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« on: February 19, 2012 11:14:53 PM »

This is a store-related question, but it's most directly related to sewing, so I thought this would be the best place to ask.

I sell pacifier clips, and I wanted to put tags in them so I ended up making some cheaply by using my typewriter and some scrap muslin. Now, I absolutely love this method and am happy with the results. They're cute and vintage-esque. However, I'm trying to streamline my brand image from start to finish, and the tags I've made this way just don't go with the image of young fun I'm trying to get across. (I sell mostly cat toys and pacifier clips these days, and was hoping to expand in that same direction.)

I think I've heard of fabric that you can buy especially for printing on, but I'm not sure how well it works, or if it even works in laser printers. (I don't have regular access to an inkjet printer.) Or maybe there's some company where I can buy labels. I'm not sure what the best option is. I'd like to have tags that have a font at least close to the one I use on my website and my business cards. (It's a free Google font called Architects Daughter.) Iron on seems like it would be awesome, but I'm not opposed to sew in.

What do you use for tags in your work? Are there printable iron on tag options? Thanks!

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« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2012 08:41:52 PM »

Since you have a laser printer, you can easily print your own tags (easier than inkjet and without buying the expensive special paper!). The ink in laser printers in pretty permanent - When I've tried this, I noticed it'll come out with vigorous washing, but not in normal use or light washing. You would need some cotton fabric and freezer paper. Cut both to the size of a normal sheet of paper and iron them together with the shiny side of the paper touching the fabric till the paper sticks (I like to cut the fabric slightly larger than the paper, iron, then cut the fabric down to size). Then just run the paper/fabric sandwich through your printer put in so it'll print on the fabric and not the paper. The heat it takes to make the freezer paper sticky is higher than a printer gets, so you shouldn't have issues there. Though I don't know about your particular printer, I've run it through my laser with no problems at all. Peel the paper off after it's printed and iron the fabric printout to heat set it hotter than the printer.
If you want to go the iron-on route, I'm pretty sure you can get iron on paper for a laser printer then cut it to the size of tags after printing (before ironing), or you can print onto fabric like I described above then use some stitch witchery (or similar) to stick the fabric tag to whatever you're tagging.
Hope that helps!
« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2012 11:19:01 AM »

Turns out the reason why they don't sell special printable fabric for laser printers is because the printable fabric will ruin a laser printer. :/

I'm too scared to try the make it myself with wax paper version, because we only have one printer. If I broke it with wax, I'd have a very angry fiancee.

And since the more I thought about it, the more I wanted something iron-on, I went ahead and bought the special fabric from the store. It's kind of expensive, but the tags will be very small, so the price should balance out a little.

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« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2012 06:39:12 PM »

I print on T-shirt transfer paper and iron onto ribbon.

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