How to make personalized clothing labels by hand in 3 steps

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If you are going to start a business selling your handmade items or if you also want to give your handmade products a better presence, it makes a lot of sense to make labels, for this reason in our blog we want to share with you an artisan method on how to make your own labels at home, not only for clothing, but also for accessories, bags or any type of craft product that you want to promote.

You can make machine washable labels using printable fabric sheets, it basically consists of printing your design directly on the fabric sheet and then ironing it to adhere the ink, cut the label to the appropriate size and sew it on your clothing or other handmade item. Here I put a link in the free market to give you an idea about the type of product See printable fabric sheets.

What we will need to make our custom clothing labels

-Fabric sheets for inkjet printers
-computer printer
-pair of scissors
-needle and thread or sewing machine

Step by step process on how to make clothing labels

Step 1. Design your label like a pro

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Create your design on the computer. You can use Word to make a basic text layout. It is advisable to print the design on plain paper first, so that once you are satisfied, you can print the design on your sheet of fabric. You may want to start with 1 or 2 labels until you get the hang of it, so you don’t waste any of the cloth paper.

Step 2: Dry and iron

Remember to leave a link above so that you can choose the printing fabric sheet that you like the most and that suits your needs, but yes, make sure you buy the sheets that work for an inkjet or laser printer that are the most common and easy to use.

After designing and printing your clothing label, be careful not to touch it when you remove it from the printer and let it dry for 30 seconds to 1 minute, then remove the paper backing from the sheet and then iron the art on the back of the sheet , NOT FOR THE REASON. The proper iron temperature depends on the type of fabric you printed on.

Here is a reference table for the appropriate temperature depending on the type of fabric:

  • 70 and 120 ° C: acetate, Rayon, acrylics, elastane, polyamide, polypropylene.
  • 100 and 160 ° C: cupro, polyester, silk, triacetate, viscose and wool.
  • 140 and 210 ° C: cotton and linen.

I also leave you a good YouTube tutorial where the step by step process of printing and subsequent ironing on fabric is shown.

Step 3: Sew the label on your garment

Sewing by hand or machine sewing the label on your clothes is your choice depends on your capabilities and the finish you want, what is recommended is that when cutting the label you leave an edge of at least 5mm so that you can fold its ends and thus achieve a better finish.

Now your clothes will look much more professional. If you don’t want the label to start to wear out and unstitch on some of the edges, I recommend that you sew it on all 4 sides.

In this video you can see a proper way on how to sew your labels to mark clothes on the garment.

Best resources on the web to make your custom clothing labels

In my process of making personalized labels for several of my own projects and clients, I have collected several resources at the web level that I am going to share with you so that you can use them in your own projects, take it as a bonus that will facilitate the realization of your own designs.


It is an excellent tool for design resources, so if you want to have basic design knowledge and know how to handle specialized software for this such as Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop, here is a link to the resources of labels for clothing and labels click here that I use the most, I hope it will be useful to you.


Another alternative that I recommend is to use a program in the cloud to make your designs, which are actually very easy to handle, I, for example, use, which in addition to having a very good free version and with a lot of functionalities, you can start with designs from very professional templates, here is a tutorial on how to use it.


It is one of the tools that makes the most direct competition to Canva, it is an excellent online visual editor that manages a very powerful free version, also as Canva stands out for being a cloud software accessible to people who do not have design knowledge. Unlike Canva, Crello does not require users to register in advance and has a somewhat more modern interface, although its functions are very similar.

Here I leave you a good video tutorial with which you can start to learn how to handle the tools without any previous experience and design your custom labels.