June 25, 2007

Making your own labels

I've had a few people ask me about my new home made labels, so I thought I'd say a bit about it here. In the past I've used embroidered labels for my handbags and quilts. They work fine but are time consuming to make and I'm not thrilled with the way they look. I decided to try some of those printable fabric sheets. I've been wanting a small, folded label that I can use for bibs, booties and pouches.
After speaking with my friend Jenn , she uses Printed Treasures, I went ahead and picked up a pack of this printable fabric at JoAnn Fabrics. "Colorfast Sew-In Inkjet Fabric sheets by June Tailor". I've been a bit hesitant in the past to try something like this as I'm concerned about frayed edges. There are products out there to rinse your printed fabric in, but it seemed like a lot of work to me. My original plan was to make the labels big enough so that I could just turn the edges under, that's what I do with my embroidered labels. After running a sheet of these through my printer, and cutting a few, I've found that they don't fray. These are not like regular cotton fabric, they have a slight vinyl texture to them. I think this is what keeps them from fraying, and allows for a very bright and clear print. I even tried to tear them with no luck.

They're easy to use as you can see from the image, that's all the directions you get. And, as for how "Colorfast" they are, only time will tell. I haven't actually put them to the test yet. I'm going to sew one into a shirt or towel and wash it a few times to see what happens.

Hope this answers your questions about my new labels. Good luck with yours, and let me know what you use.

22 comments:

Felicia said...

Brilliant! I've been wanting to put FluffyFlowers labels on my creatures and hadn't made up my mind. I think I'll check these out :) Thanks so much for sharing!

Jenn Maruska said...

Those look like they worked really well!

Sara's Texture Crafts said...

Nice idea. I sell the normal cotton sheets for computer printing... not seen the vinyl ones. Must have a word with my supplier!

Great blog I'm linking to you now.

Sara x

nikki/WhiMSy love said...

I just saw these last night! Cool! They look really nice on your stuff!

Vanessa said...

I think these are great, I might try them out. Anyway I am tagging you, if you choose to take up the challenge you must list 7 facts/ information about yourself on your blog and then tag 7 other people or you can ignore this comment and pretend you never saw it!!
Look forward to reading your info.

Happy House Quilts said...

I have these but have not printed with them..am actually thinking of getting the pack with the fusible webbing on the back for my Hair Quilts(tm). Thanks for giving me the confidence to go try it..any recommendations for spacing? Would love you to let me know!!!

Magda said...

Hey there!
I read your post before and I was really itching to make my own labels this way. So I tried your instructions and the came out perfect! Thanks so much for sharing this info with others, this labels look way better than the ebroidered ones in my opinion. If you want, take a look how mine turned out:
http://villiku-littlething.blogspot.com/2007/08/printed-labels.html

Lucy Baker said...

Hey, thanks so much for this! I am looking to get labels but didn't want to have thousands printed! This is a fantastic idea, well done!
I am now trying to track down this product in the UK shops....

surfergrl said...

http://h71036.www7.hp.com/hho/cache/313-0-0-39-121.html

Make your own sheets to print on?! (I don't know what freezer paper is but it's a good idea!)

Leigh said...

Does the packaging say wether pigment-based printer inks (epson) will work? Some other print-on-fabric products say that pigment inks will fade badly when washed.

I really want to make some labels, but I have to use the pigment inks for my art prints.

jennie said...

I just printed mine and they look great! Thanks for the idea, this is a lot cheaper (and possibly better quality) than ones I was looking to order online!

Amy said...

This is great! Thanks for sharing!

Ansley said...

Thanks for this! You saved me.
Here is what I did:
http://bleuarts.blogspot.com/2007/10/diy-labels.html

ThePurpleSeal said...

Hi there,

I just found your blog, it has been a great read! Thought it may be of some interest to you to know, a while back i managed to find a british labels company who print many types of labels. They printed me some labels for a really low cost, i also ordered a label dispenser as i had been in need of one for a while and they were so cheap.

Greene Pastures said...

I liked the idea of using the colorfast Sew-In Inkjet Fabric sheets to make my labels. They look great. The problem is that I don't know how to cut them. I don't cut a straight line very well and the cut looks unprofessional. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks.

disa said...

I love it ! Very creative ! That's actually really cool Thanks.

Granville Lochrico said...

What a darling label! DIY labels are good start-up kits for small businesses. It will truly make your crafts more creative and personalized.

DonnaVictoria said...

Has anyone put these labels through a few normal washings to see if the ink stays set? The instructions (pink section) say "do not use detergent." No detergent would not be realistic for my products, at least.

Pam@SerendipityWoods said...

Where have you been all my life? I cannot even tell you how long I have been struggling with the fray conundrum. This post is a Godsend. I'm on my way to JoAnn's right now!

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Hi, what kind of printer is used in this labels? Thank you.

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