As part of my new product investigation, which hopefully will be coming soon, I wanted to produce fabric labels to be attached to textile objects like cushions, bags, purses etc. I was pretty chuffed that they worked out so well, so I thought I'd spread the love with this little how to tutorial...
I bought fabric tape in white from the land of the internet (eBay) that was wide enough for the design I had in mind. In my case, this was 25mm, so the edges of my labels always look neat and don't require any time consuming stitching etc.
Using Indesign, I created a repeated design of my labels. On the first take I included my website, but this was far too finely detailed for the fabric to cope with, so I ended up keeping it simple and legible. The great thing about Indesign is that it's very controllable to the tiniest measurement, allowing for plenty of fine tuning in the printing stage.
Whilst designing, you might want to consider making your design larger than the ribbon width to allow for some wiggle room in the printing stage. As my labels are going to be looped over, each individual label has text upside down as well as right side up.
Next I used normal sticking tape to attach the ribbon at both ends to a piece of normal A4 paper. For extra security I put some double sided tape underneath the ribbon to make sure it was really secure and straight.
Then I hit print! (Please note this is a tiny bit of a gamble, and I take no responsibility if your printer chews it up and spits it out in a huff...)
It took a few takes of fine tuning to work out the exact millimetre placement of the ribbon to make it repeatable and guaranteed, so it's worth not cutting a really long piece first time. Having an understanding of which way round your printer feeds really helps with this!
The fabric is fairly damp with ink when it first shoots out, so I let mine dry for a good hour, and then ironed it very thoroughly to make the ink set. Again, the success of this depends on your printer and the ink you use - it's definitely worth doing a test piece and washing it to check your ink will stay to avoid heartache!
Then it's just a case of cutting up your labels, folding them and stitching them to anything and everything your heart desires!
Good luck! Let me know how you get on!