a rectangle of quilting lines on the back.

Because it’s a rag quilt and has a scrappy feel to it, I felt that the additional quilting lines wouldn’t detract from the overall look or feel of the quilt, and I also felt that the tag fit well on the front of the quilt for the same reasons.  It’s a wonderful reminder of how small she was, and I love to watch her touch the embroidered lines.

I recently finished another baby quilt, a gift for a friend.  I decided to put a tag on it as well.

This tag was placed on the back of the quilt, as I felt it would look awkward on the front.  Because I didn’t want inconsistent quilting lines showing on the front of the quilt, I stitched this tag on by hand, being careful to stitch only through the backing and the batting without piercing the quilt top.

To get the tiny footprint, I called my friend’s mother while she was staying with them to help.  She traced the footprint when he was just a few days old, and her teenaged son smuggled it to my car when I stopped by for a soccer carpool.  Thus, the little tag was a complete surprise to my friend.

While it takes a bit of extra effort, I thought I’d share the idea.  It adds an extra touch of sweetness and thoughtfulness to a handmade gift.   After all, they’re only little once!

Hopeful Homemaker

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