How to Make Your Own Clothing Labels

    by Patricia Smith Michaels

    About the Author

    Patricia Smith Michaels has been writing business and technology articles online since 2010. She has written instructional manuals and white papers for corporations and has more than 20 years of experience as a researcher and consultant in the areas of health care, education and management. She holds a Master of Business Administration in management and a Bachelor of Science in computers from St. John's University.


    Clothing labels create a more professional-looking finish to a garment. There are several ways to make your own clothing labels. In most cases, custom labels require either a picture or text logo in color or black and white. You can design the logo yourself using a desktop graphics program. Ensure that you have enough ink in your printer to produce crisp-looking labels.

    Things You'll Need

    • Fabric printer sheets
    • Matte fixative spray
    • Needle
    • Thread
    • Basting spray

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    Design the clothing label from a picture or logo using graphics software. Save the file as a .JPG, .TIFF or .GIF image file. A typical clothing label measures about 3 inches wide by 1 1/2 inches tall, so you don't need a large, high resolution graphic. If the file is text-only, a resolution of at least 150 dots per inch, or DPI, is sufficient. If the file contains a photo, you'll need a minimum resolution of 300 DPI.

    Purchase fabric printer sheets to print the logo file onto. Ensure these sheets are tight-weave cotton so they can adequately absorb the printer ink. Fabric sheets come in printer paper size, 8 1/2-by-11 inches, and also can be purchased by the roll. The sheets contain a paper backing with a cotton sheet adhered to the top.

    Place the fabric sheet face up -- fabric-side up -- into the manual feed of the inkjet printer. Open the file in your computer software and click “File” and then “Print." Choose "Printer Properties" to select a thick paper and high print quality. Save the print properties and then click the “Print” button.

    Spray the printed sheet with a matte fixative spray to prevent the ink from smearing. Allow the transfer sheet to air-dry according to the instructions on the fixative container.

    Cut the label from the fabric sheet and peel it from the paper backing. Use a basting spray to adhere the label to your garment. Sew the label by hand or by machine to secure it on the garment.

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