DIY Printable Fabric Labels | Easy Iron-On Method

diy printable fabric labels

Making your own DIY printable fabric labels is a simple project that can save you a lot of money and give your homemade projects some character and charm!

Whether you sell your goods, give them away as gifts, or create things for yourself, adding a cute label makes them look professional and authentic.

I add labels to everything!

When I decided years ago to make tags for the items I sold in my Etsy shop, (buying them can be quite costly) I did a lot of research and through trial and error, found this technique to be the best.

Using transfer paper and fabric or ribbon made the labels more durable and looked a lot nicer. 

I have been getting a lot of inquiries as to how I make my labels, so I thought I would show you how.

You can watch my YouTube here. 

There are so many ways that you can add a label, and it’s really easy to make your own. In this tutorial, I will show you how to

  • print your labels 
  • iron them onto a piece of fabric, ribbon or twill tape 
  • show you several ideas of how you can apply them to your homemade projects 

Items & Materials Needed


You can design your labels on any computer program, which is quite easy to do. Or I have a set of EDITABLE LABELS that you can download and print.


Make sure you have the correct type of transfer paper for your printer. The most common transfer paper is for inkjet printers, but they also have it for laser printers.

Follow the transfer paper printing instructions. 

When you go to print your labels, you must change the settings to print backward.

Note that every printer queue is different and you may have to look for this setting.

You may have to go to the advanced settings and choose “flip image” or “mirror image”. 

If you don’t change this setting, when you apply the iron-on label, the text will be backward.

I recommend printing them out on regular paper first to make sure it is how you want it. (You don’t want to waste transfer paper)!


Here is a tutorial showing a workaround that works great.



There are several types of materials you can use to make your labels. Depending on what look you want will determine what type of material you use. Here are some suggestions:

  • Ribbon of all types (I use a white 5/8 inch ribbon for my “J” labels). The ribbon is nice to use because two of the four sides are finished and won’t fray. 
  • Cotton twill tape works well for a wide horizontal label. 
  • Woven fabric (If using fabric, you may want to stabilize it so it doesn’t fray by applying iron-on interfacing to the back before ironing on the transfer paper).


Once you have printed out the labels, and have decided what to iron them to, it’s time to cut them out.

If you are going to use fabric and want to make a whole sheet of labels, just iron on the whole sheet and cut afterward.

If you are using ribbon, cut the transfer paper into strips the same size as the ribbon. (Anything wider than the ribbon will stick to your ironing board). 


  • Follow the transfer paper instruction. Most likely it will tell you to turn OFF STEAM and use the highest heat setting. 
  • Place the transfer paper with the lettering facing down onto the ribbon. Press in place, making sure to cover the whole label.
  • Let the label cool before peeling off the back paper. You will notice that there is a plasticky like coating now on the label. This makes it more durable and washable. 


There are several ways to apply the label to your project.

  • Sew the label into the seam of the project. Fold the label strip in half and with the raw edges of the ribbon facing out past the seam allowance as shown in the picture above.

Topstitch around the edge of the label using a small zigzag stitch on your sewing machine.

If using a fabric label, you can fold the edges under and either topstitch with a sewing machine or sew by hand using a slip stitch.

*Note: If using ribbon, to keep the cut edges from fraying add a dab of “fray check” to the cut edges. This works well.

Pretty simple, right?

Such a fun way to add a little character and charm to your beloved handmade items.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Have fun sewing!




Jan Howell

Jan Howell

Whether it’s a new recipe, a fun craft, or some handy tips for your garden and home, I hope to empower and inspire you with skills that you can use to create joy, improved health, and to do it in a simple way.

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DIY Deodorant Labels

deodorant labels

Yesterday I whipped up another batch of my natural deodorant. When I was putting the labels on the jars I thought some of you may want to have access to these deodorant labels too. Your DIY products deserve to have a cute label, don’t ya think?I  hope you’ve had a chance to try this deodorant, if not, you need to give it a whirl. It is really easy to make. You won’t regret it. Everyone I know who has tried it, loves it.

You can get the instructions and recipe here.

I create labels for all the stuff I make. It is so irritating to make something, put it in a bottle or jar and not remember what the heck it is for. Have any of you done that before? Although you probably won’t forget what this lovely gray goop is, it is still fun to have it in a cute labeled jar.

So if you are interested, I have the labels available in my Etsy shop. You can either print your own or order them already printed on durable, waterproof paper.

There are several sticker sizes available

Whether you are using a recycled face cream lotion jar, a hair product jar, or a cute little travel tin, I have you covered.


deodorant labels

small jar top

deodorant label

side jar label

Some jars work better to have a label on the side.

deodorant label

travel tin label

This is the perfect little size for traveling. You don’t have to lug the whole jar with you.

deodorant label

variety set

If you are like me, most likely you’ll have a variety of recycled jars available when you make up your deodorant.

The printable PDF set comes with all of them so you can print out what you need, when you need them.

deodorant label

All of the labels include the ingredients except for the travel tin.

For all the youmakeitsimple followers, I am giving you a coupon code to get a 20% off discount in my shop.

Just type the code:


If you haven’t switched to a natural deodorant, I hope you consider it for your health. When you do, this recipe really is the best thing I have tried. Enjoy!


Jan Howell

Jan Howell

Whether it’s a new recipe, a fun craft, or some handy tips for your garden and home, I hope to empower and inspire you with skills that you can use to create joy, improved health, and to do it in a simple way.

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