Make Your Very Own Clothing Labels


That’s right!  Well you don’t really get to make them.  You just design them and somebody else make them for you!  It’s soooo easy.  I have been waiting for this day to come!  I finally have my very own labels!  Now I get to sew for my baby and put my name on my creations.  Here they are…

Aren’t they pretty???  That’s 300 labels for less than $15.  That’s right!  I followed this tutorial from See Kate Sew.  All I did was create my label in Photoshop Elements, make an account in Spoonflower.com, created my own fabric by inserting my label image, selected the fabric and size, waited for about a week, and voila!  My very own labels.  Now, while they are not professional labels and they’re not as pretty as these, they are still awesome.

So here’s what I did.  In Photoshop Elements, I opened a new file and made the image 5 cm wide by 2 cm high.  (You don’t need Photoshop software to make  your own design.  I’m sure you can design your own image using another application like Word or Powerpoint.)

I created my label in the middle center of the file to be about one inch wide and one cm high.  The extra (grey and white grid) is the space needed between labels for when you cut them.

In the Spoonflower website, I uploaded my image when creating my fabric and selected Linen-Cotton Canvas ($27/yard) for my fabric.  It’s more expensive than the Quilting weight ($18/yard) fabric.  I thought it would be nicer than the quilting weight, being linen and all, but maybe the quilting weight would have been just as nice.  I don’t know. I was a tad disappointed in the fabric I selected.  But since I selected the Fat Quarter size (27′ x 18′) for $14, it’s a good starter/sample size and still a bargain price.  I can always buy my refills in another fabric.  In the Layout options I selected the basic repeat.

Since it was my first purchase in the website, I got a discount, plus the $2 shipping, I only paid $14.60!!!  I got more than 300 labels for under $15.  That was just with a fat quarter.  Imagine all the pretty labels that come in one yard.

When they arrived in my mailbox, I quickly wanted to start using them on everything.  So I serged the fabric edge (with my brand new serger), put it to wash, and (unsuccessfully) ironed it.  This is how they look when as one piece of fabric:

(I really need a better iron. Any recommendations?)

I used my pinking shears to cut my labels.  You can always make them look neater by cutting straight lines and ironing edges back.  I like the raw edge look that the pinking shears give them though.

Done!  That’s all there is to it.

Here’s one label on its own.  You can use the bobbins to calculate/visualize the size they come out to.

And here is one on little D’s new winter pants.  I can’t wait to have my labels on all my creations!

And on a cute little bum.

Let me know how it works for you. 🙂