Quilty Name Tag Tutorial: Strips

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

Though you are working SMALL, the foundation piecing is its own sort of freedom–no worry about seam allowances here!



3-3/4″ x 5″


assorted small strips of colored fabric 1″ x 4″–or more.  You really don’t want them wider than 1″ or the scale will be off.

1 2-1/2″ x 5″ foundation piece–background or light interfacing or similar

1 1-3/4″ x 5″ strip background fabric

1 3-3/4″x 5″ fabric for backing

1 3-3/4″x 5″ medium to heavy weight interfacing

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



  1. Place a colored strip right side up roughly in the middle of the foundation fabric and on an angle between 45 and 60 degrees. DSC00848
  2. Add strips, making sure they extend beyond the edges of the foundation fabric until you cover the fabric completely.  I usually add two at a time (one on each side) and then press open.  It will look like this from the back. DSC00849
  3. Trim off the excess fabric beyond  the edges. DSC00851
  4. Attach the 1-3/4″ x 5″ background piece to the bottom of your strips unit.
  5. Layer the top, interfacing and backing.
  6. Stitch in the ditch across the dividing line between the strips and the bottom background piece–just to stabilize. DSC00852
  7. Bind.  I was unable to make a suitable invisible join because of the small scale, so I just folded the edges over near the center of the bottom of the name tag.  If you have a better idea, please let me know. DSC00853
  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…

3 thoughts on “Quilty Name Tag Tutorial: Strips

  1. Great idea. I needed a name tag for guild and had been avoiding it. Using your tutorial and some embroidery mine turned out fabulous!

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