Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Need to be CPSIA compliant? Make Your Own Sewing Labels
Sometimes it is tough being a small business owner in a big business world. There are so many things you need to be complaint and linceses you are suppose to have. It can be over-whelming. Although I do buy my business labels for my clothing from Mommie Made It because I am horrible sometimes with picking an image and then making it look good and the right size but if you are good at this or have the good software (I don't) then you can use this same idea for that. I make my own wash and care and size labels to be CPSIA complaint.
So I got these fabric sheet at Joanns. June Tailors Sew-in Colorfast Fabric Sheet for Ink Jet Printers . They were $51.99 for 25 but of course I used my 40% off coupon and I just saw them on Amazon for $31.99 plus shipping
So I used Miscrosoft Word to make my labels. I first put my page setup to landscape and got rid of the header and footers and side margins. Then it asks to fix and I say okay to have the minimum margins. Then I go to format and columns and put in the number of columns I want. For my washing labels I used 8 columns (pictured above) and 15 columns for my size labels (pictured below).
I center my text in the columns and then do a lot of copy and pasting instead of rewriting everything over and over. I usually do one set of words copy and paste until a column is done then copy that column and paste in the consecutive columns until I am finished.
I usually print a test on regular paper to check spacing and that it looks right and I have enough space to sew into my garments. I then print on the fabric sheets.
Allow to Dry for 10 minutes and then iron on cotton setting without steam for 1-2 minutes to set ink.
I then use my paper cutter to cut out my labels and remove paper backing. I find that whatever they use to allow you to print on the fabric prevents it from fraying as well. Now I have nice labels for my garments.
There are lots of different ways to make your own labels and here is a site with multiple ways: http://craftingagreenworld.com/2009/01/23/5-ways-to-make-your-own-fabric-labels/
Goodluck in your sewing adventures!!!