How to Make Fabric Labels

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Making your own fabric labels can be an inexpensive way to mark children's clothing, or provide a personal touch to homemade gifts. If you have a small sewing business, making your own fabric labels adds a bit of class and professionalism to your projects. Depending on your needs, there are two methods of making your own fabric labels.
Either way, this is a simple project and requires only basic sewing and computer skills. The most important aspect is making sure you choose the right products. High-quality inks and colorfast fabric will ensure your labels can stand the wear and tear that much-loved clothes and gifts will suffer.

Things You'll Need

  • Colorfast fabric or colorfast printable fabric sheets
  • Ink-jet printer
  • Scissors
  • Iron-on transfer paper
  • Sewing machine (or fusible interfacing)
  • Fray-check
  • Non-bleeding fabric pen (optional)

Method 1

  • Create your label design on your computer.

  • Print this design onto iron-on transfer paper, following the manufacturer's instructions.

  • Follow the manufacturer's instructions to apply the iron-on design to colorfast fabric to create your label(s).

  • Alternatively, you can use a fabric pen that will not bleed to write directly onto the colorfast fabric.

  • Cut out the label.

  • Dip the edges of the label into fray-check to prevent fraying, and allow to dry completely.

  • Attach the label to your clothing or gift item using fusible web interfacing, or by sewing.

Method 2

  • Create a label design on your computer.

  • Print this design directly onto colorfast printable fabric sheets, according to the manufacturer's instructions.

  • Follow the manufacturer's instructions to rinse and set the ink on the fabric labels.

  • Cut out the label.

  • Dip the edges of the label into fray-check to prevent fraying, and allow it to dry completely.

  • Fold the label in half, so that the design can be seen clearly.

  • Sew the label into a seam of the clothing or gift item.

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