Since I started selling and gifting handmade items I have been on the hunt for that perfect label. When I was starting out I didn’t want to spend tons of money on labels as I was trying to grow organically. I tried many different ways. I tried stamping, which didn’t yield very professional results. I tried printing my own directly on fabric, no matter what I did, the ink seemed to wash away after a few washes. Finally I settled on the print and transfer sheets. Those seemed to work for me. That is until I found an even better way.
I ended up designing my labels and buying them on Spoonflower! If you haven’t heard of Spoonflower, it is this awesome site where you can design your own fabrics and paper in your favorite design program then upload it to Spoonflower to have it printed! Its easy, it’s custom, and it’s awesome! If you don’t want to design your own fabric, you can buy someone else’s design! It is pretty cool!
Anyway, I decided to design my labels and upload them to one yard of fabric! First I designed some labels in a few different colors and saved them together.
Next I uploaded it in my Spoonflower account. You will want to then click on the basic repeat button so your labels fill the entire yard of fabric. Using the ruler guides, make sure your labels are the size you want them to be. If they need to be smaller simply click the smaller button, or vice versa for bigger.
Once you have them arranged the way you want, simply order them!! When the fabric comes, wash and dry it on the cycle you normally use when washing your clothes.
Here is my favorite part of the labels. Not only are they able to go through the laundry, you can make them so you can simply iron them in your garments. This is perfect for the garments you don’t want the stitching showing on the right side of the fabric.
To do this your simply buy double sided wonder under and fuse it to the entire yard following the directions provided with the purchase of the wonder under.
Peel the backing off and then cut your labels apart.
When you want to fuse it to a garment, simply iron it in place! This method archives two things, first the ability to fuse instead of always sewing it on, and second it doesn’t fray! Win and Win!
If you don’t want to fuse the wonder under to the back, simply leave 1/4″ on each side of the label when you are designing the labels, to turn under later. When you sew the label in your clothes, turn the sides under, press, and stitch so raw edges are enclosed.
Sometimes I fuse it so it stays in place nicely then sew it on for more durability. Other times if it is something I don’t want the stitching showing, I will sew around the label to give it that sewn look, then fuse it in place! It totally depends on the garment I am sewing!
How about you? Do you make your own clothing labels or buy them somewhere?