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10 Ways of How to Make Clothing Tags | DIY Clothing Labels

10 Ways of How to Make Clothing Tags | DIY Clothing Labels

If you do a lot of sewing you’ve probably wondered how to make your own DIY clothing tags or clothing labels. I’ve tried sew-in tags in the past but I always forget to add them until it’s too late and my kids find them a bit itchy. Here are a few ideas you can use to make your own clothing labels. First, I’ll show you how I made one. Then, I’ll show you a few other ideas from around the internet to help you make your own tags or labels.

How to Make Clothing Tags or DIY Clothing Labels 

Method 1 | How to Make a Clothing Tag You Can Iron On

Iron-on clothing labels are the perfect solution for customizing your clothes! You can customize iron-on clothing labels with a size, the child’s name, etc., and add them to any sewing project. The iron-on clothing labels are so flat and smooth that my kids don’t even notice they are there! Print them off, get out your ironing board, and you're about there.

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Printing Iron-On Clothing Tags for Sewing

I made these iron-on DIY clothing labels using the Epson Label Works (affiliate link. All opinions are my own). The kit includes everything you need to start and is super easy to use! You can also buy just the printer here and the labels are also available individually. To do this you use Iron-on Clothing Tape. 


The printer includes 14 fonts, 10 styles, 300+ built-in symbols, over 75 frames, and more

I’ve enjoyed choosing symbols to match my kid’s clothing. Now I can finally keep track of their handmade wardrobe and know what size everything is! It also helps my little ones know which side is the front and which is the back. Now it’s your turn to step up your sewing game – ditch the sewn-in labels and start ironing on DIY clothing labels. Happy Sewing 🙂

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9 Other Ways to Make DIY Fabric Labels or Clothing Tags

1. Fabric Labels as Tags With Iron-on Transfer Paper from Patchwork Pottery

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to design your own graphic label on your computer and use transfer paper to print off your labels and iron them onto ribbon to make your own DIY name labels.


2. Sewn-in Labels from See Kate Sew

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to make full-color labels. It’s done by originally having custom fabric printed by Spoonflower and then cutting the fabric sheets with your rotary cutter and sewing them down for a nicer look for your DIY label.


3. Handmade Labels from Sew Many Ways

These labels are another one made from a design on your computer, freezer paper, and a piece of fabric (cotton muslin fabric in this tutorial. This is a nice detailed tutorial on how it’s done so make sure to take a look at these clothing tags.

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4. Use a Clothing Ink Stamp from Label Land

Another easy way to make customized clothing labels is to buy a personalized ink stamp. There’s several companies that offer these. The only negative is that with a personalized stamp you may not be able to label every size but that’s also true for some of the other labeling methods on this list.

DIY Clothing Tags | 10 Ways of How to Make Clothing Labels

5. Buy Customized Iron on Clothing Labels

Another option is to simply buy customized labels with your child’s name on them. This company, and a number of others, make iron-on labels that you can customize. You can get them in a variety of different styles.

DIY Clothing Tags | 10 Ways of How to Make Clothing Labels

6. Tagless Heat Transfer

Many of us have clothing now that has a tagless label in the back. This Etsy shop is an example of somewhere where you can get them to make a custom heat transfer label with your logo on it, name on it, etc. and have them send you iron-on printed labels that you can transfer directly to your clothing.

DIY Clothing Tags | 10 Ways of How to Make Clothing Labels

7. Cotton Twill Ribbon Labels from Tiny Curl

Like some of our other tutorials above, this tutorial shows how printing off your own labels can be fun and easy. Then, it shows you how to transfer them on to cotton twill ribbon and shows you how to attach them on. This specific tutorial is aimed at smaller objects like doll clothing but the same principles could be applied elsewhere.

DIY Clothing Tags | 10 Ways of How to Make Clothing Labels

8. Custom Labels | Embroidered or Screen Printed

Some of you will likely want to skip the hard work, get something that looks professional, and start sewing it on to your clothing. Certain shops like the Dutch Label Shop linked to above will make just what you need and save you a lot of time.

DIY Clothing Tags | 10 Ways of How to Make Clothing Labels

9. Get a Unique and Custom Clothing Label from Etsy

I should also point out that you get a lot of unique and fun types of clothing labels from different sellers on ETSY. You’ll be surprised at what you can find – from custom fabric clothing labels, to cork fabric labels, faux leather, and more. Make sure to sort through Etsy to find something fun.

Also, you should check out these fun leather patches that we're selling now over at Here's just a few of them. Each patch measures 1.25" square. You can use them as embellishments or as a fashionable repair over small rips or tears. You can put these on with a standard sewing machine needle and you can put them through your standard washing machine. Check them out HERE.

Faux Leather Patches- Fall Bundle

Faux Leather Patches- Wilderness Bundle

How do I design a clothing tag that stands out?

To design a clothing tag that stands out, consider using bold and eye-catching colors, unique shapes or cutouts, and high-quality materials. Incorporate your brand logo or signature design elements to create a recognizable and memorable tag. Experiment with different fonts and textures to add visual interest.

I hope you all had fun with these different ideas for custom clothing tags or clothing labels. If you enjoyed this, then you’ll surely enjoy our other Sewing Projects. Also, be sure to come visit our Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop Facebook Group to share what you make and ask your sewing questions.


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