Fabric Label DIY

Fabric Label diy | happy together
I have been sewing up some kids clothing lately and needed some  more labels to sew in them. I decided it was time for me to go ahead and share this process with you as I have had such great success with it over the years. There are a few methods I have tried, but this is my favorite fabric label diy hands down and they have lasted for everything I have made so far (through multiple washings!).

how to make fabric labels | happy together What you need:

  • Tightly woven light colored fabric (ex: quilting cotton; and I do nothing to fabric to prep it except iron it)
  • Scissors
  • Piece of paper that fits your printer
  • Printer (I use an HP Deskjet F4280 and use the HP ink for it; I cannot speak for other printers/inks, but if you can please share your results in the comments)
  • Freezer paper (found in the section with aluminum foil/saran wrap/etc)
  • Iron
  • Design to print (I made a simple page of labels in Word, but you can create yours however you like)

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Start by ironing your fabric to get any wrinkles out. Then take the piece of paper and use that to cut out the same size from the freezer paper.

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Place the freezer paper on top of the fabric, shiny side down. Make sure to turn iron to “no steam” and iron the freezer paper to the fabric.

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Cut around the freezer paper and iron edges one more time to make sure the fabric and freezer paper is connected well.

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Place it in your printer with the fabric side facing down (or other way if your printer prints differently). I usually put a regular piece of paper on top as I’m putting it in place just to make sure it goes in where it needs to. Then I take the paper out so only the fabric/freezer paper combo is there. When you go to print labels, make sure to choose the best ink option so it takes its time to print. Now, I have had the printer not catch the fabric properly and it got jammed, but it doesn’t happen often. Just watch and if it seems like it’s starting to not catch properly hit the cancel button on your printer and pull it out. I can’t speak for all printers, but I rarely have problems with this method. Just give it a try and see if it might work for you.

Tip: Be mindful of the colors you are choosing to print with. I have only used darker colors as I feel confident they will show up well.

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Once printed, you can cut your labels out. But if it’s your first time trying this, I suggest putting the fabric in the wash after the first print so you can see how the ink holds up. Mine always has held up wonderfully well so I hope yours does too! Besides that, I leave them attached to the freezer paper until it comes time to use them as it keeps them nice and crisp and it’s easy to store them. Below is an example of them sewn in (and you can get the free skirted sweatshirt pattern here as well). -jess

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Mena, Arkansas

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This year we changed things up a bit for our summer vacation and went north. We wanted to try out a place we haven’t been too before so I looked up a bunch of places that were under 7 hours away from us and came across a small town of Mena, Arkansas. It looked really pretty and once I found Stonehill Cottages I knew we needed to try it out. I’m happy to say we had a great time and loved where we stayed. Our kids love nature so they had a blast as well because it’s a really small town and nature stuff is about all there is to do. I would really recommend this place if you are looking for a quiet getaway and enjoy the outdoors. It still wasn’t my sweet Tennessee, but it was a nice mountain fix for a much shorter road trip.

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How adorable are these little cottages? I want to share pics of this place because the couple who owns them did such a cute job in designing and decorating them. We loved the farmhouse decor. My children now want a house like this haha. There were four of these on the property plus the owners house so it felt secluded but not like you were completely alone in the woods. It would be a great place to do a family reunion or something and rent out all the cottages.

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We walked around the property a lot in the evenings and my girls enjoyed picking flowers and exploring. During the mornings we would go out and about for activities. One of our favorite places was Board Camp Crystal Mine. We had a blast and found so many pretty crystals. We like searching for seashells and sea glass, so this was right up our alley. The owner was very kind and goes with you to show you what to look for and all so you are for sure to find something. We walked away with a bucket full of all kinds of crystals and most were found right there on top of the dirt.

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We also took a morning to go to Queen Wilhelmina State Park. It was a pretty drive to get there and the park itself was nice. It has a lodge where you could stay, a camping area, and a few fun things for kids like a mini train, mini golf, and play ground. We were interested in the trails and did the Spring Trail which was shorter but really rocky. Unfortunately it was really dry and we saw no spring. I saw places which looked like water would flow down, but we didn’t see a “spring” like place they make it sound like it has…so not too sure about that. We also hiked some of the Lovers Leap Trail which we enjoyed more because you were able to go to this spot and get a beautiful view. If you can’t tell, we enjoy hiking when there is something to see like an old cabin, a pretty waterfall, etc…. It helps motivate the kids (and us!) when they (we) start to get tired :)

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We are always on the lookout for new places to see, so please share any cool places you like to visit on vacation! -jess

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Be Silly Be Honest Be Kind Shirts

Silly Shirt DIY | happy together
Be Silly Be Honest Be Kind. That’s a pretty good quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson, huh? It’s something I work hard to teach to my children and knew it would be perfect to make a diy shirt featuring that quote.

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I found these cute shirts at Old Navy and used my Cricut Explore to cut out the words and ironed them on (here is style one and here is style two I created for these shirts if you want to use them). I wanted them to be a little different, so I did two different types of font. It’s so easy to whip up something like this. We set up a special day to wear them and checked off another summer bucket list activity: Silly String Fight! They were so excited for this! We haven’t done silly string since my oldest was little and she totally freaked out when the string sprayed out haha. But they both are older and knew what to expect so we were good to go this time.

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They stood back to back and we had them take a few steps forward at the same time.

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Then we counted to three and said “Go!” They turned around and started spraying. We had one rule: no spraying in the face. They had a blast and had wished we had bought more cans for them to spray.

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I hope to have some more fun activities with them this week and I hope you all have some extra fun as well. -jess

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A Breakfast Dinner: You had Me at Pancakes

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There is a lot more time to do extra fun things with my daughters since school is out for the summer. Last night we had a breakfast dinner and we went all out! We do not have an outdoor table at the moment so I brought out our coffee table and put pillows down for seating. I went with pancakes as the main dish and used this recipe to create cinnamon roll pancakes. They were a hit!!! So delicious. I even created this cute little banner to go on the pancakes. I made it in the Cricut Design Space and it reads “You had Me at Pancakes.” Isn’t it cute? It’s a #CricutSummer project. You can print and cut your own here if you like. I’m going to make a list of more ideas that we could do later today. What are your favorite summertime activities to do with your kiddos? -jess

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A Kitchen Nook Makeover

A Kitchen Nook Makeover | happy together
We have been living in our new house for almost a whole year now and since we are settled I’m at the point of making it more functional for our family. I want to share a simple kitchen nook makeover that I did to bring purpose to an empty spot in our kitchen.

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This spot is a good amount of space but had no purpose so it seemed like wasted space. It is right where the entry of the master bedroom is, so I knew I didn’t want to fill it up too much but it needed something. After going through a few ideas, I decided that a simple shelf with hooks would work well. We have an area in our laundry room that is kind of like a mudroom but I haven’t put up any hooks in there for coats and such yet and dedicated this space for that instead. This really works best for guests as well since they come in the front door and it would be more practical and easier for them to hang purses/coats here if they wanted.

A Kitchen Nook Makeover | happy together
I wanted to add some beauty to the functionality of the corner and went “shopping” in my house for decor.

A Kitchen Nook Makeover | happy together
This glass jug was from a jug of apple cider we bought last fall in Tennessee. I washed it real good and took the label off and it became a great vase. The faux leaves were a buy from many years ago at a shop in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The style I try to achieve in our home has a slight Florida feel. It’s kind of hard to explain, but I know what I want in my head! hahaha I grabbed two wooden cutting boards to add up here too. We have been using these really thin plastic boards lately, so I figured why not just use these for decor until we need them? I want to get one more larger round one to be the finishing touch behind these two. It will help fill in the gap between the boards and the baskets.

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These two metal baskets were originally a mint color. I had bought them in the dollar section at Target for $3 each a while back and was waiting for a way to use them. They were the perfect width for this shelf! I spray painted them black to go with the color scheme though. I filled them with a few odds and ends from my home for now until I want to change them out.

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These two wooden candlesticks were from my visit to Magnolia Market at the Silos. I loved them but didn’t really have a place for them yet. They looked too close in height next to each other so I added two different sized candles I had to create even more of a height difference.

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I made the shelf itself from 1 x 8 pieces of wood that I painted with Sherwin Williams in Creamy (7012).¬† This is the trim and cabinet color in the kitchen. It looks more white on the shelf than it does on the trim so I’m guessing it has to do with the kind of wood used. I added a piece of trim to the front edge to have it fit in with the woodwork of the house more as well. The wood brackets I used were from a local store called Stines and I cut the bottoms off to make them the same length as the wood. The hooks are from Lowes here. They are a nice dark bronze which goes with all the fixtures in our home.

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I added this “Cups for Days” mug rack that I also got from Magnolia Market. It’s something I have wanted for a while and after looking around on the internet I decided their price is really comparable for all the ones I found in this similar size. It was definitely a splurge, but a classic piece that maybe one of my girls will like and use in their own houses later down the road. It is currently holding a few of my coffee cup collection from Anthropologie along with some other mugs I have. My goal is to have an extremely eclectic variety of cups and plates so I buy at least one mug and plate a year from there.

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And lastly we changed out the boring old light with this one from Lowes. I’m saving up to add this same light in our hallway to bring some cohesiveness to my light fixtures. The people who built this home used a variety of builder grade lights, you know, like how many cheap light fixtures can we add? kind of lights. Blah. I’ve been slowly replacing the ones that are most obnoxious (to me) first. Oh, and in case you wanted to know, the wall color is Willow Tree by Sherwin Williams.

A Kitchen Nook Makeover | happy together
I’m so pleased this little kitchen nook makeover has brought more life and style to the kitchen and of course much more functionality! Now for the next spot in our home that needs some love…..

-jess

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