Easy Fabric Labels
If you sew or knit, you no doubt have seen the pretty labels you can order that include your name or a custom logo. While these labels are attractive, they can also be very expensive. And when ordering labels of this type, you may be faced with some restrictions on size, design and type fonts.
I wanted more flexibility on design and price, so I decided to find a way to create them myself. Although I previously published an article on making fabric labels using printable fabric sheets with your computer, I soon discovered that the printer images fade when washed.
The labels on this page (except “Just Hatched”) were created using .75” wide twill tape. It comes in several colors and sizes and is very inexpensive. The tape has two no-fray edges along it’s length which eliminates the need for hemming.
This is definitely the cheapest way to create labels that hold their color. Add the design and font you want using a custom stencil and acrylic paint. Hole punches come in many image styles that can be used to create stencils. I used a standard hole punch and card stock to create the polka dot label. For the “paisley” label, I painted the design on the tape then added the lettering. The design possibilities are as vast as your imagination.
BEFORE PAINTING, ALWAYS WASH AND DRY FABRIC (WITHOUT FABRIC SOFTENER). DURING PAINTING, COVER EXPOSED FABRIC TO PREVENT ACCIDENTAL OVER SPRAY. ALLOW PAINT TO DRY BETWEEN STEPS.
step 1 - CREATE YOUR LOGO - Use Photoshop or similar design program to create your logo. Simple designs work best, especially on small labels.
step 2 - CREATE YOUR STENCIL - Use the stencil material of your choice and make a single stencil or a strip with the logo repeated several times. If you’re cutting stencils with a craft knife, it will require patience to cut out the details of small lettering for your logo. When using blank stencil sheets, a stencil cutter will allow you to cut smoothly around curves. You may choose to order custom stencils. Search the web for sites offering custom stencils. A minimal cost would be about $10 but once you have your stencil it will pay for itself many times over. I used a stencil cutting machine to create my labels. It offers many possibilities for design and small lettering.
step 3 - PAINT YOUR LABELS - Align your stencil onto the twill tape. Allow at least .50” on each side of the logo for hemming. Using an airbrush or spray can, apply a light coat of color to the tape. If you saturate the tape the image edges may blur. Let dry and remove the stencil.
step 4 - SET THE PAINT - Follow the instructions on your paint container for setting the paint so it will not fade when washed. This usually means waiting 24 hours, then setting the paint with a dry iron.
- sewing notions
- twill tape
- stencil material
- acrylic fabric paint
- painters tape
- Aztek Airbrush
acrylic airbrush paint