Project Eight: How to Make Your Own Labels
I have just used my last Monarch Label, and need to make some more, so thought it would be a good opportunity to share how I make them here.
It’s only been recently, as I have found myself sewing things for other people more and more, that I thought it might be fun to have my own labels sewn into my products. Of course, you could just order yours form one of the many label companies out there, but I like making my own things, and have an aversion to spending money unnecessarily, so I made my own!
Here’s what you’ll need:
T-shirt transfer printer paper ( I bought mine from W H Smith years ago but you can buy it cheaply on amazon)
Cotton tape and/or light coloured ribbon
Design your label on a suitable computer programme, I just used Word as my label was nothing fancy. Measure your ribbon and make sure your design will fit onto the ribbon.
Copy your design lots of times so you have as many copies as labels you want to make, preferably so you fill up your A4 sheet of transfer paper too, no point in wasting it.
If you have a fancy modern printer, your printer might have an option for you to choose ‘t-shirt transfer paper’ as the paper source. If so, you don’t need to flip your design before printing it, the printer will do this for you.
If you don’t have this option, you will need to flip your design before printing it, this is easy enough to do. I did it in Gimp (open source version of photoshop) but there are other programmes that allow you to do this.
Do a test print on normal paper, you don’t want to waste any of the transfer paper due to silly mistakes. Make sure the text prints out flipped, and that the design is small enough to fit on your ribbon.
Once you are happy, go ahead and print your labels.
Cut out your labels to fit the ribbon. I cut as close to my wording as possible.
Iron the labels onto the ribbon. It is a good idea not to peel off the backing paper until you have ironed on all the labels, so you don’t have to worry about the iron going over the sticky transfer. Once they are all ironed on, you can cut them to size.
Store them in a nice pretty jar ready to sew into all your creations!