Nov 3, 2012

DIY Clothing Labels

 Have you ever wanted to add tags to your sewing projects? I have. But I always figured it was really my vanity and pride that wanted to simply show off rather than my practical self wanting to use tags for practical reasons!
I think I spent way too much time analyzing my inner purposes for something that really does not matter from an eternal perspective. I realized that just because I think that tags add to projects and because I simply like them, it is not going to make me a better or worse person. Now, if I went ahead and ordered 100's of high quality woven tags for a few hundred dollars - that would be different. But spending $20 to make enough tags to last me most of the year? Should not be a complicated decision. 

I did some research, and found several economical ways to make your own labels {I am sharing the links, just keep reading}.
 I already had stamps and fabric ink (not necessary, you can use acrylic paint also). All I needed to get was the right material to stamp on. 

I tried stamping on ribbon and twill tape, but I did not like how they turned out. I read a lot of blogs, sites and a few books on fabric stamping and found an idea for special cotton tape .  I played around with carving my own stamp, but then I ended up using a couple of the boys' letter stamps. PS for Paul Street, the name of my Etsy shop. 

Overall I am happy with how they turned out. Next I am going to try to make each boy's very own label I can use just for them.

Ready for some more ideas for making your own clothing tags/labels?

See Kate Sew will show you how she used Spoonflower to print her custom labels on a yard of fabric.
SewLikeMyMom shares a great tutorial on designing the labels on Microsoft Word, printing them on iron on transfer paper and ironing them on satin ribbon. {This was my second choice and I will try it to make some personalized labels for each of my boys.}
DuhBee just printed the labels right on the specially prepared fabric.
Lil Blue Boo made simple tagless labels. 
I wish I had a typewriter! I love how Make Something used an old fashioned typewriter to type on the fabric. Brilliant!
If you have a serger and scraps of fabric, Delia Creates will show you how to make some cute tags. She uses stamps to customize her labels.


  1. Thank you for sharing these links Dóra! I pinned your post :)

  2. love this! I'd love to see a picture of one sewn on a project! :)

  3. Does the ink come out or fade in the wash?

    1. No fading, so far so good. And I have a few labels on pajama pants that get washed quite a bit! I made sure to follow the directions on the ink and heat set all the labels with iron. Hope this helps.

  4. Hi Dora, That is a great idea to cut out extra dollars for producing clothing tags..I was thinking to make clothing tags by myself..but can't finding some good tips..and since then,have been looking for some great idea thourgh Googling..finally I found your blog...It's really useful..thanks for sharing..I can't wait to read other articles here in this blog