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« on: September 02, 2010 03:35:58 AM »

This tutorial is not only for fabric labels but for printing on fabric for any project from your home printer and all from things that you probably already have in your pantry!!

Ive wanted to get some fabric labels made for a while now but of course Ive run out of time. So I did a bit of experimenting today and whipped some up and you can too.

What youll need:
Computer/inkjet printer
Freezer paper (its the paper that is waxed on one side only)
Light weight and light colored cotton
Baking Tray
Iron and ironing board
2 Scissors (paper and fabric)

First lets talk about your logo/name design. I used Photoshop to put together my label but Im sure you can do this in Word too.

5 Things to Remember:

1) Keep it simple.
2) Use dark ink (white in a logo will be left bank, showing the color of your fabric).
3) Choose a font thats easy to read.
4) Keep a spacing of an inch or more between them.
5) Test print a few times on regular plain paper before you go to the trouble of making a label and not liking the look or size of it afterwards!

Now for the fun part!

Cut a piece of freezer paper 8.5 x 11 inches (A4). Place it wax side down (thats the shiny side!), onto your fabric. With your iron preheated to a medium to high heat, iron  the plain paper backing side. Youll start to see it adhere to the fabric. If any air bubbles appear keep ironing that spot, its just where the wax and fabric havent attached yet.

Now trim the fabric to the same size at the wax paper. Make sure you remove ALL the loose ends..(I learnt the hard way, it causes smudges!!!)

Off to the printer you skip with your new crazy fabric paper clutched firmly in your hand .. tra-la-la ..

Press print and cross your fingers!!!!!

Ta-da! Stand back and be amazed I mean look how pretty they are!!!!!
Ok the funs not over yet as printer ink is NOT color fast ...so ..

Wait for the ink to dry (yup this is like watching paint dry what a bore when you're soooo excited to see your fabulous name on FABRIC!!!)

Once dry, peel away your paper backing and gawk in oar at your creation! (Seriously you feel like a fabric designer or something!!!)

Now . Make a little bath of white vinegar. I used a backing pan but another pot etc will do..

Soak for 5 mins or so . (The smell made me crave good old fashion English fish and chip hmmm sooo hungry!)

Remove from bath and gently rinse under water to get the vinegar smell out . Then hang to dry in the sun (or if youre impatient like me, lay it on an old towel and use a hair dryer high heat setting baby!! Made a big batch . Well if you choose to use your dryer I havent yet - dont put it in with a load just in case .!!!!)

Cut and sew onto the back of your creation! Worried about fraying edges, well if you dont like them as a design element add some iron on interfacing and then sew around the edge using a tight zig-zag stitch .

Ahhhh the joys of creating and saving cash-o-la at the same time!


So the big question.. Why did I try vinegar to set the ink? Well I remembered a while ago I was trying to get an ink stain out of a lovely dress, did a search and ended up on some random site that said 'Dont soak in vinegar!' and I thought hmmmm interesting!  (I never did save the dress!)

Why use this method over others?

1) Its cheap!
2) Its much more environmentally friendly than some shiny plastic transfer
3) It looks fab .. and works wonderfully.

. Dont believe me, try it, youll be amazed! Ive washed, dried and rewashed labels (scrubbed them with a tooth brush and soap too!!) and there was no visible difference!!!!! Hooray! (I do recommend you test it out before you jump into a big project as all printer inks are different.)

Experiment!! Try colored photos, poems for scrapbooking, sew them into pillows, quilts, the skys the limit .. you might just find your new crafting obsession Wink  I know I have!!!
« Last Edit: September 02, 2010 04:17:05 AM by DollyDonations » THIS ROCKS   Logged

« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2010 04:17:14 AM »

brilliant =] cant wait to try this, just got to wait for my freezer paper to arrive now =[

« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2010 04:47:04 AM »

Thanks so much for the tute, which also just showed me I do not need to waste money on those prepackaged fabric for printer. You're a doll. Thanks again.

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« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2010 04:58:06 AM »

That is so awesome! I've been wanting my own labels for a while, but was too cheap to buy them. Thank you so much for sharing this method of making your own. I will definitely be trying this!

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« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2010 09:40:34 AM »

Wonderful idea. Thanks for the tutorial.

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« Reply #5 on: September 02, 2010 09:55:55 AM »

Loves it!  And your labels are adorable!

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« Reply #7 on: September 02, 2010 12:21:00 PM »

Awesome! I've been wanting to try this for a long time, but always thought the ink would just wash out.
What brand of printer are you using?

« Reply #8 on: September 02, 2010 01:39:45 PM »

I used a Brother inkjet Smiley nothing special and it worked wonderfully!

« Reply #9 on: September 02, 2010 01:58:56 PM »

Awesome! I've been wanting to try this for a long time, but always thought the ink would just wash out.
What brand of printer are you using?

tee hee, I just made a whole bunch and it worked out beautifully. We have a Kodak inkjet.


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