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)

Fabric Label diy | happy together
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.

Fabric Label diy | happy together
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.

Fabric Label diy | happy together
Cut around the freezer paper and iron edges one more time to make sure the fabric and freezer paper is connected well.

Fabric Label diy | happy together
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.

Fabric Label diy | happy together
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

Skirted Sweatshirt Pattern and fabric label diy | happy together


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    • Jessica says

      Yes, simply printed on fabric :) I’m sure the type of ink might be what makes it work, but if you use something else please share your experience. I know it might not work for every printer, but it is my go to way now and I have done it for about three years (on this same printer) now with great results.

  1. olga Margareth Ramos says

    Thanks for sharing but here in Portugal we do not have freezer paper, so it is difficult for me to do this, can use the label paper instead?

    • Jessica says

      I’m not familiar with label paper, but freezer paper has a coating on one side that will stick to the fabric but it’s not a strong hold so it pulls off very easily (hence why I suggest reironing it after cutting it out). The other side is like a plain papery type. If it’s that adheres to the fabric and pulls off easily and makes it sturdy enough for the printer to grab it, I say try it out :) And please share your results if you.

    • Jessica says

      Hi :) It’s just the written portion and pictures here on the post, but maybe soon I can make a video to give a more visual how to.

  2. says

    Very nice tutorial! I love in how many different ways fabric labels can be made! I’d love to invite you to submit your DIY to our site! We publish projects such as yours in a dedicated post and share/pin/tweet them many times! Find the submission link in the top menu!

  3. says

    You are really resourceful! I’ve never seen this before.. I was thinking to make some for the kids shirts but it seemed like alot work in my head. Really thanks for this great shortcut it’ll save me a lot of work.

  4. Karen Morgan says

    Thank you for sharing your label making technique! May I ask do you attach the labels once trimmed with pinking shears with a staight stitch or zigzag stitch?

    • Jessica says

      I just use a simple straight stitch but you can sew it on however you like. I have always looked at all kinds of clothing labels and see many that are sewn on with the raw edges and I like how “artsy” it makes it feel hahaha. If that makes any sense :) -jess

  5. Gabrielle says

    It worked! I was using a HP OfficeJet Pro 8620. I had to change the print setting to print as though it were printing on photo paper or regular paper, best draft otherwise it pulled the sheet to quickly and jammed but once I figured that out they printed wonderfully! It seemed kind of light so I ran one sheet through a second time and that was a complete fail because it didn’t print in exactly the same spots so for anyone else – don’t try it, it’s not going to work lol.

    Thank you for the tutorial! I love my new labels!

    • Jessica says

      I hope it works out for you :) On my label, I handwrote the “happy together” on my ipad and turned it into a graphic and the other font is market deco and the font for the blog title is markella.

    • Jessica says

      Hmmmmm I’m not sure. It just depends on the ink and if the machine can do it without jamming up. Maybe another commenter might have something to say about this?

  6. Sue says

    Hello, these turned out fantastic. First try on my HP printer. Now I will just wash them to make sure they stand . Thank you for sharing this tutorial.

  7. Simon says

    Hi Jess,

    Thanx for sharing this. I’ve been spending ridiculous money on labels online. May I ask what font you use for your labels? I really like the font.
    Thank you

    • Jessica says

      You are welcome :) I hand wrote the happy together on my tablet and then I believe I used the font Market Deco for the size part.

  8. Heather says

    It worked beautifully until I washed my finished label to see how it would hold up :( The ink didn’t stay as dark and now my label is barely legible. I guess my inkjet printer (EPSON WorkForce WF-3640 with Epson ink) isn’t a good one to do this with? Thank you for the tutorial though, it was well written and easy to follow :)

    • Jessica says

      Well I think it’s great that you gave it a try! You just never know sometimes. I wish it had worked out for you. And who knows, they might have changed the formula of the ink or something that makes it respond differently for this type of project (I haven’t made any in a while, but I have had similar things happen to me and it was a change on the manufacture end). Thank you for sharing your experience :)


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