Sunday, November 17, 2013

How to ~

. . . print labels from your computer.

This is how I've done it.  I'm sure there are better ways, too, and I know that Saundra of Woodland Junction blogged about it not too long ago.  (Not sure where to find it on her blog.)

The easiest way is to buy Avery Printable Fabric. Just type the information you want (I use Word), put the paper in the printer and you are done.  You can iron it on or sew it.  It is pretty pricey (I think it was $15 for five sheets several years ago), but if you plan carefully it goes a long way.  The downside is that it's white, so when I've used it I stain it with coffee, tea or walnut crystals and also quite stiff.

7/8" x 1 3/8", ironed on

Another way is to use muslin or a similar weight fabric.  The fabric needs to be treated or you run the risk of the ink running if the label gets wet.  There is a commercial product called Bubble Jet Set.  I've not seen it in the stores but it is easy to find online.  You can also make your own.  Click here to find instructions. Soak fabric as per directions, and after the fabric has dried, cut it on the straight of the grain, slightly larger than 8 1/2" x 11".  Iron it on to the shiny side of freezer paper (found at the grocery store)

and cut to the size of printer paper.  It is now ready :)  I just use Word and type what I want my label to say.  Feed the fabric in your printer (yes, it really works and I've never had a problem ~ knock on wood) and hit print.

I then use a paper cutter (since I can't cut straight to save my soul) to cut to size.  I've attached to the hooked piece in a number of ways.  I've used fusible interfacing and ironed it to a slightly larger piece of wool. 

I've also turned under the edges and sewn on ~ slightly crooked even though I swear I pinned it straight :)

. . . or just sewn without turning under (see picture here).  

It really is not difficult, but I am not too good about labeling my rugs :(

If you have any questions, let me know and I will try my best to answer them.

Happy Sunday to you.  It is like springtime in Ohio today but unfortunately it is not going to last and there is talk of severe storms tonight.

Pug hugs :)


prims by olde lady morgan said...


I so need to try this! I haven't yet.. keep putting it off! and oh pooh! I see I missed a wonderful giveaway by you! But Thrilled for Cathy! OLM

Primitive Stars said...

Evening Lauren, that is so neat, thanks, Francine.

Julia said...

Thank you so much Lauren, you are an angel. It sounds pretty easy with the Avery printable fabric. I had seen somewhere about using Bubble jet and freezer paper but I was really scared to have the office printer jam. I'd gladly pay the price of that Avery printable fabric.

Please stay safe from those storm.

P.J. said...

That you Lauren for sharing this how to. I look forward to getting labels made for my finished pieces.

Kim said...

I'm watching the storms on the news. I hope you're not in the path. Scary stuff

Dog Trot Farm said...

Thank you for sharing Lauren, If I ever get anything completed I'll know how to make a label...

Glenda said...

Thank you so much for this tutorial I will give it a try.

Weekend-Windup said...

I have heard about the printable fabrics but have not tried it. Good work :)

Three Sheep Studio said...

Love, love your banner !
Great "how to" for labels. I actually have visions of a 'fabric jammed' printer !! But everyone says that won't happen.
Seeing is believing. ;)
The labels look great.

Saundra said...

I think yours is a great way to make labels because so far mine has just been on regular muslin and would love for them to be a little more stiff. You go girl! I'll look for a package of that stuff.


Farm Girl said...

How nice and creative and I would have never thought of doing that in a million years. Thanks you really helped my mind. I think I can do this. Have a great week.

The Wool Cupboard said...

Thank you, Lauren...I can't wait to try printing my own labels.

Hugs, Linda

woolwoman said...

very nice tutorial Lauren - I might just have to try that when I have another hooked finish LOL ! cheers Mel