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…