Sunday, October 2, 2011

how to make fabric labels



Over the past few years I've gotten more than a handful of inquiries about the labels I attach to my sewn items.  Baby quilts, burp cloths, bags, mug rugs... I attach them to almost everything I make.  I like the 'professional' look it lends to handmade items.

So I thought I'd give you a quick run-down of my process for creating these lovely little tags.
Here's what you'll need:

 1" cotton twill tape (or whatever size you'd like) - I get mine on Ebay
Fabric ink pad
your personalized stamp - mine was custom made by foryoo
Pinking shears or even plain old scissors

 ~ roll out your twill tape
~ stamp away - but leave about 2" of space in between to cut and sew the label on to your item
~ WAIT about 24 hours for the ink to set
~ press with super hot iron to permanently set the ink, and it will never wash out

~ clip with pinking shears or scissors and they're done!

I typically finger press each end under then sew it on for a nice finished look, and so the tag won't unravel after a zillion washings.

Now... non-baby quilts - those tags are a whole other animal.  I'll save that story for another day!
And HAPPY OCTOBER!  Man, its such a great month...  and the weather is finally cooling off so its time to break out our quilts!  Yay!!

8 comments:

randi said...

thanks for this! i have been wanting to come up with some labels for my quilts, but all the ideas i have come across so far seem very detailed.

this looks simple and quick. just my style!

Kristin said...

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You! I have been struggling with this for a month or two now, trying so many different ways to print and stamp on twill tape for my labels, not wanting to shell out tons of money to have them custom made. This is so perfect. :) Thank you again!

~The Bargain Babe said...

great info, easiest label making that I have seen!

AnneMarie said...

Love it! Think I'm going to try this when I run out of my current labels. Thx for sharing!

Carla said...

Neat idea. Thanks

Elisabeth said...

Does the ink run when you wash them?

Cristin said...

Elizabeth, the ink does NOT run, as thats the point of using fabric ink. Its permanent, if you let it set for 24hrs, then press with a hot iron to really set it permanently. The ink doesn't fade, run, or wash out. Perfect for labels!

Rebecca said...

So brilliantly simple! Thank you!