Wynona from Ivy Designs sells lovely handmade items and modern-vintage boutique PDF sewing patterns. Today she shows you how to make hand-stamped clothing labels for every Back to School item in your home! It’s easy, fun and it will save you time and money.

From Wynona: The lost and found department at our pre-school contains boxes full stray clothing, hats and socks. Some of the pieces will never be reunited with their little owners. But you can avoid losing your child’s items by labeling everything. What better fun than to make your own hand stamped fabric labels?!


  • Cotton Tape for stamping (I purchased mine from Karaku)
    If possible, find tape that has a smooth weave. This tape comes in various widths from 1.5cm to 3cm. Commonly-found twill tape does not work as well with stamping as the raised diagonal lines can distort the image. Alternatively, you can use 100% cotton fabric such as calico and cut out strips with pinking shears; the edges, however, will fray a little over time.
  • Acrylic or rubber stamps:
    Use alphabet letters to spell out names-– Make sure the letters are small enough to fit onto the tape. Add cute little characters for a bit of fun. You can even get custom made stamps from various stores on Etsy.
  • Stamp inkpad:
    You will need fabric ink such as Versacraft that can be washed.
  • Iron-on double-sided fusible web:
    If you don’t wish to attach the label by sewing (which can be seen on the outside), you can use double-sided fusible web instead. Choose the permanent variety such as Heatnbond Ultra or Steam-a-Seam2 that adheres with ironing.
  • Needle and thread or sewing machine:
    To attach the label to the garment
  • Scissors:
    Standard scissors or pinking shears for a decorative edge that does not fray as much.
  • Stamp cleaner (optional)

How to Start:

1. Have all of your supplies on hand.

2. Choose your stamps and cut your cotton tape or fabric to the required measurements. Make sure you leave enough room at the ends to fold under and sew down.

3 & 4. Stamp away!

5. Seal the fabric ink by using a hot iron (follow the manufacturers instructions for best results).

6. If you wish to sew your labels down, fold under the ends approx 5mm. Sew the labels down at both ends or all the way around the edges.

7. An alternative way to attach the labels without sewing is to use double-sided fusible web, which comes backed with paper. Cut the fusible web the same size as the label.

8. With the backing paper side up, iron on the fusible web to the wrong side of the label.

9. Peel the backing paper off the fusible web, which should now be fixed to the label.

10. Adhere the label on the item of clothing with a hot iron, being careful not to burn the fabric.

Other Tips:

  • To attach the labels to the inside of shoes, use fabric glue.
  • If making items of clothing, sew the labels into the seams as you go.

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