make your own product labels

January 28, 2010

i’ve been trying to figure out how to tag my products for a while now.  everything online seemed expensive with minimum orders of 1000 or more, and i just wasn’t ready to take the plunge! so, i was really excited when i found this solution.   using printable fabric makes the job easy, affordable and quick- i made these in just a few minutes!

using printable fabric from printed treasures allows you to simply run the fabric, right through your printer.  you could use this technique for any number of personalized projects, but made my task of making tags an easy one.  your local sewing or craft store should carry this, but just in case they don’t…

there’s an alternative method! you can simply iron freezer paper to the back of any fabric you have, cut it to a printer-friendly size and run it right through.  who knew?! the freezer paper easily peels right off and you’re left with the same result.  you could then even iron it on the other side to make double-sided labels.

this is my sheet of 30 labels, and i made sure to leave plenty of room at the top for sewing them in to my seam.

tagging your items are an important step in selling, especially if you’re filling wholesale or consignment orders.  letting the customer know where the product came from and how to find it again is so important.  and, tagging helps keep your business fresh in the mind of your consumers!

i used pinking shears to cut them out so as to prevent the sides from raveling.  you could also stitch around them to prevent fraying.

sewn right into the seam of my aprons, it makes the task of tagging a cinch!

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  • Love this idea! I have done this many times and it has saved me a lot of money plus I can change my style whenever I feel like it.

  • hi everyone! this is from monica:

    Bonnie,
    Love your blog, its a daily read for me. Just wanted to pass on who I use for sewing labels. Jennifers Jewels on Etsy (jennifersjewels.etsy.com) The price is really reasonable (90 for $25). The labels are awesome, they don’t fray and they hold up wash after wash and she can do different designs.
    Thanks for blogging!!

    make sure to check jennifer’s shop out- it’s amazing!

  • Hi!
    Making your own is a wonderful idea, thanks for sharing this! I also get my tags from a wonderful seller on etsy, mommiemadeit, she does all shapes and sizes for a great price too!
    Mary

  • I have to learn how to make my own business labels some day. AND I need to get some business cards!

  • hi chaucee! what a cute etsy shop! make sure to check out moo.com for their business cards- they are the best i’ve found!

  • So cool…never knew this existed!

  • I’ve used this product and the freezer sheets. The freezer sheets took too much time ironing (you really have to steam it and hold it down to get the fabric to stick). I recently used Loomtack from your Inkbloom post (www.ink-bloom.com) and you don’t have to heat set it—it just sticks to any fabric. I recycled an white old bed sheet that I was going to give to good will to create.

  • hi lee! thank you for this! i’ve never actually used the freezer paper, so it’s nice to have your advice. also, i’m so glad you’ve tried loomtack! and, i’m glad to hear it works well, maybe i’ll give that a try next time!

    xoxo, bonnie

  • how neat! They look very nice, Bonnie.

  • I’ve been reading about this – but not from any one who’s actually done it. Can’t wait to give it a try! Thanks!

  • Just a little caution here, not all ink-jet printers use the same kind of ink. I’ve tried using the freezer paper backing for printing on regular fabric and once the item is washed, most of the ink has come out. There’s a product called Bubble Jet Set 2000 that you can use to pre-treat your fabric that will help the ink stay on the fabric and I’ve had some success with that. I’ve also had issues with different printers not liking printing on fabric and the ink cartridges getting jammed. I haven’t broken anything yet, but it does make a horrible sound!

  • I love DIY websites…really helpful. but for serious printing, I go to a label expert to save money, energy and time… http://www.adstiklabels.com.au/

  • @pepperming pinwheels: thanks for the advice! using the printed treasures is supposed to prevent the ink from washing out, but i’m glad to know that using the freezer paper may not do the same. my simple inkjet printer worked great, but it’s a good idea to test your own!

  • @Peppermint–I agree with the printers. If you are using a dye-based inkjet, the inks will surely wash out. However, I’ve only used pigment based printers and I’ve never had a problem with inks washing out.

  • your tags look “sew” cute :)

  • Awesome!!! I am going to make some of these today!!!!

  • I’m just starting plans to sell at a flea market this will be fantastic for such small orders.

  • That’s true! Tags are very important for any kind of product. This is because they play an important role in brand recognition especially when your items are relatively new in the market. Here is reminder though. Choose tagging materials which are known for their quality if you want your products represented well in your niche for a long time.

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