About the designer: Kelly is a jacquard textile designer in North Carolina. She designs fabric for the Contract and Hospitality Markets by day and sew quilts and bags by night. She hopes to build enough inventory to sell her quilts and bags and is developing patterns for the same as well. Find her online here
I have developed this method for designing and printing my own, laundry-safe labels for quilts and handbags. Since these are laundry-safe, the labels could be used for apparel as well.
You will need:
Computer with software to lay out the type you want and a printer
Freezer paper or full-page sticker paper
Prepared For Dying fabric (PFD) this is ESSENTIAL!
1. Design your label, include any info you wish – you can do this in a text based program such as Word or an image based program such as photoshop. Set this info up as a “text box”.
2. Copy and paste as desired on your 8.5″ x 11″ page layout. Don’t forget to give yourself room to cut apart and to add seam allowance to attach to your item to cloth.
3. Cut a piece of the PFD fabric to 8.5″ x 11″. Attach to either the full-page sticker, or a 8.5″ x 11″ piece of Freezer Paper. I used the sticker paper for this.
4. Print this page (I have a Lexmark P4350 ink jet printer). I use the regular ink that I have in the printer.
5.Allow to dry completely.
6. After completely dry, remove sticker paper (or freezer paper) backing.
7. Heat set ink with a hot (cotton setting) iron.
8. Cut and attach to your item! I apply double-sided fusible to the back, folding over edge to catch with the fusible. Then remove backing paper and fuse to the item, I then whip-stitch for a nice, smooth edge – or you could machine stitch around it too if you like.
9. This creates a label that is wash-proof. This photo shows my label on a quilt after laundering.
Any comments or questions are welcome.