DIY: Make Your Own Clothing Labels




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..

If you'd like to see some finished products or view my screen-printing tutorials, check out my etsy shop blog , or follow me on twitter! Also, your constructive feedback on this tutorial is greatly appreciated!  Let me know if you have any questions!

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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

Step 2: Create & Print Your Design

Create your design on the computer. I used MS Word to make a basic colored text design. Test print the design onto paper first. Once satisfied, print the design onto your fabric sheet (on the fabric side). You may want to start with just 1 or 2 labels until you get the hang of this, so you don't waste any of your fabric paper.

Step 3: Dry & Iron

Let ink dry for at least 10 minutes. Remove paper backing from sheet. Dry iron on high for 1-2 minutes on design side. (Don't press down too hard with iron or you may distort your image).

Step 4: Rinse & Iron Again

To make your labels colorfast, rinse under cold water and pat dry using paper towels. Dry iron again on high until dry to set the ink.

Step 5: Attach Label

Hand-sew or machine-sew the label onto your clothing. Ta daaaa!  Now your items look totally legit!  The edges of the label will fray slightly upon washing.  If this bothers you, just sew your labels on all 4 sides when attaching label to your item.  That's it!

Relabeling: After screen-printing my design onto the item below, I relabeled this skirt by removing the "Alternative Apparel" tag and replacing it with my own. (I know, not the prettiest sewing job in the world, I was getting tired!) I left on the manufacturer's label that includes product and size info.

If you'd like to see some finished products or view my screen-printing tutorials, check out my etsy shop blog !



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    14 Discussions


    9 months ago

    How large should you make each label? How many can you make for one page? I'm sorry if I am making this complicated.

    1 reply

    Reply 8 months ago

    I made then about 3/4" by 2 1/2", but this can vary depending on the size of your text/logo!


    3 years ago

    Thanks for the tut, very informative, would it work if i used some of the stitch witch iron on tape? do you think it would be too much heat for this label? this tape is pretty strong. also the ends would get glued and fray less


    3 years ago

    This is a great way to customize labels - Great article! If anyone needs a blank, computer printable label sheet that comes pre perforated, to make care labels that complement this fabric label, check out this store from Etsy:


    3 years ago

    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 =)


    9 years ago on Introduction

    I like it - however, how do you iron on the text?  Wouldn't it come out reverse reading?  I'm still trying to find a way to print text reverse reading so that the ink gets ironed on right reading.  Any ideas?

    3 replies

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    buirv You will need to check your printer's instructions for 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


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    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.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    I've been looking for labels to add to my garments and there are so expensive. This is a great great Idea