DIY Sew-In Fabric Labels

My goal this summer is to brand my business.  Practically, that means a new logo for JJCrochet, blogging, more free crochet patterns, and sew-in fabric labels for my hats.  (Ohh, big goals I know).  I got a new logo thanks to Sarah McDill on Etsy’s Alchemy and wanted to put it to use in my quest of creating a cohesive image.

After browsing Etsy, I found it would cost between $.15 and $1.00 PER LABEL to have my design printed.  I forgot to mention, but as part of this quest, the goal is to be as frugal as possible.  I can’t afford to spend that much on labels, ambitious summer quest or not.

In a search for a cheaper solution, I came across this incredible tutorial by Patchwork Pottery on how to make your own sew-in fabric labels.

All you need to make these fabric sew-in tags are:

  • 1/2 inch cotton twill tape
  • Computer and Photo Editing Program (to make your label template)
  • T-shirt transfer paper
  • Scissors
  • Iron

I bought the supplies, made the template, printed, cut, ironed, peeled, cut again, and viola – labels! On my first run through, I made 75 labels for under $5.  Victory.  $.06 per label – Eat that, you fabric label price gougers!

Click here to view the complete tutorial.


  • Geek Chic

    June 18, 2010

    I went to Joanns and bought a roll of canvas “paper” with one of the 40% coupons. I think they originally cost $24.99 a roll that is 8 ft. long. I cut 8.5 x 11 sheets and run them through my printer. After 10 mins you peel off the paper backing a voila! Printed labels on canvas fabric.

  • Jen

    June 1, 2012

    Thanks! I made a bunch of these today for my crochet hats. What a great idea!!
    Here’s a picture:

  • Victoria

    November 27, 2012

    What type of ink do you use? Is the printer ink water resistant? This may be a completely dumb, question, but it crossed my mind and wanted to double check before I get started. 🙂

  • JJCrochet

    November 28, 2012

    It’s a great question! I just used regular old ink. Whatever was in my printer. I’d say if you were planning to wash an item frequently then maybe look into water resistant ink, but the normal stuff should work great!

  • D Smith

    January 13, 2016

    What type of transfer paper did you use? The one I used left a plastic residue so it my finished product didn’t look natural like yours.

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