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Clothing and Care Labels for Handmade Gifts

Updated on December 8, 2014

Personalized Labels for Handmade Projects


Labels for Handmade Crafts

Handmade gifts are unique items that are made with care by sewing, quilting, crochet, knitting and many other do-it-yourself crafts. When making a gift from fabric, yarn, or other materials you want to put your mark on it and let the person receiving the item know that it is handmade.

That is where personalized or generic labels come in handy. Labels can tell a person who made the item, what materials it is made from and how to care for a garment or other accessory.

Labels can be made of paper, fabric, printed or personalized for each individual item that you create. So whether you are sewing, quilting, knitting or crocheting your item can have a unique label telling someone that you made it!

Upon completing your handmade gift whether it is a washable item or a glass item, clothing or home decor, decide if you need to place a temporary or permanent care or made by label with your gift before wrapping it or putting it in a gift bag.

Get creative and at your own personal label to your gift bag also!

Labels for Crafts

LoveLabels 4/pkg Inch Made With Love By Grandma Inch
LoveLabels 4/pkg Inch Made With Love By Grandma Inch

Love Labels have several types of labels available to show who made the item or how to care for it.


Personalize Labels

Labels can be made at home on your printer using Word or your favorite photo tool software. You can make them basic or fancy, print them on fabric, or paper, plain or color lettering the choice is yours.

Labels can be iron on, pinned on or just placed with the item in a gift box or gift bag. There are several places online that offer free printable care labels and labels that say that the item is handmade.

There are also labels available that can be personalized with your name or company name on the label. It can say anything from "Handmade by Me" to Quilted By, Crocheted by, Knitted by, An Original By, Made in the USA, etc.

Labels can also tell someone how to wash a fabric or item made from yarn so they are able to take proper care of the item.

Handmade Clothing Care Tag

Free Labels to Print

There are several sites that offer free printable care and handmade labels. These labels sometimes can be personalized and some are just standard and simple in what they say.

Craftsy has a free label that will allow you to mark how to care for a garment or handmade gift after you print the label. The free Handmade clothing care label can be printed here.

Once you printed the label just circle or mark the care instructions and attach it to your item. This way your gift will be properly cared for and you can feel comfortable giving it to the person you made it for.

Do a search on Google or Pinterest for free printable labels you are certain to come across several types for all sorts of crafts including clothing, wood, glass and other handmade items.

Be careful when using adhesive labels on items you may not be able to remove the sticker easily and it may damage the item. Sometimes pinning or laying the label with the item works best.

Iron On Labels

Iron-on labels work well for handmade items. These can be written or printed on with your own special message or care information.

Iron on labels come in no-iron fabric labels, durable flexible labels, and self-laminating heavy duty labels depending on your project.

The no-iron on labels allow you to write on your project, peel of the back and stick it on. The durable flexible labels are extra sturdy and resist water and tearing. The self-laminate labels allow you to wipe your labels clean and are tough and water resistant.

Choose your label according what type of item you have made. If it needs to be washed be sure to go for a water resistant machine washable label.

Iron-on labels are great for items that you want to make sure that are cared for year after year and that they are carefully taken care of. Consider these labels when you have a special gift to give to someone that you have put a lot of time and effort into.

Printed Labels

Printed labels are meant to be temporary and removed from the item that you made unless it is a non-washable craft than it can be stuck on to the item.

You can easily print your own care or made by labels using your printer, labels or just plain paper and pin them on.

These labels can be creative, colorful or just plain black and white lettering. Add your own personal touch or special note to give along with your handmade gift.

Printed Labels

Martha Stewart Crafts Kraft Tags
Martha Stewart Crafts Kraft Tags

Here is a simple way to tag your craft item and allow them to be easily removed.


Fabric Labels

There are several types of fabric labels some of which can be personalized either when your order or by you once you receive them.

Fabric labels can be embroidered, written on, or printed on by a printer. Some crafters will know how to create these on their own while others can order these types of labels online.

Fabric labels are great for sweaters, shirts, quilts, blankets, afghans, scarves, and other clothing items that need to be washed and care for. Especially if you are using a delicate type fabric or yarn that needs special care.

The finishing touch is adding a label on your handmade creation letting them know that you made this special gift just for them!

Fabric Labels

Avery Printable Fabric for Inkjet Printers, 8.5 x 11 Inches, Pack of 5 (03384)
Avery Printable Fabric for Inkjet Printers, 8.5 x 11 Inches, Pack of 5 (03384)

These labels can easily be printed on with your own personal message. From pillows, to bags, quilts, and more these can be used to print labels with your own printer and your own favorite creative software.


Finish Your Handmade Item with Care

Make sure when giving a gift item that you let the recipient know that you made it and how to take care of the personal gift.

They will appreciate know right as soon as they open it that you gave your time and creativity into making something just for them and every time they see the label on the gift they will remember that you made it.

A handmade gift is something special and most people will cherish the item for years to come so don't forget to let them know that you made it and they need to take care of the quilt, blanket, pillow, or other special handmade gift!

How to Make a Label

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    • RTalloni profile image

      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      It's easy to forget to add identifying and/or care labels to handmade gifts. This is a good reminder.