I’ve wanted to add labels to my clothing for awhile and have been searching for the most cost effective (and simple) way to do it; however, most of the options available were either too expensive considering I’m not pushing out 100′s of garments per month or they were just too time consuming. A few weeks ago I was doin’ my casual stroll through the halls of Pinterest and stumbled upon a few awesome pins for making your own clothing labels using the fabric company Spoonflower. This was the easiest process ever. I created my labels online in less than 30 minutes, paid less than $12 and had my labels on my doorstep in just a little over a week!
Here’s how I did it:
Step One: Design your labels Depending on the details of your label, you can start with a word processing program like Microsoft Word if you’re using words only, or if you are including graphics in your design, I suggest using a graphic design or image editing software (photoshop, illustrator, etc.) that produces a jpeg image. I chose picmonkey.com for this project. It’s fast, simple to use and free!
I designed two labels. One for girls and one for boys:
Step 2: Upload. Once your design has been saved to your computer, upload your artwork to Spoonflower. If you don’t already have an account, set one up and sign in. Once signed in, click on the tab “CREATE”
Using the browse button, find your artwork and click on the “UPLOAD FILE” button.
Step 3: Adjust your label size. The next page will show how your labels will be printed. Using the rulers provided measure the size of your labels and make any adjustments necessary using the “DESIGN SIZE: (Edit This)” link. I’d recommend a seam allowance of at least ½” around each label. My labels are pretty large so my seam allowance is about ¼”. It made the ironing more challenging but it still worked.
My final label measurement was 2.4 x 1.6″ before ironing.
Step 4: Finalize your selection. Select your fabric type and size and add to your cart. Here’s a nice hint: Fabric swatches are 8×8″ and cost $5.00 no matter what type of fabric you choose. I purchased 2 swatches (linen/canvas) and paid $1 for shipping for a grand total of $11!!! I ended up with 30 labels, so, including shipping, I paid about 37¢ per label. If you make your labels smaller than mine, more will fit on the fabric and you’ll save even more money per label.
This is what my labels looked like when they arrived:
They really do look fantastic in person.
Sewing Your Labels
1) Cut. Carefully cut out your labels making sure that you leave enough space around each label to fold under
3) Sew. I found it easier to iron 2 opposite sides, sew, and then iron the other two sides and sew.
4) Find a cute spot for your labels and sew away!
Here are some other crafty ladies who’ve found success using Spoonflower for their labels. You might find some extra hints or suggestions to make your label making experience even better:
See Kate Sew (uses a cardboard insert to shape her labels when ironing)
Things for Boys (printed her labels on the bias to avoid raveling)
Noise Tea Academy (uses a bias tape maker for her labels)
Shelly Made (great tutorial for creating labels to sew into the interior of a garment like waistbands, neckbands, etc)
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