Jan 2, 2010

Quick Sew-in Labels Tutorial

Holidays are over, the house is cleaned up, and it's back to work for me! I realized I was out of label tags for the bottom of my shoes, and I thought since I am making more, why not make a tutorial out of it! They are so quick and easy to make, and make my shoes look so much more professional, that I thought someone else might benefit from this.

You will need some easy supplies: An iron, fabric (color fast works best), your computer/printer, and Heat and Bond Iron on Adhesive.

First you need to cut out a rectangle of Heat and Bond so that it is the exact size of a piece of paper. Then iron it to your fabric. Cut the fabric out around the edges.

*A tip: I don't use Pellon fusing because it is a real pain to peel off the backing and doesn't seem to stick as well. Heat and Bond is far stiffer and seals to the fabric better.

Here is a photo of the Heat and Bond ironed to the fabric:
Here is an example of the type of fabric you can buy at Joanns or other fabric stores. The ink doesn't run in the wash. There are other brands out there as well, so look around. You will notice that since my shoes are handwash only, I don't worry about this. I like the look of antique white instead of stark white, so I print on regular dyed fabric. But if you were putting this on a dress which will be washed a lot, I recommend colorfast. I tea dye mine first so that it's not so stark white.Now you'll go to your computer and make labels on Word. My label page looks like this:If you are wondering how I got the little frame around it, I made a little logo in photoshop, saved it as a photo, and then imported and resized it in Word. I made my labels small, so columns of four seemed to work well for me. Then I simply took my fabric/Heat and Bond fused sheet and ran it through my printer. Make sure it doesn't catch because it's stiff but not as flat as a regular piece of paper (the edges tend to curl up after ironing). You should have something that looks like this after printing:Simply cut your strips apart. I toss mine in a little bin so they are ready to grab and iron on as I'm sewing my shoes:And the finished product (or one of them). Much more professional right? If you are sewing a garment, I recommend sewing around the edges so that they don't peel up in the wash. I find that for me though, Heat and Bond sticks extremely well to my felt soles, and doesn't peel up at all. It does however, peel up more on regular cotton, and so sewing is needed. That's it. My labels are done. It took only about 15 minutes since my Word doc has already been made, and now I need to go back to sewing those shoes!