How to Make a Label – a Sewing Project Roundup

08 October

This is part of the Sewing Project Roundup Series.  Check out the other posts!

How To Make a Label

Need to start labeling your handmade items?  Whether you need to label clothing, bags, or quilts – the same techniques apply, and I’ve gathered some great ones here.  Although you can send your label designs to a third party to be printed, these projects are ones that can be done completely by you at home.

Want to use freezer paper, iron-on transfer paper, fabric markers, or embroidery?  Do you want your label to be on cotton fabric, twill, or silk or grosgrain ribbon?  Here’s a collection of many different labeling methods.  Enjoy!

Also, be sure to check out How to label a quilt: 7 ideas – from the folks at Martingale, as well as this Bubble Jet Set Q&A from Bryerpatch Studio.

Take a peek at my Pinterest board for some handmade label inspiration!

Freezer Paper

Making Fabric Labels by Make It Do (freezer paper > printer > cotton fabric > apply Wonder Under to back > back with decorative fabric)

DIY Transfer Project by The Graphics Fairy (freezer paper > printer > cotton fabric)

Fabric Label Tutorial by Dolls and Daydreams (freezer paper > printer > cotton fabric > set with vinegar)

DIY Fabric Labels by elm street life (iron freezer paper to cotton fabric, then run through printer)

Iron-On Transfer Paper

DIY Clothing Labels Tutorial by Sew Delicious (grosgrain ribbon or cotton twill)

Fabric Labels Tutorial by PatchworkPottery (grosgrain ribbon or cotton twill)

Making Your Own Labels by Tutorial Adventures (grosgrain ribbon)

DIY Clothing Labels by Sew Like My Mom (satin ribbon)

DIY Fabric Label Tutorial by all wrapped up (satin ribbon > seal edges with heat)

Homemade Sewing Labels by Gwenny Penny (cotton fabric scraps)

Fabric Pens and Markers

Quilt Labels – Which Pens to Use by Freckled Whimsy (an AWESOME experiment to see which pens hold up the best after washing)

My Labels by My Spare Time (handwrite with a Sharpie)

Labeling by Lady Harvatine (print on regular paper > trace onto cotton fabric with permanent fabric pen)

Fabric Labels by kojo Designs (print on regular paper > trace onto cotton fabric with fabric markers)

DIY Transfer Clothing Labels by Victory Patterns (photocopy on regular paper > Xylene transfer marker > cotton fabric or twill tape)


Fabric Labels Tutorial by Crafty Blossom (stamp with acid-free ink > stamp onto twill tape or rug binding > apply Heat & Bond to back)


No how-to’s here, just embroider your label information and attach to your project.


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