May 27, 2010

My Creative Space: Making Labels

A little ago someone asked me how do I make my fabric labels I sew on my purses. Here is the process with a few pictures for your inspiration.

I have this old rubber stamp where you can arrange letters as you wish

A while back I found this sweet and light fabric from a flea market
I need strong fusible interfacing to iron on the back side of my fabric

Water based screenprinting base and a few drops of pigment to make a paste

I cut reinforced fabric into long strips and attach them to my ironing board with pins. I place at least two pieces side by side to make a large batch of labels at once. You need a flat thick sponge or similar (sorry I forgot that picture!) Add a small amount of paste on your sponge and test your stamp (you need a very small amount only). Leave the paste to dry. Iron with appropriate setting to make the print permanent. Wash the stamp and the sponge for further use.

Here's my result. Now I can cut the labels with scissors as I need them

They give a nice finishing touch and emphasize the handmade feel I love.

I hope you got some inspiration to try this on your own. You can basically use any rubber stamp but those with very fine details may not work very well. If you have any questions, feel free to ask. If you give a try I would love to hear how did you succeed!

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14 comments:

Pamela Angus said...

sweet!

NorraSud by ROROISM said...

great!
i am very close to this..
just no paste base ;-S

Heather said...

you never cease to amaze me, minna.
i love those!
oh, and my sister, brooke, who is living with me commented yesterday how much she LOVES your clutches.
of course, she was staring at MY CLUTCH that i bought from you last summer....you just may have another sale soon ;)

Antje said...

Thank you very much. Before I did it almost the same way - but just almost. Now, I will do it better, ;-)

ira said...

Oh very interesting Minna and the result innocently sweet:)

vadjutka said...

how clever!
I like your labels Minna!

tortagialla said...

Oh wow, thanks for sharing your process! The labels are adorable...love the homemade love in it :)

severien said...

i love how they look and feel handmade... and simple lettering.. a perfect touch to your beautiful creations!

and thanks for showing us how to do this! i'm receiving a custom made stamp (i won it in a give-away) very soon, so now i know what to do with it!! :)

Helmitarha said...

Love your labels! Really nice finishing touch!

happyment said...

Beautiful labels! Thank you for sharing!

Susan L (lily40au) said...

such a simple idea ... and they do add a really nice touch.

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melissa said...

wow minna they are fantastic....
wonderful idea!

Missus D said...

that is such a great idea!
do you think with interfacing, the fabric is stiff enough to be printed on?

karuski said...

Thanks girls, I hope some of you will try something similar one day soon:)

MissusD,
This is the reason I add interfacing as my cotton is rather light. When reinforced it becomes perfectly stiff for printing. It all depends on your base material.

-minna

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