How to Make Your Own Clothing Labels
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
- Basting spray
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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