A couple days ago I gave a little Facebook teaser photo of the new DIY labels I made for the Etsy shop items. I'm going to tell how I did it and how simple it is to do for yourself so you can stop procrastinating branding yourself and your products. Even if you only craft gifts for friends it's a great way to leave behind your own special fingerprint on your items.
I basically followed the wonderful tutorial from See Kate Sew for ordering the fabric to create the labels. Simply create, size, and upload an image for your new label to Spoonflower and order accordingly from their website. They send your order in the mail (mine arrived pretty fast!) Spoonflower is a pretty awesome site for anyone to create their own custom fabrics for those that haven't already checked it out. Here's what it looks like but make sure to read Kate's post for more details on this step.
Once I received the fabric is where I varied from her tutorial, however (and made things a lot simpler and faster in my opinion). So I ordered a Fat Quarter in basic cotton because I wanted to see how the labels would look before I committed to a larger order. The fabric looked great when it arrived.
Next I cut each line of logos into strips:
And each strip I hemmed back the top and bottom. You can see the front (top) and back (bottom) of the strip below:
And that's it! Now when I need a label I cut one from my strips and sew it onto my projects. I use the pinking shears to trim the two remaining unfinished edges but it's simple enough to fold those ends over and hem them right onto your work as well.
It total, I made 90 labels for about $11. So stinkin' easy! Next thing on the agenda for the shop (other than catching up on orders) is business cards.
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