After I finish creating a garment, I love to label it. Mostly so that the garment feels more polished and sometimes so that I can tell the front from the back! As I was starting to make a lot of my own maternity shirts I realized that placing a size for the label didn’t really make much sense. For one, most of the garments were custom to fit me – a mash of many different sizes and alterations. Secondly, I have been through pregnancy three times before and know that I start to feel rather large by the end. I don’t want to feel that way. And I know that’s not just me! So, I decided to inspire myself through my clothing labels.
Instead of labeling yourself a size, encourage yourself through these unique clothing labels you can make yourself! Here’s how.
- Cricut Explore or other cutting machine
- Adhesive vinyl (scraps!)
- Completed garment
Step 1: Create and Cut your Label(s)
Through Cricut Design Space (or your software of choice), you can create text or use images of your preference to make your clothing labels. Since you’re making your own clothes, sizes don’t really mean much – this is where you get to be creative! Use inspiring words to encourage you as you dress for the day or a fun word to make you smile. In the end, you’ll probably be the only one who sees it, so use something you love and will make you feel amazing as you carry your baby around all day. I went with: Radiant, Lovely, Pretty, Brave, Beautiful, and Brilliant.
Size each of these words according to your desire. Mine were all approximately 2-2.5″ long and about 1″ tall.
Once you have the words ready, go to cut. This is where saving those scraps of vinyl really comes in handy! Since my scraps of vinyl weren’t 12″ wide like the original canvas, I selected 6″x6″ for material size and proceeded.
Now all my words fit on my scrap of vinyl. If your scrap is even smaller, simply only print one or two words at a time.
Then select “mirror image for iron-on” and proceed to cut.
Watch the magic unfold! This is my favorite part – watching the cutting machine do its work. :)
Step 2: Prepare your Vinyl
Begin by carefully cutting around each word so you can iron them on to separate garments. Then, peel off the excess vinyl to reveal only what you want displayed on your shirt.
Step 3: Prepare your Garment
Mark the location of where you want your clothing label. For a shirt, measure the back neckline and place a mark in the middle of the garment.
Then place your label directly onto the shirt. Some vinyl requires that you pre-heat the shirt before placing the iron-on vinyl into position. If that is the case, be sure to do that first.
Step 4: Finish your Label
Place a scrap piece of cloth over your vinyl and heat press or iron according to the vinyl specifications. Peel off the application sheet and reveal your new label!
And now you have a tag-less, size-less, simple and inspiring way to mark the back of your garments.
So, what are you waiting for? Go label some of your handmade clothes and feel beautiful, radiant, and brave every time you get dressed in the morning!
These labels don’t show through to the other side of my garments and they don’t scratch because there’s no tag involved. These are definitely going to be my go-to labeling method from now on!
For more details on each of these shirts, hop on over to Sew Thrifty’s maternity section!