fabric label tutorial

after answering bunches of emails asking how i make my fabric labels for some of my products, i figured i’d make it easier and just put it into a little tutorial!

this teeny 3/4″ label is simply hot glued on!

this is what i start with.  i get this pack of 10 sheets of printable fabric from michael’s.  i think its around $15 so i always use a 40% off coupon, because $15 is ridiculous.

then my wonderful sister designed a pretty little label for me and set up a pdf for me to just print out.  i have no idea how to do that, but i know you can use a label making template in microsoft word, and other similar applications.  just be sure that you leave room between the labels for cutting.

then i print!  i let each sheet dry for a couple minutes before handling it since it takes a bit for the ink to dry.  i peel off the paper backing, then i use my rotary cutter and mat and cut up a whole bunch of tiny little squares.  if you’re using these labels on an item that may get handled a lot, you may want to add fray check to your edges.  if you use these tags on an item you plan on washing, there are special instructions for that on the package: rinse fabric in cool water, let dry, then press.

and that’s it – amazing, right?  ok, maybe not so amazing, but super easy and you can even use this to personalize different projects!



  1. 2

    Thank you for sharing! I had labels made, but this would give me so many more options! You rock!

  2. 3

    Love your attention to detail! Great labels by the way, simple but perfect

  3. 4

    very helpful!

  4. 5

    Oh this is awesome. I keep thinking I’d love to do something like this for the things I knit but have just not got around to it.

    (Hope you are doing well, friend!)


  5. 6

    Great tutorial! Pictures are worth a thousand words.

    Lindsey, I wrote a post on my blog today that talks about the journey we make throughout our lives and about pressing on, to never give up through our changing seasons of life. I hope you stop by to read it and I hope it inspires and encourages some one today.

    Would you ever be willing to share the different journeys you have been on and how you view your future roads?

  6. 7

    i do the same thing for my labels, only they’re a little bigger. love that printable fabric. and you can make so many at once!

  7. 8

    Ooo, thanks for posting this! I was looking into making my own and just didn’t know how to go about it. Total awesomeness! =) Thanks again!

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    What a gift this was to see today…..was just wondering how you did it and voila! it was there….I so appreciate you sharing!

  9. 10

    So glad to see this post…I have been looking into having woven labels made up. Up until now I’ve been making all of mine with the iron on transfer paper and twill tape, but I’m ready for a change! I might have to try the printable cotton before I hire out…thanks!

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    Hate to say this but there is a less expensive way…LOL!!!

    Take freezer paper and cut it to the 8 1/2 X 11 size (paper size) and iron it on the back of your white muslin. Cut it out and run it through the printer. It is more time consuming but…much cheaper.

    Otherwise, very cool posting!!!!

  11. 13

    Wow that’s great, thank for sharing!

  12. 14

    Thanks for this tutorial! I’ve known for a while I should be adding labels to my projects but have been avoiding it since I didn’t know exactly where to start.

  13. 15

    This was the exact tutorial I needed!! I’ve been doing research on labels but I’ve found NOTHING in that price range!! Thank you, thank you thank you!

  14. 16

    I do this same thing for all of my tags, but use fabric adhesive on the back… it comes on a roll and is the perfect size for my 1 inchers! My larger ones that go in garments and on handbags get the iron on treatment! I, like you, have a dear friend who designed mine for free… aren’t graphic designer friends and family the GREATEST?!

  15. 17

    so COOL! who knew you could print such professional looking labels?

  16. 18

    Thanks for sharing!
    I need to make labels but haven’t gotten around to it.
    This looks pretty easy though!

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    Thanks for sharing your crafty secrets with us! I look forward to giving this try soon. You are so inspiring!

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    I love this! Thanks for sharing! Is that what everyone is doing, adding both the pin and clip? I will need to change mine. :)

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