I don’t know about you, but when I put a lot of effort into sewing something it is kind of nice to know my mark is on it. Making your own labels is so much easier than you’d expect. I like using my Silhouette to make them, but you could use regular iron on paper and scissors instead. I’ll walk you through the steps of how I make mine with the Silhouette.
- printable heat transfer material for light colored fabrics
- white ribbon
- scrap piece of fabric
- iron & ironing board
First I turned on the registration marks. Since I don’t want to make a ton of labels right now and don’t want to waste a whole sheet of paper I adjusted a few settings. I changed the page height to 9″ and moved the bottom inset to 4″ for the registration marks. This way I’ll only use half a sheet of the heat transfer and I can save the other half for later.
If you search “handmade” in the Silhouette Online store you’ll find plenty of images that would make lovely labels. I’m going with the “cute handmade by tag“. Since my ribbon is 5/8″ wide I want the ironed on image to be about 1/2″ tall. I drew a rectangle 1/2” tall and resized the shape to fit inside it.
I typed my name in and then played around with the colors until I found something I liked. I filled my name in with green. For the tag shape I put the line color in green with a thickness of 0.005″ and then used white to fill in the rest.
So, I almost forgot the crucial step of mirroring my image. Thankfully I remembered before it was too late! So yeah, mirror the image and then copy and paste it until the page is filled up. Run the heat transfer material through an inkjet printer with the blank side up. Once it was loaded onto my Silhouette I made sure it was only cutting the red outline and selected the cut settings for printable heat transfer material.
The extra material on the heat transfer sheet peeled away easily. Then I used scissors to loosely cut around each design while being careful not to cut into the design.
I placed the label face down on the ribbon about 1/2″ away from the edge.
Using a scrap piece of fabric I placed it over the heat transfer material and then ironed it down for about half a minute. It has to cool before peeling it off.
If you want a label that you can place in the seam of a bag fold it over and iron it down like in the picture below. Cut the ribbon and repeat the process to create more labels.
I also like to have labels that lay flat so for some I cut each side about 1/2″ away from the edge and then ironed them down.
These labels look great ironed onto fabric too, but I love the ease of using ribbon. Just keep a stash of these ready to go and you’ll have one of a kind labels for everything you sew.