Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Create Your Own Material Labels



I see all of these bloggers with cute little material labels they put on the clothes, quilts, and other items they make.  What a fantastic idea!  I know some of them purchase them through online shops, but I was hoping I could find a way to do it myself at home.  Enter the magic of the internet.  I found this video tutorial created by The Crafty Gemini on youtube.  I'll provide a picture/text tutorial below, but I want to stress this is not my original idea.  I completely believe in giving people credit for their ideas.


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- freezer paper
- printer paper
- glue stick
- material
- injet printer


Directions:
1. Cut the freezer paper to the size you would like.  You can cut it bigger and print several labels on one pass through the printer.


2. The freezer paper should have a dull side, and a shiny, waxy side.  It's kind of hard to tell the difference in the picture below, but in real life it's obvious.  Glue the dull side to the printer paper.  The shiny, waxy side should be facing up.






3. Position your fabric on the freezer paper and turn it upside down on your ironing board.  




4. Have your iron on a hot setting (I used the cotton setting), and NO steam.  Run the iron over the back of the paper.  Your material will now be temporarily adhered to the freezer paper.




5. Design your label in your choice of computer program.  If I'm making several at once I like to make a variety of sizes.




6. Place your prepared freezer paper/material page in the printer and print!  It worked best for me to use the tray feed on my printer.


7. You can now peel the material off the freezer paper, cut it to size, and sew it onto your project!





Super easy, but it works!  Supposedly some printers do not set the ink in well enough and the ink come out in the wash.  I haven't had that problem with my printer.  Good luck and happy label making!



23 comments:

  1. This is a great idea... thanks for passing it on to the rest of us! I would love to have some personalized labels. If we ever get our printer working again (or break down and get a new one) I'm trying this.

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  2. This project is awesome! Such a great idea!! It would be super cool if would come by today to enter my giveaway for a $50 Lowe's gift card and to link up to my very first party! http://thespacebetweenblog.wordpress.com/2012/01/31/imagine-the-impossibilities-link-party-1/
    Karah @ thespacebetweenblog

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  3. How awesome is this?! I am so going to try this!! Thanks for posting it for those of us (me) who didn't know how. I am so excited I think I have all the items needed. YAY!

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    1. So easy, right? I was excited when I found it! Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. How fun!! I love this idea. Thanks for sharing at Thursday's Temptation.
    Jill

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  5. Wish we had freezer paper over here in the UK. I have one roll stashed away somewhere and that's it.

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    1. Aw man, that stinks. Do you have wax paper? It could possibly work too. It would just mean you are glueing a waxy side down to the printer paper. I would think as long as it sticks it would be okay. Might be work a try! I didn't have any freezer paper, but I was lucky. My mom had a 150 sq foot roll at her house she wasn't using. :)
      Thanks for stopping by Aisling!

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  6. How fun! I wish I had a use for these.. since I am sewing impaired. Haha. :)

    Ps.. thank you for linking up to my Friday parrr-tay!

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  7. That's a great tip! I'm going to see if I can do it without breaking the printer :-)

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  8. Love using this method. I hadn't thought to make labels! Great idea.

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  9. Hi Briff, stopping by from Raising Oranges link party. Thanks so much for the tutorial, I always read about the freezer paper but since everybody kenw what they were talking about nobody showed it, so now I know and I can try this! Your blog is great, I love your Dandelion Daydream Apron, I'm following you now!
    Greetings from Spain

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    1. Well I'm glad I was able to show it to you! I've done it a few times now and have had nothing but success. Thanks for all of your kind words and for following my blog! So cool to have someone from Spain following. :)

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  10. What a great idea! Whenever I make something I feel bad for not having tags. With this idea I could make my own. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. That's what led me to search for this! I hope it works great for you. Thanks for stopping by!

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  11. Great tutorial and thanks for sharing! Stopping by from the Tatertots & Jello weekend party. I will definitely be trying to make these for items in my etsy shop!
    www.applestonedrive.blogspot.com

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  12. Your labels look great! I've only had a problem with coloured printer ink washing out!


    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  13. This is so awesome. Thanks bunches for linking your fun stuff up at Mop It Up Mondays at ishouldbemoppingthefloor. Have a great rest of the week!

    {HUGS},
    kristi

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    1. So glad you stopped by! Still amazed by Freezer Paper!! ;)

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  14. I'm so glad you shared this with us this week! I already know how much I love it.:)

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  15. I would like to put this tutorial on my Favorite Tutorials Page on my blog http://www.hopesanddreamsstudio.blogspot.com/. Please let me know if this would be okay with you.
    Thanks,
    Jacque

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