10.03.2011

Make your own labels cheap!



I made real clothing labels for less than $13? No really. I am not a magician... or a mime. But I don't know what that has to do with anything.


When I first thought it might be nice to have labels sewn into the things I made for my kids (mostly so my 3-year-old could know front from back) I looked into woven labels... and quickly gave that idea a big fat "Psssshaaaaa". As in, "Pshaaaaa right! That's never going to happen."  Holy crap.  Those suckers are expensive.  On top of that, there are minimums that I'll never use up on my couple-times-a-month sewing projects. Lame.


Then came See Kate Sew. I think I found her tutorial via pinterest?  Not sure. Anywho, I must credit her with this great idea and tutorial. Here's what I did.


Have you heard of Spoonflower?  They will print fabric for you.  It's awesome.  If you've ever uploaded photos to be printed and sent to your house on shutterfly or snapfish, it's pretty much the same thing... except on fabric! 


I took my blog header, and made it a jpg.  I think you can do this in Paint.  Sorry to be all fancy, but I have Illustrator and Photoshop, which I used... but seriously, it's a jpg.  You can do it in Word I think. And if you can't, Google how to convert what you have.  You don't even need a "logo".  You can just type out "Mommy made it" or something like that and save it as a jpg. Are you still reading?


Add a bunch of white space around it.  I other words... crop it with a lot of room on all sides. Maybe an inch on each side? Upload that sucker to Spoonflower.  
Once your jpg is uploaded, it should look something like this.
Now here is where I admit I messed up.  See the rulers along each edge?  And see how my design isn't even 1" long?  Yeah, I failed to pay attention to that the first time I ordered and my labels were way too small.  So... see where it says Design Size on the right?  Mess with that to make your labels the size you want.  If you still can't figure it out, upload a bigger jpg.  Like I said it took me two tries.

I ordered the quilting weight in a fat quarter. 

About a week later.... it arrived.

The one on the right is the first batch I ordered... too small!  No worries, I did it again... and lightened the yellow.  Much better.


Check out all those labels!  And you paid a grand total of $11... plus shipping, but I think my shipping was like $1.  Awesome.


Cut those suckers out.  See why we left lots of extra white space?

Iron in all 4 sides.  You'll probably burn the crap out of your fingers on this step. : )


Stitch all the way around.

Done!  I think my total cost is less than 6 cents a piece.  I ordered a fat quarter... you could order a yard too but that's a crazy amount of labels : )  Let me know how it goes!





32 comments :

  1. I absolutely LOVE these. When it comes time for me to get some printed I will definitely chat with you!!!

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  2. Love this idea.Saw Sew Kate Sews and yours are sweet too.They sometimes have a freebie swatch day for a 8x10 swatch to try it out.Sign up for email updates.

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  3. Ps...I am now a follower, and pinned your post on Pinterest :)

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  4. Thanks Angie! Love your blog! Great handbags and nice to see your process : ) New follower.

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  5. Awww, where were you a few weeks ago. I'm definitely doing this next time to sew onto my purses.

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  6. These labels are fabulous!! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  7. Goose... just saw the Sugar Rush Creative site... love it. Your work is really great and the site is so clean. : )

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  8. You did a great job on your second try. The logo looks a lot better with the brighter shade of yellow and the enlarged image. =)

    Regards,
    Granville Lochrico

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  9. Do they wash well? I had printed labels made and the logo faded a lot after washing. These would be great for me if they don't fade.

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    1. Hi! So I have one of these labels on a skirt I made for my daughter. She's worn that thing through dirt and daycare many times and it's been washed many times as a result. I don't see any fading so far! That said, my labels are mostly white with a little color. I'm sure if you did an all over dark red or something you might see a difference. Hope that helps. So far so good... no fading! Thanks - Sarah

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  10. these are adorable! I just found you via Pinterest, someone had posted your kaleidoscope quilt. I recognized it right away as the one I had seen on Film on the Fridge. I have daydreamed about making it but it looked difficult. You made it sound so easy! I am going to try it next week. Thank you so much :)

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    1. Sorry it took me so long to respond! Thanks! And I hope it's going well. It was my first quilt too... you can do it!

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  11. What was the actual size your ordered for your labels?

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    1. I bought a fat quarter, and the actual labels when printed out are about a half inch by one and a half inches. Does that help?

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    1. Welcome! Way better than spending hundreds on professionally printed labels!

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  13. Another idea would be to back the labels with plain fabric, then sew a square around each label and cut out with pinking shears or rotary blade. Kind of a primitive look. Thanks for posting these.
    trudie

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    1. Welcome! Great idea! Or you could use Heat N Bond. : ) Thanks for the idea... that would be easier.

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  14. Awesome! Thanks so much for the idea, it is so much easier!!

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  15. you can print your own labels onto fabric at home!! You just need freezer paper. Cut a piece of freezer paper to letter size and then iron onto the back of your piece of fabric, cut fabric to size and it will run through your normal printer no problem. You may need to experiment a couple of prints the get the amount of ink correct as in draft, normal or best. Hope this helps too.

    Wendy

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  17. The labels can be manufactured separately, or on a sheet or on a roll as per the requirement of the customer. Different properties are considered when making the custom printed labels perth.

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  18. Wow this is so neat! I have been looking for a source! THANK YOU! (though I am not sure I can figure it out on the first try either)
    Linda
    mysewwhatblog.blogspot.com

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  19. Hi, I have another idea.... I bought a pack of inkjet fabric sheets. Then I printed my labels on the computer and then printed them out. Soooo easy. They are washable too, because I ironed the labels with a hot iron and that seemed to have sealed the ink. Now I have professional labels for my clothing range.
    Hugs, joey

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  20. I would like mine printed on yellow fabric. Can I choose the color or is it always white?

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  21. it doesn´t erase when you wash the clothe?

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    2. Hi. Not at all. My daughter has a skirt I made that's probably two years old that has one of these labels in it. It's been washed dozens of times and I can't tell that there has been any fading. They hold up really well!

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