300 clothing labels for $20

clothing labels for the masses
tutorial

My most frequently asked question is about my clothing labels. Where did you get them? Did you make them?


I did make them. And it was really easy. And the price was right. You can’t beat $20 for this many quality clothing labels and that’s a fact!

I’ve also made lots of promises that I was going to tell you my secret and make a tutorial. It’s only taken a few months :) 


So here it is. If you are looking to brand your product to sell, or just for fun, this is a great way to start out at a low cost. Clothing labels aren’t cheap. The nice woven ones usually cost at least .50 cents each, and you normally have to order a bazillion.(Total cost: half a bazillion dollars!) So this will get you started. It really is fun to add a little touch of you to each thing you make. 

These labels are great because: you can print in FULL COLOR! You can use your logo, words, pictures, whatever. They are 100% washable and colorfast. Plus they look legit. Bonus: they are made in AMERICA because YOU make them.


They aren’t so great because: you have to make them (it takes TIME) and you might burn your fingers with the iron. No biggie. Just be careful. 


I used Spoonflower to print my fabric. But first I calculated out how big I wanted the labels to be and created a logo in Photoshop (You can use other editing software but it has to be able to size your label precisely in inches or centimeters.) Your file needs to be exact.


When you are calculating out how big the label needs to be make sure to add 1/2″ on all sides so you can iron the edges over later.


Then upload your image to Spoonflower. Choose basic repeat to make them easy to cut out later.



Order your fabric. If you want to test it you can just get a fat quarter or swatch.

When it comes, rip it open, jump for joy and revel in your new fabric with your logo all over it! 

Then throw it in the washer. When it’s all done, iron it flat.

Then cut out each label.

To make ironing the edges over easier, cut a thin piece of cardboard to the exact size you want your finished label to be. 

Use it as a template for ironing the edges over. Iron the top and bottom over first. 

Then fold the corners in on the sides and fold over the sides and press down. 

Now you can sew up the edges and leave it waiting or just press it really well and let it sit until you need it. I like to put a few pins in the keep the edges straight.

Sew close to the edge, just to make sure the edges stay where you want them.

DONE!

Now go sew it onto your smashed ruffle clutch:

quilt:
And anything else you can get your hands on!

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Comments

  1. says

    Oh wow girl, this was a great tutorial. So how long does it take to iron and sew 300 labels??? Do you do them all at once, or one at a time as needed. Gosh it sure does beat saving $130.00.

    Thanks so much Kate, you are awesome for sharing your little secret.

    Hugs,

    Bella :) Bella Before and After

  2. says

    I love this! Not thinking of selling anything but they would be nice to put on things I make as gifts!

  3. says

    That’s such a great idea. Is there any reason you sew the edges of the labels in advance rather than just sewing them down when you put it on the product?

  4. says

    Thanks for the directions. You are always so helpful. Now I just need to learn how to create a good logo without having photoshop. This is where my tech savvy FAILS.

  5. says

    wow! they look really nice! a lot of work though! maybe it would not look bad if you just cut them and sew them as is!
    cheers,
    Sibylle (fun.kyti.me)

  6. says

    Love this! I absolutely love your labels. Love that lil birdie perched on the K.

  7. says

    You’re not going to believe that I have been looking and looking for a tutorial on how to do this! I’ve been trying to figure out how I want to put my name on my knit/crochet items using Photoshop & Illustrator and this IS IT :) Yay!!! I couldn’t figure out what kind of paper my logo needed to be printed on in order to sew it on the finished product, but this is even better! I love the idea of using Spoonflower! Thank you!!!

  8. says

    Nice work! I have never heard of spoonflower, but it sounds great!! Thanks for the info! Oh…i am also one of your newest followers :)

  9. says

    Great idea! I wonder if it would also work to have it printed on canvas or twill and just put fray check on the edges? It seems like a lot of labels are printed on twill, etc. and it sure would be nice to skip all that ironing and sewing! :)

  10. says

    thankyou thankyou thankyou thankyou, dear friend!!!! so excited to make mine :]

  11. says

    Your labels look fantastic! I have never used spoonflower before. Or photoshop. Clearly I am living in the 18th century. :)

  12. says

    Thank you SO much for sharing. I use Spoonflower, too. This is an excellent idea that I can’t wait to try. Thank you for sharing.
    Have a fun day!
    Joan

  13. says

    I just found your blog and was going to ask how you did your labels. I am definitely going to give this a try. Thanks for sharing.

  14. says

    That is such a great idea! I have used fabric sheets and printed them on my inkjet, but I always worry they will fade after several washing.

  15. says

    sweet tute! thanks for sharing….best diy labels I’ve seen…nice and crisp colors! I might cut them into long strips of labels and iron the tops and bottoms that way, then cut into individual labels and iron the sides…..might save yourself a few burns that way :)

  16. says

    Thanks for such a great idea! I’m with Sarah though-I’d cut them out in strips and iron top and bottom and then sew them, then cut them in smaller pieces and iron and sew sides. (or vice versa) Although yours look prettier all sewn at once…..choices, choices!

  17. says

    LOOVE this idea. Definately on my to do list. I don’t sell things either, but I do gift ALOT! How about instead of cutting each label out individually, you cut them into one long strip, and feed it through a bias tape making thing, THEN cut and finish the sides?! just a suggestion. WHEN I design my logo, and try this tute for myself, I think i’m going to try the bias tape thingy! Thanks!

  18. says

    Thanks for the idea! What about printable fabric? I’ve wanted to try making my own labels and thought printable fabric would work…I haven’t checked out the fabric though so it might not be soft enough for what I need. Thoughts?

  19. says

    LOOOVE this idea! I don’t sell items, but I gift alot! Would love to try this myself. First I need to actually design a logo, then I can follow your instructions, and have some sweet labels! just a suggestion though, how about instead of cutting each label out individually , you cut them into long strips, and feed them into a bias tape thing, iron, AND THEN cut each label out, and finish the sides!? Make sense? WHEN I try this tutorial, I think i’m going to try the bias tape thingy too.

  20. says

    Great idea and thanks so much for the tutorial. I would love it if you would link this up to my Marvelous Mess party. Each party I pick one project to feature on my sidebar for a week!! Here is the link: http://bit.ly/i5BHt8

  21. says

    Instead of photoshop you can create your logo using a program called GIMP, which you can download via Portableapps.com. It’s free and has nearly all the functionalities that Photoshop has. If you need any more info, drop me an email

  22. says

    Brilliant! I love it when I come across a tutorial that is so common sense that I never would have thought of it. Isn’t it funny how the brain works that way? Like you can only do something one way because it’s the only way you know, until someone (like yoooooooooooooou) comes along with something so profoundly simple and awesome that the whole world just changes. Thank you for this! I’d never thought to use Spoonflower for mass printing. :) xoxo

  23. says

    Oh you just made my day/week/year! I’ve been trying to decide on who to use for a vendor for labels and they are all so expensive!! This is PERFECT!!

  24. says

    BRILLIANT! Thanks for sharing that, I’ve been wanting to make labels for ages, and couldn’t get the colour ink from my basic computer printer to hold through the wash! You’ve solved my problem- thank you!
    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!

    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

  25. says

    Oh My, those are the cutest lables ever. You did amzing, thanks for sharing.. Just Darling -happy new follower. Thanks for sharing ideas-inspiration
    Karryann

  26. says

    Thank you thank you thank you . I have been trying to figure out how to make my labels.

  27. says

    I’m here for 2 reasons…
    I come on over from The Girl Creative Blog Hop and I had to tell you I ordered me some labels today.
    Now if you could just teach me how to sew…..

  28. says

    As wonderful as your tute is, I am totally computer-challenged but have been wanting to make a bunch. I’ve been making them by hand as I need them, but it’s a pain and they don’t have anything cute on them. I’m going to see if I can get my daughter to check your tute out and make them for me! Thanks a bunch!

  29. says

    this is great! and i love the gdiaper inserts… now that i have a serger on my hands with baby #2 coming… i can make my own!!! brilliant!

    thanks for sharing!!!

  30. says

    the size of your labels are perfect for what i would like for mine. but i cant figure it out by just looking at ur screenshot of spoonflower! i have tried so many times lol! please help! what were your dimensions for your label in photoshop??

  31. says

    Hi! Just wanted to let you know I just did this and it is awesome! I made a baby robe for my best friend’s little boy turning 1 and sewed in my first label. Looks so professional. I love it. Thanks for the idea. : )

  32. says

    nice! I am definitely making my labels like this. have you tried using pinking shears to cut the labels?? that could help with the fraying and it gives it a raw-edge look. beats the ironing.

  33. says

    Kudos to you! such a smart idea of using Spoonflower! Love it, and have to give it a try soon!

  34. says

    Fabulous idea! I wanted some labels but did not want to special order them because of cost. Now all I need is a catchy phrase and then I’m off to make some!

  35. says

    Love the clothing labels! You are very talented and creative. Thanks for sharing your secrets. Robin therobinbirdsnest.blogspot.com

  36. says

    Thank you!!! Ive been looking for labels for my projects! what size do you have on photoshop?? i did mine at 1.75 x 1.75 inch

  37. says

    This is so neat! I’ve seen things like this around the internet for months, & kept thinking “I’d really like to do that”. Today I actually went for it, got my design made in Gimp & I’m about to purchase my ‘test swatch’! Spoonflower is a really cool site, & especially for this use – it’s so cheap! $6 for over 100 labels? WIN! Thanks so much for this wonderful idea!

  38. says

    Thank you so much for the tip and great tutorial! I just placed my order in Spoonflower and hope to receive the fabric in few weeks time… Self-made labels will be just way much cooler than those expensive ones that also I was about to order before I found your blog post!

  39. Anonymous says

    Seems like it would work to cut in horizontal strips, fold over top and bottom and stitch, then cut each label on the vertical edge. The sew each shorter side? Isn’t there a way to continually stitch, even if you’re stitching two separate pieces? Not a sewer, more of an engineer but just thought I’d pop in my two cents …

  40. says

    Absolutely awesome and thank you ever so for this! I am in need of labels but don’t have bazillions so I was going to be in trouble. You saved the day! I appreciate it.

  41. says

    Hi Kate, I’ve just used this tutorial to make these labels. Thanks! Though i found it easier to use double sided interfacing. It made it so easier to fold back the edges. Thanks again.

  42. says

    Beautiful, except that I’ll use pinking shears to cut out. I don’t have the patience to iron and sew 300 tiny labels! You, on the other hand, are amazing!

  43. says

    KATE, I LOVE YOU because I am doing this as soon as I can get my act together and design a logo, but have one small suggestion…or big if it works. :)
    What about putting your text DIAGONALLY on fabric so all your labels would be cut on the bias, minimal raveling no stitching required unless desired. Am thinking about just stitching all the lines top, bottom, both sides while fabric is whole then use a rotary cutter, or have them printed with label borders lines, wavy or straight and cut them apart leaving 3/16 or so raw all the way around label. Could be stitched or not, and wouldn’t ravel beyond stitching or very far if not stitched because of the bias?? Is just a thought !?! I am going to try it any way. I can waste 20 dollars easier than I can a half a bazzillion on labels printed overseas. And if the first few I cut off on one corner to experiment with don’t work out, I can use the fabric to line a totebag or something. Spoonflower is GREAT, I bought fabric from them before!!! Have a great day…I’m off to scribble out some ideas ;)

  44. says

    Absolutely fabulous! I just ordered some ribbon with my “logo” on it, and I like it, but I will like this much better! Thanks for the idea, absolutely genius!

  45. says

    Kate, Can you please tell me the size that you created in photoshop? Thanks

  46. says

    Have you had any problems with the print washing off? I want to put my labels on cloth diaper so I want the labels to hold up with tons of washings.

  47. Antoinette Brierly says

    Oh my goodness! I could kiss your face for sharing this. Thank you soooo much. You are awesome.

  48. Jodi Ciampa says

    Thank you so much for sharing this… I have been looking everywhere to be able to put my logo on a label….youre a living Angel x

  49. Brenda says

    Just stumbled upon this post while searching for a place to buy labels! :) This is BRILLIANT! I’m so excited to have found this tutorial! Thank you, thank you!!