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Designing your own labels!

Lynn24 | Posted in The Archives on

Can anyone please e-mail me the instructions for “making your own labels”? It’s from the June/July 1993 issue of Threads magazine, on page 16.
I can’t seem to find my issue and would really appreciate the help.


  1. Sarah_Kayla | | #1

    Are you talking about lables for clothing or for quilts?

    Actually both can be similar. i have made some simple labels by writing on a rectangle of silk with a permanent fine tippped marker. When the item is a gift i sometimes write the name of the recipient and a message for them & write my name as well. You may want to add washing instructions. i just zigzag the label to the article of clothing in a nice wide stitch. The rough home-made quality of the label liiks arty & pretty. It isn't rocket science. I think that the "custom made for you by..." labels are not very pretty.


    1. Lynn24 | | #2

      *Dear Sarah, Thanks for the input, but I'm looking for a way to make a label to put in items that I make to sell: i..- accessories & knitted items. I thought if I could find analternative to purchasing manufactured woven labels, I would savea lot of my profit. I don't have a sewing machine that does embroidery, but I like your idea. Thanks alot!

      1. Ghillie_C | | #3

        *I have not done this, but would like to. I do not have enough work to make it worth buying an embroidery machine, even if I could afford it. Therefore my general strategy is to persuade one of the local sewing machine shops that does classes etc. that it would be a good idea to rent time on their demo embroidery machines. I would do a class on using these machines and then hire by the hour or half day to run up labels, and maybe do the odd monogram to go on a shirt pocket and so forth. Ideally I would design the embroideries on my own workstation and take them along to convert and stitch out. Does that sound like a possibility where you live?Ghilie

        1. Lynn24 | | #4

          *Dear Ghilie, Thanks! I'll see how much it costs vs. pre-made labels.Lynn

          1. silkscape_ | | #5

            *Hi! Another alternative to separate labels is to free motion your name or business name right into the back facings of the garments. I saw this in David Page Coffin's "Shirtmaking" book and really like it. It would definitely be an attention getter and could be slightly different each time, just like any signature. You could even put the design name of the garment, i.e. "Butterfly Dress by Stephanie". It just takes a few minutes practice and you'll find you are "signing" your name just like you do on a letter.

          2. Jodie_Ellis | | #6

            *I have found that logos, care, fibre content, etc info can be quickly made into labels by typing up the details in a very small font using a word processor. Repeat the details (using the labels or table feature) to cover A4 size paper. You can then do as many or as little of each type of label as you want. You can also use fancy fonts, insert images, etc, make them bigger or smaller. Print out the page onto plain white paper and take it to a photocopy shop which prints onto T-shirts. Ask for them to copy it on to a transfer page, but not iron it on to anything. They have special paper suitable for ironing onto silk. Take the transfer home and cut it up into your labels and iron each one using the silk or wool setting onto either a piece of white ribbon or lightweight silk. These then make very durable, simple and cheap labels! They last through many washes and the iron on stuff makes the edges not fray so you can even use cotton if you want. You can iron the whole sheet onto silk and cut it up if you prefer.

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