How to Make Your Own Clothing Labels

Updated April 17, 2017

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Things You'll Need

  • Picture or Logo
  • Computer
  • Inkjet printer
  • Fabric printer sheets
  • Matt fixative spray
  • Needle and thread
  • Basting Spray
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Patricia Smith Michaels has been writing business and technology articles online since 2010. She has written instructional manuals and white papers for corporations and has more than 20 years of experience as a researcher and consultant in the areas of health care, education and management. She holds a Master of Business Administration in management and a Bachelor of Science in computers from St. John's University.