Are you like me and enjoy making your own sewing creations? Are you ready to level up by adding your own custom fabric tags? Then this is the DIY project for you!
I created my custom fabric tags in Photoshop CC (which has a number of affordable packages these days) but you could use a number of programs. The tutorial below is for Photoshop.
- Photoshop CC or similar
- Iron-on t-shirt transfer paper for printers
- Fabric (a light coloured fabric will work best – I used a calico canvas for mine)
- Pinking Shears/Scissors/Craft knife and ruler
Note – click on any image to enlarge them.
Open photoshop and create a new A4 document.
Decide what size you want your labels to be and set your guides accordingly. I made my labels 6.3cm x 3cm and set vertical guides at 1cm, 7.3cm, 13.6cm & 19.9cm. I then set my first horizontal guide at 1cm and repeated every 3cm down the page.
Using navigator, zoom in so that you can easily work within the first logo box. Within this box, add your logo and any information you want to use.
The label that I have created here is a generic one that I sew onto non-sized items, such as burp cloths and includes my name, website and ‘Handmade in Australia’.
In layer control, turn off the background layer and merge the visible layers (either layer -> merge visible, or right click on a layer and select merge visible).
Because you will be ironing the image on face down, you need to reverse your label before printing. There are a number of ways that you can do this, but I like to do this in the beginning so that I don’t forget later and accidentally waste a piece of the iron-on t-shirt transfer paper. To reverse the label, select Edit -> Transform -> Flip horizontal.
Next duplicate the layer and adjust it to sit in the second box. Repeat for the third box. For expedience, I then repeated the merging and pasting for remaining rows (turn off background -> merge visible -> duplicate the layer -> align in second row).
Repeat this process until you have filled all of the label boxes on your page.
Now you need to print the labels on to the Iron-on T-shirt Transfer Paper for Printers. I used Papercraft paper which I bought in a pack of 10 sheets from Spotlight. It is important that you follow the packet instructions for printing and transferring your image to fabric.
My process included ironing the printed logos face-down onto my (pre-ironed and smooth) fabric on a flat, hard surface. I used the iron’s cotton setting with the steam turned off and applied pressure on the reverse side of the paper for about a minute. Whilst the paper was still warm I gently peeled back the top layer being careful not to disturb the delicate layer that had been heat transferred to my fabric.
I used pinking shears to cut around my labels but you can use plain scissors or a ruler and knife.
Now I have my stash ready and waiting for my future creations. All that’s left is to decide what I should make next…