This is what you will need:
- Pellon Lite EZ-Steam II (one package has five 9" x 12" sheets)
- 10" x 13" white Kona fabric (or any other color that the printing can be seen on)
- Printer that uses pigment ink (no dye ink or water soluble ink)
- Permanent fine tip pen/marker
You will need to wash your fabric before using to remove any finishes from the manufacturing, and anything else that might be on there from all of the hands that have touched it. I wash in warm water without any detergent so that there isn't any detergent residue left behind. Tumble dry on cotton setting. Iron out all of the wrinkles.
PREPARING YOUR LABEL SHEET FOR PRINTING:
-After washing and ironing, cut your fabric to 8-1/2" x 11" so that it will fit through your printer.
-Following the directions on the Lite EZ-Steam II package you will remove one side of the paper backing.
-Using your hands (no ironing) press your fabric onto the pressure sensitive fusible web. Get all of the bubbles and creases out. You can lift the fabric up and reposition if needed.
-The Lite EZ-Steam II is a 9" x 12" sheet so you will need to trim down to the 8-1/2" x 11" size of your fabric. I do this after the fabric is placed so I can reposition if needed and all edges of the fabric are stuck to the fusible web.
CREATING THE IMAGES FOR YOUR LABELS:
You can use any program that you are comfortable with to make your labels, but I've found that I can fit the most onto my label sheet using Word. I can do a whole sheet at once and include smaller labels for pouches and bags, as well as labels for quilts.
Choose a font that is large enough to read, but that isn't overpowering for the item you are putting the label on. My quilt labels are a 16-22 font size, and the pouch labels are 14-16. Your text should be bold. Bold prints more ink. More ink is good.
PRINTING YOUR LABELS:
It is very important that you use an a printer that uses pigment ink. This is my middle of the road HP Photosmart All-in-One that I make my labels on.
I've had it for years and this is pretty much the only thing that I use it for now because I have a fancy schmancy Epson Artisan printer that is amazing. It won't, however, print a quilt label that will stand up to washing. It prints with beautiful hi-definition dye ink that washes right out when your put it in the washing machine. Ask me how I know? Unfortunately I found out after I had sent a few gifts with labels printed on the Artisan. If your cute label from me washed away, I am terribly sorry. If you would like another printed on the correct printer then please let me know.
-Now we are going to print. Click print on the program you are using to create your label. Click the properties button, or the button in your printer program that allows you to make changes to the way your document is printed. You will need to click on the "print in grayscale" option.
-Place the fabric label sheet in your printer so that the fabric is facing the side that gets printed on.
-Hit the print button.
I use a Millennium pen to fill out most of my labels. It is acid-free, archival quality, lightfast, waterproof, fade proof, and non-bleeding. I have used fine tip Sharpies. They work, but do bleed if you don't write fast and let the tip sit on the fabric for very long.
Either way, the best way to fill out the label is to remove the paper backing before writing. It's okay if the label is temporary stuck to your desk. It isn't a permanent bond until you iron it. Just place it on your finished project and iron in place following the package instructions.
This label is on a mini quilt that hangs on the wall in my craft room. It has been washed twice.
These are mug rugs that the VBMQG leadership team made for all of the members during our birthday celebration last year. We didn't sew these down. I have washed this poor thing at least nine times in the last 11 months. This is the only label that I have seen a problem with. The little aqua stripe washed out after the third wash, and although the black has faded you can still read it. I think the main problem with this label is that it is so small at 1-1/2" x 1-3/4". The larger labels haven't shown this type of fading.
I print my labels out, cut them apart, and they sit in a container for a while before I use them. I would wait at least two or three days before washing a label. This gives the ink time to dry thoroughly.
If you are putting the label on something that is going to get a lot of use and washing you may want to sew around the edges of the label. For most of my labels (especially on the things that are staying with me) I've just ironed them down and wash after wash they are still stuck right where I put them.
I hope that you enjoyed this tutorial and that you will find it useful if you choose to make your own labels.
Have a wonderfully creative day!
For those of you wondering, this is not a sponsored post. This is what I purchase to make my labels, and I am not being reimbursed or provided with free products for this tutorial.