Making Custom Sewing Labels with Spoonflower

by Amy Draughon

Last month I finally got  myself some sewing labels!

I've been wanting to do this for a while, but the cost and shipping time were putting me off. 

If I could do anything, I'd have gotten woven labels. The only problem is that they can be a pretty significant investment: $300-$500 for quality labels. The cheapest woven labels I could find on Etsy were about $30.

So I took a different approach. Using Spoonflower, I had fabric printed with my web address that I cut and sewed into labels. 

Spoonflower is an online fabric shop and design site. They let you upload your designs, images, text, and photos and have them printed onto fabric. I live near Spoonflower, so I've actually been there and seen how they print the fabric - it's a neat process to watch!

Using PicMonkey (free photo editing) I created a text design. I had to play with the ratios a little bit, but it was pretty simple. Then I uploaded the image to Spoonflower and selected the tile option to have the label's image repeated on the fabric. I fixed the sizing so each label would be 2''x 3'' and then ordered a fat quarter printed on the basic cotton. 

My total was $10.50 - for 63 labels!

I was super excited to get this package in the mail!

I went with black and white. I didn't want any colors to clash with my creations, or be to girly for boy's clothes. 

Creating a perfect label is not easy. But with practice and a good ironing it isn't too bad.

Then sew it into your clothing item around the edges! 

There's no satisfaction like sewing your mark into handmade clothing :)