So this is more of a useful items post than actual sewing. I make my own purses for sale and have been making a lot of my new wardrobe and decided I needed labels to put in my things. So I did some research and tried out this tutorial by Sew Many Ways.
I bought some 100% cotton muslin from Jo-Ann’s and tried to fuse wax paper to the back…either my wax paper was too old or iron not hot enough but this did not work for me. So instead I ironed on some light weight interfacing and then stitched that interfaced fabric to a piece of printer paper on one short side and one long side. This actually worked really well.
As for a program to make labels I just used Word. The easy way is Word labels where you can type in your name; adjust the font, color, and size; and then click ok and it will fill out the whole sheet. But then it would’t let me add images in the way I wanted them to look. So I created a photo box for the image I wanted to use and a text box for my name. Then I activiated tile view so I could see better on how to evenly space out my rows and columns which is great because it doesn’t show up when printing. Then I just copied those together (selecting both the image box and the text box before clicking copy) and pasted the rest until I had 3 columns and 11 rows totally 33 labels per sheet. The sheet above was printed before I had reduced my text size from 16 to 14, so it had fewer labels per sheet.
So I printed off a sheet of my interfaced 100% white cotton muslin sewn to a piece of printer paper, let it dry for about 30 minutes, ironed on high 2 minuted to set the ink, then ran through cold water. And the purple ink faded, :(. I’ve learned later that pre-washing the fabric and using some sort of color fast treatment would have worked in getting the ink to stay.
Instead I purchased these wonderful printer friendly and ink jet friendly color fast sheets from Amazon. Perfect! So much easier! With these I don’t have to iron on interfacing or sew to a piece of paper or anything. I just stick the sheet in the printer. Looks like the price has gone up since I purchased these. These are the June Taylor brand but there are others too.
With these you do the same thing:
- Create your label template on your computer through word or another template such as those by Avery.
- Print off your label pattern from word or whatever other program you are using
- Let dry for at least 10 minutes
- Set the ink by running your iron over the sheet. Set your iron at high (cotton) without steam and DO NOT PRESS, just glide it over with a light hand for 1-2 minutes. I always do 2 just to be on the safe side.
- Run it under cold water (no fading this time!)
- Then iron again on high heat until the sheet is dry.
- And voila, your own sew-in fabric labels!