handmade (with love) labels :: how to make your own

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When it comes to handmade gifts, especially those that are sewn, knit, quilted, or crocheted, there is nothing better than finishing off a project with a stitched-on tag. I’ve been experimenting with making my own tags, and I’m really excited to share a very easy, proven method for printing fabric tags. This idea is not my own invention, and it’s been floating around the blogosphere for awhile, but in case you haven’t seen it before, I’m here to share.

If you have an inkjet printer, freezer paper, fabric, and a bit of patience, you will be well on your way to lovely, professional-looking tags that can be stitched or sewn on just about anything. I’ll be referring to this tutorial in weeks to come, as I show you a few projects that include a printed tag. So read up, try it out, and bookmark it for later!

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:: SUPPLIES ::

freezer paper (NOT wax paper)

fabric of your choosing (Neutral in tone or bright colored if you’d like.
A smoother finish will hold more detail than something that has texture to it)

inkjet printer (NOTE: my printer is top-loading,
I have not tried using one that feeds from the bottom)

scissors (straight scissors for cutting the fabric,
and pinking shears for finishing, if you choose)

‘handmade with love’ template (download HERE!) -or-
a template of your own created in a design or word-processing program

:: DIRECTIONS ::

1) Cut freezer paper into 8.5″ x 11″ pieces and set aside.

2) Iron your fabric (should be larger than 8/5″ x 11″).

3) Now place one piece of freezer paper, shiny side down, on top the fabric.

4) Place hot iron on the dull side of the freezer paper (which should be facing up) and swiftly move iron across all surfaces until the paper is adhered to the fabric. Do not press too hard or keep the iron on the paper too long, or it will wrinkle and bubble.

5) Once the paper is sufficiently adhered to the fabric, use sharp scissors to cut along the edge of the paper, trimming so the fabric is exactly 8.5″ x 11″ (matching the size of the freezer paper and a letter-sized piece of paper).

6) Place paper-backed fabric into your printer tray, with the fabric side in position to be printed on.

7) Print your tag template using the highest quality setting on your printer. Fabric should go through easily, since it has the freezer paper to give it structure. Once the fabric has been printed on, run a hot iron over the ink to set.

8) Finally, remove freezer paper backing (it will easily peel off), trim tags with pinking shears or straight scissors, and stitch on to your handmade wares!

  1. tiffany says:

    thank you so much! i’m now happily sewing labels into christmas gifts… what a perfect finishing touch. (by the way, i’m using the backs of my husband’s old dress shirts for the fabric – works like a charm)

  2. Wahkuna says:

    Wow, these look great! I’ll have to try it out soon! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Kerry says:

    LOVE these!!!

  4. This is so clever! Thanks so much for sharing, can’t wait to give this a try!

  5. Jenn says:

    Can this be done with a laser printer? I don’t have an inkjet!

  6. Jen says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this. Just wondering, does the ink get washed out if the item ends up in the wash?

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