How to Make Your Own Clothing Labels

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How to Make Your Own Clothing Labels
Adding your own clothing labels is one way to give garments a professional look. (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Clothing labels create a more professional-looking finish and add charm to a garment. There are several ways to make your own clothing labels. In most cases, custom labels require either a picture logo or text logo in colour or black and white. You can design the logo on your own or hire someone to do this. Transferring the logo to a label is straightforward and can be done by anyone familiar with an iron-transfer sheet or inkjet printer.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Picture or Logo
  • Computer
  • Inkjet printer
  • Fabric printer sheets
  • Matt fixative spray
  • Needle and thread
  • Basting Spray

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    Design the clothing label from a picture or logo. Use a computer program such as Adobe Photoshop Elements or PaintShop Photo Pro to create a professional-looking logo for your clothing. Save the file as a .jpg, .tiff or .gif image file. A typical clothing label is about 3 inches wide by 1 1/2 inches tall, so a large graphic file with high resolution is not necessary. If the file is text-only, a resolution of at least 150 dots per inch, or dpi, is sufficient. If the file contains a photo, a minimum resolution of 300 dpi is necessary.

  2. 2

    Purchase fabric printer sheets to print the logo file onto. Make sure these sheets are tight-weave cotton so they can adequately absorb printer ink. Fabric sheets are available as 8 1/2-inch by 11-inch sheets that are printable in a standard inkjet printer or on a roll that can be cut into sheets. Fabric printer sheets contain a paper backing with a cotton sheet adhered to the top.

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    Place the fabric sheet face up (fabric-side up) into the manual feed of the inkjet printer. Open the file in your computer software and click "File" and then "Print." Choose "Printer Properties" to select a thick paper and high print quality. Save the print properties and then click the "Print" button in the software.

  4. 4

    Spray the printed sheet with a matt fixative spray to prevent the ink on the clothing label from smearing. Allow the transfer sheet to air-dry for a few hours. Follow the drying instructions on the fixative can label for the exact drying time.

  5. 5

    Cut the label from the fabric sheet and peel it from the paper backing. Use a basting spray to adhere the label to your garment. Finally, sew around it with a decorative stitch or triple stitch to secure the label.

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