Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Making Your Own Sewing Labels - Tutorial

I've had many inquiries about how I make my clothing tags. I ran out of tags last night and needed to make some more, so I decided to take pictures along the way and post a tutorial for you all.

Materials Needed:
Cotton fabric in a light color (I use a high thread count white sheet)
Fabric Transfer Paper
Iron & Ironing Board
Scissors or Rotary Cutter, Ruler, & Cutting Mat
Computer & Printer

Set One: I'm extremely computer illiterate. So, I hope this makes some sense. Using a paint program of your choosing create your logo or company name onto a blank image approx. 1.5” long and ½” wide. Once you have your tag set up.. copy it multiple times onto a new image measuring approx 8.25” x 10.5”. You want to make sure that you leave enough space between your images to cut them apart and to attach them to your work later. How much space will depend on their intended use. I fold mine in half and put them into a seam of my work. You could also leave enough room around your whole image to sew it flat onto your work. Then flip your image so its' backwards. This step is VERY important. Here is what mine looked like on the computer:

Step Two: Print out your image onto your transfer paper. Make sure your image is reversed first and make sure you put in the paper to print on the right side. After it prints, let it dry for 30min.

Step Three: Cut out a piece of fabric just a bit larger than your transfer paper and use your iron to press out any wrinkles.

Step Four: At this point you will want to read the instructions for your specific transfer paper. Mine said that I would need my iron set to the highest setting and to press for 20 seconds. Lay your transfer paper face down on top of your fabric and press all parts. Lift one corner and see if your image is transferring... if it's not, then keep pressing.

Step Five: Let it cool completely before you lift the backing paper off. I find this makes it easier to remove the backing paper.

Step Six:It your fabric now looks something like this, give yourself a hand! Your almost done. Now, all that's left to do is cut them apart. I use my rotary cutter. This makes it go very fast. If you don't have one, don't worry. Just use good ol' scissors. Here is my finished labels ready to go.

I hope this tutorial was helpful. Happy tag making!


Ally said...

Just wanted to let you know that I found your blog through your post on craftster about your felt food.(which I love & hope to make my boys some)

I love your blog, it is so much fun reading your posts. You have great craft skills!

I mainly crochet but I'm teaching myself to knit I have done a little bit of sewing. Your blog is an inspiration!

bperry042 said...

Thanks so much! I'm glad that you are enjoying my blog. Let me know if you need any help or tips to further your sewing, crochet, and knitting adventures.