DIY clothing labels

When it comes to clothing, accessories, or any handmade item, labels aren't just for store-bought goods. They are a powerful tool for distinguishing and promoting your brand, adding a touch of quality and personalization to your products. So, if you're ready to take your handmade game to the next level, let's explore a few methods for creating your own DIY clothing labels.

Method 1: Printed on Fabric Sheets

You will need:

  • Computer and printer
  • Fabric sheets for inkjet/laser printer
  • Iron
  • Cold water
  • Scissors or rotary cutter
  • Needle and thread or sewing machine

Step 1: Get your hands on fabric sheets suitable for your inkjet or laser printer.

Check out craft stores within your local suppliers. And don't forget to use those money-saving coupons!

Step 2: Design your label using design software like Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator.

Don't worry if you're not an expert; even programs like MS Word or your computer's paint program will work just fine. Make sure to leave enough space around your design for stitching. You can add a light guide or grid to make cutting easier, or do it by hand later.

Before printing on fabric sheets, it's wise to do a test run on regular paper to ensure the desired look, size, and placement.

Step 3: When you're ready, print your design on the fabric side of the sheet.

Step 4: Let the label ink dry for at least 10 minutes.

Then, remove the paper backing and iron the printed side of the sheet on high heat for 1-2 minutes. Avoid applying too much pressure, as it may distort the design. Refer to the ironing directions provided with your printable sheets for any variations.

Step 5: Rinse the sheet under cold water and pat it dry using towels or paper towels.

Dry iron it on high heat until completely dry. This step ensures colorfastness, so your labels will maintain their vibrancy even after multiple washes.

Step 6: Cut the sheet into individual labels using a rotary cutter, mat, and ruler for accurate cuts.

If you don't have those tools, a ruler or straightedge and scissors will do the job perfectly.

Step 7: Finally, sew your newly crafted labels onto your items using a needle and thread or a sewing machine.

If you want to prevent fraying, consider sewing around all four sides of the label.

Method 2: Iron-on Transfer Paper

This method allows for more customization as you get to choose the material for your label, be it fabric or ribbon. Here's what you'll need:

  • Computer and printer
  • Iron-on transfer paper
  • Iron
  • Fabric or ribbon
  • Scissors or rotary cutter
  • Needle and thread or sewing machine

Step 1: Purchase iron-on transfer paper sheets, available at stores like Michael's or your local craft store.

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Step 2: Just like in Method 1, use your computer to design your logo and arrange it for printing on the transfer paper.

Don't forget to test print before proceeding. If you plan to use ribbon, ensure your design fits within its width.

Step 3: Cut and transfer your labels.

When ironing your labels, follow the heat setting and ironing instructions on the transfer paper packaging. Place the transfer paper face-up when ironing. It's a good idea to leave the paper layer on until you're ready to use the label to protect the design.

For fabric labels, you can either cut them apart first and iron them on individually or transfer them as one large sheet and cut the fabric afterward. If you're using fraying fabric, consider backing it with iron-on interfacing or fold and iron the edges over before sewing them on. A small piece of cardboard can help with this process.

If you're using ribbon, cut your labels and ribbon into sections before ironing on the transfers. Use tweezers or straight pins to hold your label and ribbon in place while ironing, being careful not to burn your fingers!!

Other Options

If you don't have a printer or prefer alternative methods, there are a couple more options to create custom labels.

Stamping is a quick and easy technique. You can find pre-made designs or create your own custom rubber stamp. Simply stamp your design onto any fabric or ribbon of your choice.

Another option is to order your labels from specialized websites like Labeloom. We provide customizable label styles and logo options, making it a great choice for those seeking a professional touch or requiring larger quantities.

No matter which method you choose, DIY clothing labels allow you to showcase your brand and make a lasting impression on your creations. So go ahead, make your mark, and let your imagination run wild!

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June 03, 2023 — Gabriele Limonta