Monday, October 4, 2010

How to make fabric sew in labels {with out a printer!}

Here I go, all giving away my secrets and stuff. This is a pretty awesome secret, I have to say, when I discovered I could do this it CHANGED MY LIFE and saved me millions of dollars. Ok, fine, not millions, but hundreds at LEAST and could easily be thousands. Okay enough about that, you get the point.

This blog post is about how I make fabric sew in labels for my trees, hats, fanny packs, keychains.... EVERYTHING. The BEST thing about making tags using this method is that you can customize each and every tag/label specific to the item you will be putting it on. Say it with me........ yaaayyyy!

This is what you need:
* bias tape, ribbons, trims, fabric pieces.... etc....
* a stamp {with your name, logo or whatever you want on the label}
* oil based stamp pad / pigment stamp pad (nooooo
* scissors
* umm, nope, thats it

OKAY I know you are sitting there with all your materials ready so ill get on with it.
FIRST choose the fabric and/or ribbon you want to print your name or logo onto. It can be ALMOST be anything, ribbon, strips of fabric, bias tape, whathaveyou (although waterproof-ish materials don't work so good). You want the ink to be able to absorb into the fabric a little bit. (twill works GREAT)

My personal favorite is store bought single fold bias tape like this! (I use it for almost everything)
{sidenote: I would recommend NOT cutting the desired length until you have already printed onto the bias tape (or whatever you choose to print on)}

Next, get your stamp.

This is my stamp, it looks REALLY funny, I know. To make my stamp, I used a Clover felting needle case (this is not really the right way to mount the stamps, but im cheap, so it will do) and those fabulous Martha Stewart stamp letters that you pull apart and make your own words with (there probably is a name for them, but I don't pay attention to such things, clearly) you can buy some at Michael's. (In the paper craft section) There are proper blocks for mounting the stamps on that you can also purchase, coincidentally, at Michael's.  The moral of the story: your stamp does NOT need to look this ghetto.

Once you have your stamp all sorted out, bust out that fancy stamp pad and start stamping until your heart is content.

For making multiple labels on one strip of ribbon or fabric, I have found that spacing the stamps about 2.5 inches apart from each other leaves plenty of room to cut and sew around the whole label.

Last but certainly NOT least, cut out your tag and sew it into your stuffed unicorn. (SO sweet of you to make me a stuffed unicorn! Please send to 333 Magicalforest lane, LaLaLand, Ca 90042)

Here are some examples of labels I have printed on random bits of ribbon, bias tape and fabric I have found laying around. The options truly are endless, and it is really nice to not have to rely on someone else to make your labels.

Here are some examples of how i use my home made labels 

ear hat
fanny pack

tote bags
Now, go knock yourself out! Feel free to leave any questions in the comments below!

P.S. need a custom stamp? or ink? There are many stamp makers on etsy! You would be surprised how affordable they are! Here are a few sellers i found with a simple search:



Campfire Chic said...

Nice! Thanks for including resources.

우리Ladies said...

This is amazing and the result even better than we order from supplier :D Thanks for sharing!

halfstitched said...

What a great idea. I never thought of using bias tape.s

paula said...

lovely im sharing this post in my facebook page... take a look here
i think you might find my blog interesting. Thanks for the great tutorial!

Steph said...

This is awesome. I love it! Thanks so much. Love this blog!

Rachel G said...

Thank you for this fabulous idea! Do you think writing on the ribbon with permanent marker may work as well? I am trying to find a cheap solution for labeling all my son's clothes and soft goods for daycare and this is perfect!

tina rodas said...

Hi Rachel! Permanent marker would work. It would work best on a more natural fiber. Sometimes synthetic fibers are a little "waterproof" and do not absorb the ink very well. As another option you could buy a pack of fabric markers from any craft store. They usually come in different colors and could be fun to play with. :)

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for this! Very Helpful! Have your tried washing your items to see how the label holds? I am wondering if they would smear in the wash.

journa liz ramirez said...

Thank you so much for this! Great information and tutorial! I featured this in my blog:

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