DIY: Fabric labels

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

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Ok, guys. This is so easy you won't believe it.

Here's what you need:
Freezer paper (I bought Reynold's brand from Walmart)
Cotton fabric
Inkjet printer

First, iron your fabric really well. I used a stiffer cotton because I didn't want super thin labels. Make sure your fabric is larger than 8.5 x 11". Next, iron a sheet of freezer paper onto the fabric, following the instructions on the package. Make sure this is also larger than 8.5 x 11".

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Next, measure and cut your fabric/freezer paper sheet into exactly 8.5 x 11" (or whatever printer paper size you use in your printer). I used a rotary mat and cutter to be very precise.
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Finally, design your labels (I used Photoshop, but you could easy just use a word processor) and send your fabric through your printer!

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These were designed for some napkins I'm making, but obviously, you could use your shop name, your name, or whatever you like!
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I was amazed with how this worked. And after it dried really well, I ironed it to heat set it, then washed it in a cold cycle and nothing even blurred or faded.

So there you have it - easy, cheap fabric labels. I hope you try it!

236 comments:

  1. I love this Whitney!! Thank you for sharing. I am opening an etsy soon and these little labels will be just what I need for my fabric items. :)

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  2. that is super cool. i need to do this!!
    lots of love, friend. :)

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  3. I'm planning on doing this today! I need some labels for my shop, Petunia Blooms. Question, though: do you peel off the freezer paper after printing/drying? Or do you just leave it on the back?

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  4. I love this! The possibilities are endless...I'm going to have to try doing this sometime soon :)

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  7. I just found your blog and LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this idea. I tried it this morning and after a couple of failed attempts - 1st time I put the sheet in upside down. 2nd time the ink blurred, 3rd time I went to a different printer and that 1st one didn't feed right but the 4th one WORKED!! I am so excited. I will let you know when I blog about what I did with it. Thanks so much!!

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  8. Oh my! this is great! thanks for the idea and tutorial!

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  9. This is so awesome! I will be attempting this in the near future for sure! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  11. oh my goodness....this is incredible!!

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  12. Um, okay. I feel like you are quickly becoming my best friend. Do you know how much printable fabric paper is at the store?? This is such a great idea. So happy I found you.

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  13. IS there a way to do this with a laser printer? My ink jet dried up, and I found a laser printer cheaper and easier than the inkjet.
    Also is the freezer paper used just to get the fabric through thr printer? Would baking paper work if I used spray glue on it do you think? TIA.

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    1. I honestly don't know. I'd try it (especially the baking paper with the spray glue), but I really don't know about the laser printer. Sorry I can't help more!

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    2. I know this is old, but I used my laser printer and it worked fine BUT I haven't tried washing it yet.

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    3. Laser jet print will run. Don't get it wet.

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  14. Thanks for sharing this Whitney! :)

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  15. MUST make! Thanks for sharing!!!! :)

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  16. This has already been asked before but not answered, do you peel off the freezer paper at the end ?

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  17. Great, I'm gonna try this ! I found an alternative for freezer paper in France, since they don't sell that here in Europe..

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  18. I just tried this and had great success. Thanks for the easy to follow tutorial!

    (I didn't have freezer paper so I used iron on stabilizer.)

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  19. I just opened an etsy shop and I've been wondering where to get fabric labels...I'm so glad I came across your tutorial! Love it, thanks!!

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  20. I just can't wait to try this! Thank you so much for sharing!

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  21. Excellent idea! Now I can give my refashioned clothes a personal touch. Thanks for sharing! ~M.

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  22. As in France above, freezer paper is not sold in the Netherlands. But we have a great alternative, the outer wrapping paper of the packages of printer paper. The inside of this wrapping sticks on to your cotton when ironed, just like freezer paper.

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  23. The results look very pro, love this idea!

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  24. I'm very excited to try this! After you print on the cotton and heat set the cotton do you remove the freezer paper before you wash it?

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    1. Yep! The printer paper comes right off! :)

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