How to sew clothing labels

Updated April 17, 2017

Clothing labels come in many forms, from designer fashion to generic sales. The homiest label is personalised and sewn into a handmade gift. Labels can be ordered with embroidered personalised messages such as "Made by Jane for Tim" or "Handmade for Hannah." Name labels are great when you have flat mates or are away on holiday. Sew them in your clothes to ensure everything that is yours stays yours. Find a label seller that embroiders personal orders. For a quick homey affect, many shops sell general ready-made labels that can be sewn in.

The label can go anywhere inside the garment or item such as the collar or the bottom of the inside seam.

Pin the label using sewing pins to garment. Use as many as needed to secure the label.

Use the needle threader to thread the needle with 60 cm (24 inches) of thread. Poke the flexible wire of the threader through the needle hole, then thread the wire loop and carefully pull the thread back through needle. Tie a knot at one end of the thread; this will stop the thread from pulling all the way out on the first stitch.

Start your first stitch under the label, so the thread knot will be hidden. Push the threaded sewing needle through along the edge of the label, bringing the thread through the garment and label. Continue making small stitches along the label's edge, trying to keep them uniform in size.

When you have sewn all the way around the label, repeat the last stitch two or three times looping and crossing the thread and forming a small knot.


You can make your own labels using fabric paint and permanent marker.


It is easy to poke yourself with the sewing pins and needles. Use a thimble to protect your fingers.

Things You'll Need

  • Label
  • Sewing pins
  • Needle
  • Needle threader
  • Matching thread
  • Small sewing scissors
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Jennifer Tavernier is a Michigan based writer for Demand Studios, Hub Pages and Triond. Tavernier is majoring in art and design at Northern Michigan University.