Quilty Name Tag Tutorial: Spools

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

Remember that you are working SMALL.  Just do your best and have fun with it even if it isn’t “perfect.”  This is a great time to develop a new skill.



3-3/4″ x 4-3/4″



2 1-3/4″ x 2″ for “thread”

4 7/8″ x 2-1/2″ for spools

8 7/8″ x 7/8″ squares background fabric

4 1″ x 2″ background fabric

1 3/4″ x 2-3/4″ background fabric

1 1-1/2″ x 4-3/4″ strip background fabric

1 3-3/4″x4-3/4″ fabric for backing

1 3-3/4″x4-3/4″ medium to heavy weight interfacing

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



  1. Stitch a 1″x2″ background strip to each side of the “thread” pieces. DSC00841
  2. Stitch along the diagonal 7/8″ background square attaching one to each end of the spool pieces (7/8″ x 2-1/2″).  Make sure you are going the right direction, as shown.  Trim and flip. DSC00843
  3. Attach the “spools” to the “thread” units.  The line up can be a little fiddly, but take your time and it does work out.DSC00844
  4. Stitch the 3/4″ x 2-3/4″ background piece between the two spools.
  5. Attach the 1-1/2″ x 4-3/4″ background piece to the bottom of your spool unit. DSC00845
  6. Layer the top, interfacing and backing.
  7. Stitch in the ditch across the dividing line between the spools and the bottom strip–just to stabilize.
  8. 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.
  9. This was my fourth attempt at machine binding. It still isn’t great, but I can show the back without feeling bad about it. DSC00862
  10. Add your name–embroidery, machine embroidery, Sharpie marker, whatever.
  11. 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.DSC00861
  12. Wear it proudly at your next guild meeting or quilt show that you attend!



your beautiful creation here…

5 thoughts on “Quilty Name Tag Tutorial: Spools

  1. Deanna, did you receive my with the surprise joke inside? I thought about it when I read what you wrote today on the quilty name tags. Anyway, I hope it brings a big chuckle out of you. lol Barbara, Charlotte NC,
    It did me as I was writing the card & giggling to myself as I stuffed your little surprise inside & sealed it up.

  2. That looks a lot like my back of the baby quilt I did recently. It will look better with matched thread, but I don’t think this looks bad at all. I still can’t see where you are joining the bindings. This is a cute one, definitely!

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