DIY :: Make your own Product Tags for Handmade Items

Hello December! It is getting busy around here.  I’m gearing up for a wonderful artisan market coming up this weekend (it’s here if you are local) and I’m so excited.  People inevitably ask me, at these markets, where I get my product tags and are always surprised when I tell them I make them.  But, it so darn easy!  And, super cheap!

A super cheap and easy way to make your own product tags! Label your lovely stuff!!

Today, I’m sharing how I make them so you can add them to your handmade items.  (Quick public service announcement: Whether you sell things or not, you should label your handmade goods.  They are so special! You made them.)

This is my super cheap, easy and spectacular method for making product tags. 

You will want to gather the following supplies: A sheet of iron-on fabric transfer paper for light colored fabrics (I use an Avery brand iron-on like this one – affiliate link), cotton twill tape (I like the quality at Twill Tape Guy but you have to buy in bulk)  , an iron and fabric scissors.

1. Start by typing up a document with your word choice in whatever font you would like.  Don’t worry about spacing, you will be cutting out each logo so just make sure they don’t overlap and then put as many on one page as you can.  Before you print out your document, flip the words so they appear backwards.  This step is a little different depending on your computer but on my Mac I am given the option to flip horizontally when I get to the print function page.  Once you are sure the words are flipped, print it out on your transfer paper.

DIY: Make your own personalized labels

2. Cut out each logo as close to the edge of the text as you can (without driving yourself crazy).

DIY: Make your own personalized labels

3. Place them word side down onto your twill tape spaced about 2 inches away from each other. Iron directly onto the back of the paper and PRESS HARD for about 20 seconds.  The instructions that come with the transfer paper recommend using a harder surface than an ironing board so I lay down layers of burlap over my studio table and then place a pressing cloth over that before I iron.

DIY: Make your own personalized labels

4. Let the logos cool completely.  Don’t cheat, if it isn’t cool, it won’t work as well.  Peel off the paper to reveal your very own adorable custom product tags! Hey rockstar! The world can see you now!

DIY: Make your own personalized labels

5. To use your lovely creation, clip each one.

DIY: Make your own personalized labels

Now you can fold them in half and sew them into your next project.  Look how nice that looks!

DIY: Make your own personalized labels

To make this even cheaper and eco-friendly, I take the twill tape out of fancy shopping bags and reuse it to make my tags.  If you shop at Anthropologie you might have already noticed my trick.

34 Comments on DIY :: Make your own Product Tags for Handmade Items

  1. Pat
    December 3, 2014 at 12:20 pm (3 years ago)

    Amazing!! They are so cute.

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  2. Gina
    December 3, 2014 at 3:49 pm (3 years ago)

    Hi Melissa….great post! I was wondering……….that link to Amazon doesn’t seem to work for me so I’m not sure exactly which Avery label you’re recommending.

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    • Melissa Q.
      December 4, 2014 at 4:33 pm (3 years ago)

      Oh darn! Thanks for pointing that out, I will fix it.

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      • Gina
        December 4, 2014 at 5:08 pm (3 years ago)

        Thanks a big bunch, Melissa!! You rock! 🙂

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        • Melissa Q.
          December 10, 2014 at 9:40 pm (3 years ago)

          Thanks! *blush*

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  3. Alisha
    December 3, 2014 at 5:03 pm (3 years ago)

    This is incredibly timely! I am making my two boys identical gifts for Christmas, and I was thinking of outsourcing the tags (to differentiate between the two identical items) to my MIL who has a much fancier sewing machine than I do. I figured I could get her to sew their names onto tags, now I don’t have to! What a simple solution!!!
    Thank you, thank you!!

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    • Melissa Q.
      December 4, 2014 at 4:32 pm (3 years ago)

      Yay! So glad it was helpful! You could also add sweet little messages. I’ve put “I love you” on a tag before, back when my boys didn’t say yuck to such sentiments. 🙂

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  4. Carla Fiedler
    December 3, 2014 at 6:34 pm (3 years ago)

    How nice! Thanks for sharing your tip. Do you need to use an inkjet printer? I think laser printers will not work…

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    • Melissa Q.
      December 4, 2014 at 4:31 pm (3 years ago)

      Carla, I do use an inkjet printer. Although, you could look for transfer paper specifically designed for laser printers, I will bet that would work.

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      • Kim
        March 29, 2016 at 4:59 pm (1 year ago)

        Hi, Melissa! I have a regular Inkjet printer as well… Won’t the ink just melt off when the clothes are washed?

        Thank you so much for this tutorial! I do hope you can answer my question!

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        • Melissa Q.
          April 2, 2016 at 11:35 pm (1 year ago)

          That is what is so wonderful about the transfer paper! It won’t wash away.

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  5. melintheattic
    December 4, 2014 at 3:51 pm (3 years ago)

    So smart! And beautiful. I’m really loving your stuff for this boutique! Can’t wait to see you.

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    • Melissa Q.
      December 4, 2014 at 4:31 pm (3 years ago)

      Me too! I’m so excited.

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  6. Diane
    December 4, 2014 at 7:05 pm (3 years ago)

    Thanks for sharing your cool directions. I typically order mine online and they take forever to Rrive. I like the idea that you can print them up yourself and use any font, color and image. I will have to try this soon. See you tomorrow!

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    • Melissa Q.
      December 10, 2014 at 9:40 pm (3 years ago)

      Exactly! Instant labels!

      Reply
  7. WendP
    December 8, 2014 at 9:18 pm (3 years ago)

    How quickly do they fade or wash out?

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    • Melissa Q.
      December 10, 2014 at 9:42 pm (3 years ago)

      Ooh, great question. I haven’t specifically tested this but I do have a pair of kid’s PJ pants that were washed many times and the tag started to fade…probably after a half a year of heavy use. Of course, by then he had grown out of them. So, it didn’t really matter but for other things this is something to consider!

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      • varenikje
        December 11, 2014 at 1:05 pm (3 years ago)

        Well, and some things like a potholder or quilt wouldn’t get washed nearly so often as a pair of PJ pants.

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  8. Diane
    December 8, 2014 at 11:47 pm (3 years ago)

    Do you think I could draw a logo on the paper after I print the “word” part of my name?

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    • Melissa Q.
      December 10, 2014 at 9:37 pm (3 years ago)

      Hmm..you will probably want to find a digital font close to your illustration ideas…I don’t think a drawing would last. Sorry!

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  9. Kriss
    December 9, 2014 at 12:00 am (3 years ago)

    This is perfect timing. I was looking for a way to create washing instruction tags for some items of clothing I am making. This would be perfect! And I get to add my own little details. Thank you!

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    • Melissa Q.
      December 10, 2014 at 9:37 pm (3 years ago)

      Great idea! Washing instructions is a great use of the tag!

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  10. Yvette Williams Elliott
    December 9, 2014 at 4:58 pm (3 years ago)

    Thank you so much for sharing this – I am looking forward to trying it out.

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    • Melissa Q.
      December 10, 2014 at 9:37 pm (3 years ago)

      So glad it was helpful Yvette! Good luck!

      Reply
  11. Amanda
    December 10, 2014 at 4:57 pm (3 years ago)

    I make it a step easier, I use a rubber stamp. Years ago, I got my company name printed by “Stampin’ UP!” I’m sure a local printing place could do it too. I use Stazon ink and iron it after to heat set the ink. Quick and easy. I like your twill with the red stitching. Gotta find some of that. :} Thanks for sharing.

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    • Melissa Q.
      December 10, 2014 at 9:38 pm (3 years ago)

      Great idea! Does the stamp penetrate the textural elements of the twill tape, I wonder?

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  12. Ellice Blaylock
    December 10, 2014 at 6:01 pm (3 years ago)

    Hi Melissa, exactly what kind of tape did you use? I cannot find the kind with the lined edges. And the width, too.
    Thanks,
    Ellice
    elliceblay@yahoo.com

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    • Melissa Q.
      December 10, 2014 at 9:39 pm (3 years ago)

      The kind with the red lined edges is actually taken from the bag straps of bags from Anthropologie!! I did see some with thicker red lines in the seasonal section at Michaels the other day, you could try that. It’s about 1/2″ thick. Hope this helps!

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  13. Brenda Wiseman
    December 20, 2014 at 1:43 pm (3 years ago)

    Inexpensive ribbon works really well, also, for a fancier version. Also to sew on the inside or backside for care instructions, if needed.

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    • Melissa Q.
      December 22, 2014 at 8:59 am (3 years ago)

      Yes! Care instructions! Brilliant.

      Reply
  14. Alicia
    January 28, 2017 at 11:25 am (7 months ago)

    Hi, Thank you so much!!! This is a wonderful tutorial! Your info was so helpful and I am going to make my own using this method! I want to try with ribbon also but that twill tape looks great! Thanks again!

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    • Melissa Q.
      January 30, 2017 at 3:24 pm (7 months ago)

      I’m so glad you found it useful! Good luck.

      Reply

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