How2 Tuesday: Sew-in Labels

Do you need a way to label
your lovely handmade creations?
There’s no need to place a special order for super-awesome customized tags. It’s really easy (and inexpensive) to
make your own tags, and the best part is that you can
make them look any way you want!
Here’s what you’ll need:
Reclaimed T-Shirt (any color you choose)
Printer and computer
Transfer paper for your printer
An Iron
Start by designing your tags.
A program as simple as paint will work, or you can download a free program like Gimp. Important Note: your image needs to be reversed before you print it onto your transfer paper, as the transfer produces a mirror image.

Copy and paste your image into a Word document, then tile the image to fill the entire page. Leave enough space between the images to leave an edge around each tag.
Print your tags according to the instructions for your printer transfer paper. Again, be sure that your image is reversed before you print; otherwise, your tags will be printed backwards.

Iron your tags onto the T-Shirt material, again following the instructions on your transfer paper. You can either cut the tags apart before you iron them on, or you can iron on the whole sheet and cut them apart afterwards.

Now your fully customized tags are complete!

You can stitch them into all of your wonderful creations
for an awesome finishing touch.
This tutorial is reprinted with permission from slyraccoon
Every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained in this tutorial is correct. However, due to differing conditions, tools, and individual skills, the author and publisher cannot be responsible for any injuries, losses, or other damages that may result from the use of the information posted. Any resemblance to another project or tutorial is purely coincidental.


junck said...

Wonderful tutorial and super idea! I've created T-shirts with transfer paper many times but never would have thought to create labels! Fantastic! Thanks so much for the excellent instructions.

lilgreenshop said...

Great idea for labels! I used this method once for a school project but like junck never thought to use it for labels.

Your tutorial was very clear too.
Thanks for taking the time to share.

Deborah said...

what a great idea! I have a future product that I will have to try this on. Thanks for sharing! Love your blog btw too!

erbear said...

i am an idiot - how do i tile the image? i have my logo in a text box, is that right? thanks so much for your tips -- i'm just not as computer savvy as i'd like to be. thank you!