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« on: May 10, 2010 06:10:59 PM »

Ack!  My very own “made by bird” labels!  I know I shouldn’t be so excited about such a little thing… but I am.  I really really am.  I’ve been experimenting with labels for a while now, and these are by far my favorite.  I tried the printing on fabric approach (http://allysonhill.typepad.com/allyson_hill/2007/06/make_your_own_l.html) and while I was super impressed with printed fabric in general, I wasn’t crazy about the finished labels.  They were too stiff for my liking and the Fray Chek was still visible once it dried.  On a whim, I tried using iron-on transfer paper and twill tape and it worked soooo much better than I thought it would.  Here are the steps I followed:

1. Design the labels in the program of your choice.  (I actually used PowerPoint for mine.)  Just remember to flip the image before you print.

2. Cut out the label from the transfer paper (I only cut as many as I needed for the gifts so I didn’t have to worry about losing a bunch of tiny little pieces of paper.)

3. Cut as close to the design as possible.

4. Decide how you’re going to attach the label to your item.  If you want a loop (as pictured above), fold the twill tape in half leaving a 1/4 inch or 1/2 inch extra so you can sew the label into your seam.  If you want them “flat,” leave a 1/2 inch extra on each side of your label design so you can fold the ends in a 1/4 inch and attach the label to your item using a zig-zag stitch.

5. Transfer the label design to the twill tape (following the instructions that came with your iron-on transfer paper)

6. Here’s the important part: only let the label cool for a few seconds before peel off the backing paper.  I think this really helps reduce the visibility of the film the iron-on paper leaves on your labels.

7. Attach the label to your item as indicated in step 4, and you’re done!

My crafting blog: http://www.madebybird.com
« Reply #1 on: May 10, 2010 06:18:39 PM »

I love the look of twill tape!  great idea!  I would be excited too!!!  AND I like your design Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2010 12:00:15 PM »

I want to make my own jewelry tags and business cards using paper punches and a handmade stamp and I have spent a ridiculous amount of time on them-who knew something so simple could be so difficult! Just designing my own logo is a nightmare:)

Anyone who decides to make their own labels soon finds out it's not as simple as it looks - you SHOULD be excited, they look very professional and cute!
My sister is a seamstress - I don't know if she makes her own labels but I'll have to show her this!

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