Quilty Name Tag Tutorial: Pinwheel

This is the first of a series of five Quilty Name Tag Tutorials shared here on Wedding Dress Blue.

Remember that you are working SMALL.  Accuracy is critical to success.  Also, I am not perfect, or perfectly clear.  Ask questions and I will try to help and improve.



3-1/2″ x 4-1/2″


2 2″ squares–color 1

2 2″ squares–color 2

4 2″ squares background fabric

1 1-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ strip background fabric

1 3-1/2″x4-1/2″ fabric for backing

1 3-1/2″x4-1/2″ medium to heavy weight interfacing

1 2-1/4″ x 18″ (or longer) strip for binding


    1. Using the colored squares and the background squares, create Half Square Triangles.  I like this method–draw a line across the diagonal, stitch on either size, cut along the line.  Press Open.

  1. Square up to 1-1/2″.  Really.  It might only seem like you are trimming off a tiny bit, but tiny bits matter when you are working on this scale.DSC00813
  2. Lay out each pinwheel.  Stitch together.  Press.DSC00815
  3. Attach the 1-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ strip of background fabric to the bottom.  Yep, I know the dark blue one doesn’t meet quite right.  I didn’t look so bad when I was building it.  It is a little embarrassing now, but I don’t have time to redo it today.  We’ll call it a character-building-humility-opportunity.DSC00817
  4. Layer the top, interfacing and backing.
  5. Stitch in the ditch across the dividing line between the pinwheels and the bottom strip–just to stabilize.
  6. Bind.  I was unable to make a suitable invisible join because of the small scale, so I just folded the edges over.  If you have a better idea, please let me know.DSC00819
  7. This was my first attempt at machine binding.  Therefore, I am not showing the back of this.  Let’s just say it is good that it is the back.  BUT, I like how fast it was and handstitching against the interfacing wasn’t working.  You could even just hot glue it down, which is what I did to fix a few really bad parts.
  8. Add your name–embroidery, machine embroidery, Sharpie marker, whatever.
  9. Attach a hanger as you wish–You can use a pin back, a large safety pin or create a matching lanyard.  Whatever works for you.
  10. Wear it proudly at your next guild meeting or quilt show that you attend!


your beautiful creation here…

2 thoughts on “Quilty Name Tag Tutorial: Pinwheel

  1. I really dislike hand sewing bindings on, so that is saved for show quilts only. I find that when I use my machine to sew the binding down it works best for me to attach the binding to the back of the quilt and use a decorative stitch on the front to attach the binding – usually I use the blanket stitch. If my binding color matches the backing color, the stitching is almost invisible on the back and looks good on the front. Also, if you use Elmer’s glue (really thin line) when you press the binding down first, you don’t have to use clips or pins to hold the binding in place – works especially well on small projects like your adorable name tag!

  2. I think it looks amazing! I see nothing wrong with the binding, and hating binding as much as I do, I have no points or tips to offer! I’d be proud to wear that to a quilt show or whatever.

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