A number of readers expressed interest in a "how to" about cloth labels. Whether you are selling your wares or gifting them for the holidays, it feels fantastic to tag your creation.
I'd been wanting to create my own maya*made labels ever since I saw the price tag to get them done professionally. Phew! Unless you're going into huge production, so not worth it. Besides, you know how much I enjoy making everything myself. The first thing I thought of was stamping onto twill tape. I ran out and had a custom rubber stamp made. It cost about $12 at Staples. I then proceeded to experiment with various stamping mediums. Tried stamp pads... not permanent. Tried textile paint... messy and inconsistent. I even made my own pad for textile paint... still hit or miss results. I gave up until this light bulb: a fabric marker hand applied to the stamp for each print.
It's time consuming and a bit wonky, but it's the best trick I've found for this method.
A little interesting "re-use" fact about the above twill tape... a friend gave me a huge spool of 3/4 inch yellow cotton twill tape. It's perfect, except for the yellow part. I love yellow, but just not for ALL of my labels! I couldn't let it go to waste, so I tried boiling it in black tea for an hour...voila!
A lovely natural brown/tea color. I love it and will find so many uses for it! When someone hands you lemon colored tape... make tea with it!
Not feeling 100% satisfied, I did some on-line research and came up these ideas:
1.Here are labels printed directly onto a colorfast fabric sheet on my home printer.
I haven't used them yet, but will try them out soon. Here's the tutorial I used.
2.This tutorial is worth trying someday... you put your cloth directly into your printer. Nice results, but I've been a little scared of mishaps and the complications of proper alignment.
3. And finally, this is the tutorial I've been following and am really happy with. These are the tags you keep seeing on my pincushions.
I've been ironing them onto a thick and rugged cotton twill and loving the results. Two tips when trying this:
-remember to reverse your image before you print it
-cut as much away from your label before you iron it on(notice how close to the letters I snipped)
Please let me know any label ideas you've had and methods you've tried... I'm always on the look out for something fun and new. Hope this is helpful!