Hello everyone! How are you? Ready for today’s tutorial on making your own custom labels? (^0^)
This is such a simple idea, but works really well. The method relies completely on…photo transfer paper! I actually bought this paper to use as part of my GCSE Art, but had a few sheets left over. I then realised that I could use it for making small labels, not just for tote bags, but other small gifts or handmade items.
So, there is no real need for steps in how to create the labels, as most of it depends on what type of paper you buy. It hasn’t got to be t-shirt paper, I just found that this pack from the supermarket was much cheaper than the fancy stuff in the sewing shops (and it does the same thing).
It is really important that you follow the instructions given with the transfer paper, but I will give the basic outline of how to use it to make custom labels.
First of all, you need to decide how big you want your labels to be and what you want them to say. If you make to sell handmade items, it is a nice idea to put your name on them, but they can also be used for labelling clothes or writing a message for someone.
You can then set up a document on your computer with your chosen text. Make it any size you feel is appropriate – it is probably a good idea to experiment on some plain paper first. The most important thing to remember before you print is to reverse the text/image. It will then be the right way round when you iron it to your fabric.
When you have printed your text, cut it out the desired size of the label. You will need some space either side of the text in order to sew it to your bag, so don’t forget this before printing.
You will only need a small strap of fabric for the actual label, so it is a great way to use up those tiny leftovers.
Lay your paper-label text down on the fabric, preferably on the bias so it doesn’t fray afterwards. Iron it to the fabric, following the instructions included with your photographic paper. It is usually best to cover it with a teatowel or some other protective layer…I didn’t, but oh well.
When it is cool, peel off the backing of the paper to reveal your text – the right way round! If it is not quite done, just try again or make your iron slightly hotter. Now you can cut it out and stitch it to your tote bag, or other handmade item! (You can do it a little neater than me >.<)
Voila! I hope you enjoy using your unique customised bag.