|One of our stuffed giraffes now with a loop tag!|
Are you one of those crafters who goes “oh, I want those too!!” whenever you see a pretty label on a handmade item? I know I am, especially cute for our stuffed animals. But ordering them must be expensive, right?
Actually ordering pre-fab labels isn’t extremely expensive (do a Google search for what’s available in your region). However, using your own design or logo is often not possible or limited to certain sizes you might not be interested in. And of course Google is your friend when looking for DIY solutions. Grab yourself something warm to drink (especially if you’re anywhere near my area.. all this depressing rain and cold) and enjoy this tutorial on the DIY solution my mom and I tried last Mother’s Day.
An easy solution: iron-on transfer paper
What do you need?
- Graphics design – your logo, text or whatever you want on your label
- Graphics program – I used Photoshop
- Inkjet printer – most ‘simple’ printers are suitable, as long as they don’t need heat for printing
- Regular printer paper
- Iron-on transfer paper
- Cotton ribbon – *will get back to the material choice at the end of the tutorial
- Iron and ironing board
- Bakery paper
Step 1 – Creating your print image
Step 2 – Creating you printing document
Step 3 – Printing on transfer paper
Step 4 – Cut out the labels
Step 5 – Iron the transfer labels onto the ribbon
Step 6 – Remove the backing paper
Step 7 – Optimize feel using bakery paper
Step 8 – Start sewing
Let me know how it works out for you, if you have any questions or feel I left out some details in this tutorial.
Next blog post:
Our work on customizing the monster bag (also made by my mom!) below to a hippo bag. We also have plans to turn this shoulder bag into a diaper bag :) The design of this monster bag is from a magazine. Will try to add the pattern/tutorial as well, if I can find it online.
* choice of material: the transfer paper instructions state you can only use 100% cotton materials. However, the white/beige label we made is not 100% cotton but the results are still good. This also probably takes some experimentating. Unfortunately my mom does not remember what material the white ribbon actually is, but it is probably satin (she has soooo many ribbons in several boxes, so you can’t really blame her for not remembering :D ). Using nylon fabrics is probably not a wise choice, since this is not heat resistant.