Wednesday, April 17, 2013

DIY Clothing Labels

Ever since "Little Miss" could dress herself, I have been meaning to order labels for the clothes I make for her. Especially when putting on pants, she would ask "Where is the tag?" so she could know which side goes to the back.

I did a few searches on purchasing custom labels and found the minimum volume required generally exceeded my needs. I don't need 1000! That is just too much pressure! I have enough trouble busting my stash on a small scale! To remedy this problem, I would simply sew a bit of ribbon into the casing and call it a day.

I have been working on a project using photo transfer paper that gave me an idea for custom labels!
Photo Transfer Paper
I used Microsoft Publisher to create my label as though I were making a mailing label. You can adjust the size to fit your needs and print them based on the instructions of your transfer paper. If you have text on your label, type it as usual, but be sure to adjust the print properties to "mirror". This way your text appears the correct way when transferred.

I had 1-inch twill tape on hand and decided to use it as the base for my label.
Twill tape

Printed images (be sure to mirror the text)
Cut a label and iron based on the instructions of your transfer paper and voila!  
Custom labels ready to be sewn into completed garments

So easy, I made a few variations!

I am so happy with the result. I didn't have to buy in bulk and I can mix it up if I choose! Step your sewing up a bit with custom labels!

Happy Sewing!


  1. I've got to do it. Yours are so cute! Where did you find the images? Or did you make them yourself?

    1. Thanks! My sister bought the license for the images when she designed my layout.

  2. Thank you THANK YOU! This is the most wonderful idea!

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