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Making Labels for your Handmade Creations

Making handmade labels

Whether you are making your handmade creations to sell, or just to give to friends and family it’s important to label them so people know who created them.  If you do make to sell it can be a great way to generate sales, if  people spot your label inside something they like they can look you up and order their own.

There are several different methods of making labels for your creations, I’ve covered a few of them below so you can choose the one that suits you best.

Labels for homemade items
Image © Bags of Love

Get personalised labels made for you

One of the least effort methods is to get someone to create the labels for you and post them out to you.  There are several companies who offer this service including on of our customers Bags of Love who offer both folded and square labels.   


The image at the top of this feature as well as the one directly above shows examples of the labels they can make.  They have a minimum order of just 20 labels and make them within a couple days. They also include a few extra labels in each pack as a bonus.

You’ll find there are also several companies on Etsy who offer the same service.

 

Creating your own handmade labels
Image © Patchwork Pottery

Print them from your Computer

If you have a computer and an inkjet printer you can create your own transfer labels which you iron onto twill tape to make your own labels.  The advantages of this are that you can make them as and when you need them and change the design as often as you like.

There’s a great tutorial for making them on the Patchwork Pottery blog which you can follow.  Just don’t forget to reverse your image before printing!

Printing labels for your business
Image © Spoonflower/Salty Oat

Getting labels printed on fabric

If you don’t want to print your own labels at home you can get them printed onto fabric by a fabric printer such as Spoonflower, Woven MonkeyBags of Love etc as a fabric design and then cut them up and sew into your creations.  I’ve got a big list of fabric printers if you want to have a browse. 

There’s a tutorial by Salty Oat on the Spoonflower blog about making your own labels in this manner.  She used Photoshop to create her labels but you could use Word, Paint or Pic Monkey (which is free online software). Getting 1 metre of fabric printed with your label design on would give you plenty of labels, enough to keep you going for quite a while.

Block printing labels
Image © Pretty Prudent

Block Print labels

You can carve out a design for your labels on a stamp and use fabric paint to print it on your fabric and make your own unique labels.  Plus you can clean the stamps off and use them again in the future, perhaps with a different colour scheme if you feel like experimenting.

There’s a tutorial on how to do this on the Pretty Prudent website.

There’s another tutorial with a slight different method using purchased stamps rather than making your own.

Hand write your own fabric labels
Image © Sherri McConnell/Craftsy

Hand written Labels

If you have a good permanent pen to hand you can make a handwritten label for your products.  Obviously this method isn’t ideal if you need to create a large quantity of labels but if just making a few this is a simple option.

There is a tutorial on the Craftsy website written by Sherri McConnell for making handwrittern quilt labels but there’s no reason why you couldn’t follow the same tutorial to make other kinds of labels too.

 

Making handmade labels
Image © Urban Threads

Embroider your own labels

Depending on the type of sewing machine you have, and what you are making labels for there are several different options.  My sewing machine, the Janome TXL607 has several alphabet fonts so I could embroider a text logo, it has a few decorative stitches I could use to embellish it.  I could embroider onto twill tape, ribbon or fabric to make these into labels.

If you have a proper embroidery machine you can create some pretty fancy labels, there’s a useful tutorial on the Urban Thread website.

 If you are making a quilt label there are a multitude of tutorials on how to make hand embroidered labels.  My favourites are the one Selfsewn which show you how to use fancy fonts and EPP skills to make your own hand embroidered quilt label and Quilt Story’s simple handstitch label which only uses backstitch so no major embroidery skills needed.

 So how will you be making your labels?

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