If you're going to start a business selling your handmade items (or if you just want to make your crafts look fancy), it makes sense to have labels, right? Right!  Here's a tutorial on making your own labels at home, not just for clothing, but for accessories, purses, or any kind of craft!

Overview: You can make machine washable labels using printable Fabric Sheets (about $10 for 3 sheets at Joann's). Basically, you print your design directly onto the fabric sheet, iron the fabric sheet to set the ink, cut label to size and sew the labels into your clothing or other handmade item.
*If you don't want to buy the fabric sheets, you can pre-treat your own cotton fabric with a solution, but that still costs $ and adds another step to the process.  I'm keepin this simple..

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Step 1: Materials

- Fabric Sheets for inkjet printers (they also have sheets for laser printers). Cost: $9.99 for 3 sheets at Joann's (less if you remember your 40% off coupon!)
- computer & printer
- iron
- cold water
- scissors
- needle & thread or sewing machine
<p>Relabeling is the way to go. I got a bit carried away and now have my own laser printing and heat transfer factory in my spare room. Crafting is not for the casual hobbyist, I say, proceed with caution because it will change your life =)</p>
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I&nbsp;like it - however, how do you iron on the text?&nbsp; Wouldn't it come out reverse reading?&nbsp; I'm still trying to find a way to print text reverse reading so that the ink gets ironed on right reading.&nbsp; Any ideas?<br /> <br />
buirv You will need to check your printer's instructions for this...you can go into either property or tools, for example, and look for the 'mirror image' words and click on that to activate it...You may have to manually go back in after you are done and change it back to what it was before...that is, IF you will even see this 2 years later...lol
I believe that this process prints directly onto the fabric. The ironing is merely to set the ink and make it colorfast, so that the garment the label is sewn to can be washed.<br />
yup, exactly!&nbsp;you print directly onto the fabric; the iron sets the ink..<br />
Great idea! love this. xo
I've been looking for labels to add to my garments and there are so expensive. This is a great great Idea
great idea! thanks for sharing!!!
Just curious, what kind of solution would I need to treat fabric with?<br /> *has tons of fabric already*<br />
You can use <a href="http://www.softexpressions.com/software/notions/bubjet.html#bub" rel="nofollow">Bubble Jet</a> to pretreat the fabric..<br />

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