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fabric labels :: a tutorial

I have received nearly a hundred emails over the last couple of years from sewers and quilters asking where I get my labels. Instead of explaining (nearly) every time (sorry if I haven't gotten back to you!) I thought I would put together my first tutorial. Here goes nothing...

Supplies: 1.25 inch Rug binding or twill tape-there is an adhesive variety, do not purchase this...we need to iron our labels and it simply won't work for our purposes.
Stamp Pad- I use an acid free pad intended for paper
Iron with steam

Begin by cutting your twill tape to desired length. It should extend about 1 inch past your text and logo, mine tend to be about 3 inches (If you're making a mass quantity I recommend cutting and stamping one before you cut them all and realize that it is too short).

Once the ink has dried (usually just a couple of minutes), take a hot iron to them to heat set the ink. I have never had a problem with ink transferring to my iron, but if you are worried you may choose to use a pressing cloth.

Fold the ends back at least 1/4 inch and press

Get out the Heat n' Bond and cut 1 inch strips

One side is a smooth paper, and the other side is a rough adhesive.

Cut to the length of your label and iron with steam the rough side of the Heat n' Bond to the back of your label.

When you are ready to use your label simply peel off the paper to reveal the fusible surface.
I use a steamy hot iron to attach the label to my products, I then stitch around the perimeter of the label to reinforce the hold. I have never encountered any problems with this method and enjoy the homespun look of them.

I purchased my "Hand Made" stamp from The Small Object she has great stuff!

I hope this tutorial is clear, let me know if there is something that I've missed.

I will answer any incoming questions in the comment section so that everyone can benefit...

Good luck and go make something!

Please Note: I do not make any claims regarding the longevity of the ink used in this method of label-making with repeated washings. These labels may not be suitable for garments or other items requiring routine machine washing. You may wish to seek out permanent stamp pads designed for use with fabric. 


Kristen said...

Thank you for this tutorial!! I have been wanting labels for my quilts but was unsure of what to do. These labels are perfect! I can't wait to make some!

RosaMaría said...

great tutorial!! thanks!
I need make some of those!

such said...

Love it. Thanks for the Tute! Perfect timing bc am about to make labels using an old pink penguin tutorial. Yours is easy-peasey however. And easy is good!

Noas' Libellule said...

Great tutorial, thanks for sharing!

Joanne Huffman said...

perfectly written and clearly understandable tutorial.

Terriaw said...

Cool tutorial! How fun to get a sneak peak inside your secret to these adorable labels. Love your technique, so thank you for sharing!

anne said...

thanks for sharing your label-making method!!

angela said...


My JoAnns seems to refuse to carry twill tape - Thanks for the idea of Rug Binding!

Anna said...

definitely trying these erica. :) love these so much

Cindy Lou in Georgia said...

Thanks for the tutorial! I can't wait to make my own labels.

michelle said...

Thank you for the wonderful tutorial! Can these labels be washed?

erica said...

Thanks Michelle (and all you fabulous ladies)! I wash my labels all the time and haven't had any issues...hope this method works for you :)

Lillabilly said...

Great tute...I'd really like to know what brand of ink you are using?

Rachel Harwood said...

Awesome! Thanks for your tutorial!

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MariQuilts said...

Great labels!

Cristin said...

Thats EXACTLY how I make my labels too... besides the heatNbond on the back, which I will have to try! Excellent idea! ;-)

lej619 said...

can't say thanks enough. i have longed to make these but just did not have the first step on how to do it. Now i know and can do it my self. you could even us muslin. thanks again!!

Tom said...

Thanks for this awesome info! What brand ink do you use?

erica said...

Thanks for all the kind words everyone!

There have been a couple of questions about the type of ink that I use...

I use a regular old stamp pad intended for scrapbooking! Who knew?
I use "Memories" acid free Dye Inkpad
and "ColorBox" Fluid chalk inkpad. I have been successful with each brand, so I don't think it matters which brand you use.

Good luck and stamp 'em up!
CB Handmade

Little Bluebell (Adrianne) said...

Great tutorial and super cute labels!!

Jennifer at Ellison Lane Quilts said...

Great tutorial! I am definitely going to give this a try as I am terribly remiss in labeling my quilts! Thanks!

FMiddlemiss said...

great tutorial! Thankyou!
One question to they with stand repetative washing and drying?

Andy said...

Thank you for the tutorial - I'm on my way out the door to find some twill tape!

Jennifer said...

Have you ever had the ink was off the label after washing the quilt multiple times?

Anonymous said...

thanks so much for sharing with us, really appreciate it, was also wondering if the ink washes out? i noticed the last person (i read thru all the post, looking for the answer), was also wondering. am presuming it does not .....

tamela said...

Great tutorial!! I've always wanted to get my own labels but couldn't afford to get them printed by the 100s. I love how simple and sweet these labels are, definitely going to take some tips!! Thank you!

Anonymous said...

I was wondering if these are washer safe or will the ink fade?

boston blinds said...

Great tutorial, super cute labels!

Queen Tamara said...

Awesome! Thank you for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Awesome~~ I was also wanting to know about washing and drying numerious times..

Julie Bagamary said...

GREAT idea.

Betty Romig said...

Thank you so much. I am a newby and need all the help I can get.

Anonymous said...

Where did you find the twill tape? We only have a Hobby Lobby and I did not find any there.

erica said...

Hello All, I hope you have a lot of success with these! Just stopping in to answer a couple of questions.

- I have not had issue with fading ink after multiple washings, but this may be an issue for some purposes. I use them mainly on quilts and bags. How often do we wash bags, and I try not to over-wash quilts...

- I purchased my Rug Binding at Hobby Lobby, it is about $5.00 (and you can always use a coupon). It can be located in the crochet section, hanging on the wall. Or ask someone ;)

-JoAnn's also sells Twill Tape in the by the yard ribbon section (at least mine does)

Good Luck!

CB Handmade

Anonymous said...

Thank you sooooooo much!! :DDD

Kreativekitty said...

Thank you for your help with this. I have wanted to put labels on my knitted products. I am excited to get to working on this project!

Kathryn Embree said...

You can make your own stamp with you Cricut and the stamp blank material. Use your deep blade, slow, not too detailed works best. Mine turned out really good, I'm impressed!!

Tracy said...

FYI to anyone that wants to wash something with these labels on items... Using a regular stamp ink pad doesn't stay on through washing, it comes off completely. I'm getting one made for fabric and is permanent.

Anonymous said...

I was just wondering if you could explain (clarify) how I can make a stamp using a cricut? For some reason I'm not understanding what you mean. :-P Thanks!

Trang Lam said...

i really love this tutorial.
I have a question, what for fabric are you using to stamp on? Is it cotton fabric? Hope u answer my question.


Maria said...

This tutorial is just perfect. Thanks so much.

Shannon said...

I found Bondex brand Twill Rug & Canvas Binding. I hope this will work though it has a shiny back. I found this at Joanns in the 'patches' area. They did not have the very specific Rug Binding by MCG Textiles. Any ideas if the type I found will work? Thanks!

Shannon said...

When stamping any clothing, I use a permanent ink pad specifically for fabric. Over time it will eventually fade but not nearly as fast as using a regular ink pad for items that will be routinely laundered. Something to think about.

erica said...

Shannon, thanks for the tip on the ink! I have not tried the brand of rug binding you found, so I can only speculate. It sounds like it has an adhesive on it so I would test it out on a fabric first and use a pressing cloth if you use an iron to avoid gumming up the plate of your iron. Let us know it works for you after you've tried it! Thanks for stopping by!

Sandy Campbell said...

Thanks so much!! I will give all the tips a try! Sandy

Tiffanie Jewett said...

Do you know what the cost per tag comes out to be?

kim said...

You can also design a tag on your computer and print it on the special paper which transfers to fabric. Follow the instructions on the packet. I found mind at Office Max.

Anonymous said...

YOU ROCK!!!! Just sayin'

Anne said...

What a perfectly brilliant idea - the tutorial makes it so ' I can do' able' that at last I'll finally make something I've loved on Pinterest - hooray and many thanks for the great inspiration Erica

Sew Into This said...

This is awesome! Thank you for posting.

Gina said...

Great idea and looking forward to the next tutorial!

Katrina said...

yay for handmade!

TerryH said...

Love these type of fabric labels.
Thank you for sharing your 'how-to' so we can all be as creative as you.

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