Ask Design Mom Week: Sew in Labels

April 3, 2009



Question:

Hi Gabrielle! I am new to sewing and I am loving making special gifts for friends and family. I would really like to have some sew-in labels made to attach to my gifts but I am having trouble finding a good source that is reasonable for the home sewer. I am a graphic designer, so I could design the label myself, but don’t know how to have it made. Thanks for your help. — Marcy



Answer:

Oh my Marcy. Now that you mention it, I think I want some too. I did a quick google search and it looks like there are lots of options out there, but having never placed an order for these, I’d love to hear some feedback first. Dearest Design Mom Readers, do you have any trusted sources on custom sew-in labels?

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1 Heather April 3, 2009 at 4:35 pm

I buy my labels from customcouturelabelcompany.com They do a WONDERFUL job of working with you and will use any font, color, and even art work on the labels if you want. They also have a nice range of prices and label sizes. I love them!

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2 Michemily April 3, 2009 at 5:06 pm

I like how “separately” was spelled wrong. Ha ha.

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3 Jen April 3, 2009 at 5:09 pm

My husband got me some labels from a designer on etsy for Valentine’s Day. I LOVE them. He told her I liked poppies and she designed them around that. Her shop is Mommie Made It. She is very reasonable and the labels are beautiful!

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4 amyks April 3, 2009 at 5:18 pm

Namemaker.com…looks like it has lots of cool stuff

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5 resa troyer April 3, 2009 at 5:25 pm

Northwest Tag and Label does small runs and has lots of sizes and materials to choose from.

http://www.nwtag.com

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6 Linz April 3, 2009 at 6:10 pm

I’ve always used fancyweaver.com for small runs of labels. I think they have 200 two color woven labels for $39.99 with free shipping.

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7 Lettie April 3, 2009 at 10:32 pm

I have also used Mommiemadeit on etsy, but prefer Jennifersjwewels. I’ve had JennifersJewels make labels for me a couple of times. They look great and are inexpensive.
There are lots of sellers on etsy and I imagine they all have something great to offer. And buying there versus a big company helps out the little people like us.

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8 josieposie April 3, 2009 at 10:52 pm

I know my friend has hers made by a guy on ETSY. Maybe search there…

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9 Sam and Jess April 3, 2009 at 11:35 pm

Another option…I too am a graphic designer, and aspiring seamstress – I design my own custom labels, then print on tshirt transfer paper, iron the transfer to a solid cream or white fabric, then sew the tag into a seam. I’ve only done it where I’ve sewn it in on the front of an object, so I press the edges under, but not sure that it would work well if just attached on one end as a traditional tag. This works well for me as I only have an occasional need for tags, and I like to alter the design to fit the piece. Good luck!

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10 Kathleen April 4, 2009 at 7:11 am

Grumperina has a great little tutorial on making your own: http://www.grumperina.com/labels.htm

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11 Molly April 4, 2009 at 8:12 am

I have bought labels from Mommy Made It also. They were just what I wanted and very affordable. You can send her your own design, but the labels are small, so keep it simple.

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12 christa Baca April 4, 2009 at 10:05 am

One thought if you are looking for a super cheap DIY alternative is to try making your own labels with T-shirt transfer paper. If you do it right, it’s very durable and can be custom made.

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13 dana April 4, 2009 at 11:08 am

Yes, it is much fun to have your own labels. It adds so much flair and professional look to your creations. I have two different sized labels I use (they can be seen here: http://dana-made-it.blogspot.com/2009/02/country-girl.html)
And I ordered them from a company called:
clothinglabels4u.com

They were very easy to work with and the labels turned out just as I had hoped. The smallest quantity you can order is 250 but if you are a crafter or sewer, you’d be surprised by how many of these you will end up using!

My sister designed the labels and logo in Illustrator. Then we emailed them to the label making company with the particular Pantone color codes.
And they shipped the labels to me the next week! I was very pleased with the results and will use them again in the future. Sorry for the long answer. Good luck with your ventures!
- dana

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14 Kim April 4, 2009 at 4:50 pm

I get all of my labels from Jennifer’s Jewels Etsy Shop. She is great to work with and shipps very quickly.

ghttp://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=82743

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15 wide open spaces April 4, 2009 at 9:05 pm

I love namemaker labels:

http://www.namemaker.com/

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16 saucymom April 6, 2009 at 12:03 pm

wow! such great tips. thank you so much everyone and thank you, gabrielle!!

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17 Granite Farm April 8, 2009 at 3:39 pm

I just ordered mine from namemaker.com. I’ll let you know what I think.

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18 carly k. April 12, 2009 at 2:10 pm

I have been wanting some personalized labels lately too and had no idea where to get them. Thank you so much for this question/post! It has helped me so much:)

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19 marymary September 12, 2009 at 12:34 am

I'm thinking of ordering some labels from this ebay seller who's a Canadian ex-pat living in Beijing with good relationships with some factories there. Seems like .10/each for a custom label is better than any other price I've seen.

http://tr.im/yugJ

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20 Advantagelabels December 19, 2010 at 10:22 am

you can but it from here..
http://www.advantagelabels .com
they have best quality labels with minimum quantity and low price…

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21 britt July 17, 2012 at 6:21 am

I got mine from sewnique boutique! They are beautifully made and extremely affordable! I got 100 labels for $12! http://www.sbshop.etsy.com

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22 FabTeeZ October 29, 2012 at 6:04 pm

I just found this tips, very useful! I just ordered from Jennifer’s Jewels’ store at Etsy. Can’t wait until I get them.

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