How to make custom clothing labels

Written by gigi starr
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How to make custom clothing labels
(2006 Wm Jas / Creative Commons)

When making clothing, it's fun to have custom labels for each garment as a special touch. For those who sell their handmade clothes, labels are a must. Custom labels are simple to produce and can be printed on a home inkjet or laser printer.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Iron-on transfer paper
  • Printer with "Mirror Image" option
  • Scissors
  • Word processor
  • Fabric content and place of origin information (for retail apparel only)
  • Twill tape
  • Iron

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  1. 1

    Decide what will be on the label. For those creating labels for retail, the country of origin and materials must be listed, as well as complete laundering instructions.

  2. 2

    Download and install a template from Avery (see Resources). Open up a new document, and load the template.

  3. 3

    Insert the content using centre justification for a uniform appearance. Ensure your print will fit onto your twill tape.

  4. 4

    Go into your printer options and check the box that says, "Mirror Image." Print the page.

  5. 5

    Cut the tags from the paper.

  6. 6

    Cut the twill tape into label-sized lengths.

  7. 7

    Take each iron-on tag and apply it to the twill tape. Press the ends of the tape under (about 1/4 inch) to create a finished edge.

Tips and warnings

  • Do not iron the transferred image.

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