How To Attach Labels to Your Clothes

When we talk about adding your brand labels to your item, most people would think to sew them, either using a sewing machine or by hand (not too practical when you have to attach 100+ labels). And while that’s probably the “best way”, it’s not the only one.

Yes, you do have options!

And that’s thanks to the “magic of backings” and by backing we are referring to a thin film of material that can be added to your labels to make them iron-on or even peel-n-stick.

Be warned that if your label has any kind of folds, you will have to sew it on, as the backing will be “hidden” inside the fold.

Without any further ado, here they are: 5 ways to put tags on clothing.

1. Sewing Your Labels

The techniques may vary, but there are only 2 options, for attaching your labels to sweaters, shorts, pants, shirts, t-shirts, dress or whatever type of cloth you be producing or planning to sell:

– Hand sewing

This is an excelent choice for those with a lot of time and patience. Nevertheless it is not recommended for labeling a large amount of clothing products. If that’s your case pass on directly to the next bullet, otherwise you will enjoy the following video tutorial.

TIP: Save time by pulling the thread thru the back of the label, instead of cutting it.

Machine sewing

Luckily, nowadays there are all kind of affordable sewing machines available out there, besides you can use an embroidery machine to automate the process and even an special label sewing machine.

The following video covers all the basics of how to sew a label using a sewing machine and it is an excellent point where to start.

TIP: Order pre-folded end-labels or center-fold labels to save time at the time of sewing.

2. How to attach Iron-on Labels

Iron-on labels are very practical, easy to use and they will adhere greatly to your items.

Although not necessary, you can mix both methods, first iron them on and then sew them into place. However, you have to be careful and make sure your item is not made out of a fabric that is heat sensitive, or you will risk to damaged it with the heat from the iron.

That being said let’s review the 4 main steps to iron-on your garment

  1. Set the iron on cotton mode or take the heat level to a medium point.
  2. Peel the back of the label if necessary. Fix the label to place you want it to be
  3. Apply heat by 10 seconds, then put the iron aside and check the label, do that as many times as required until creating a solid bond.
  4. Let it cool down and wait at least 24 hours before washing and drying

TIP: Remember to always use a piece of fabric between your garment and the iron. Do not apply the iron directly over your cloth or label, or your will risk damaging your item.

3. How to attach stick-on labels on fabric

Also called peel and stick labels or self adhesive labels, they come with a thin glue film on the back which will adhere instantly to any kind of fabric surface.

You don’t need any iron, just peal it and stick it!

On cloth

When used for identifying your cloth is very practical.

This is an smart solution that help parents to easily differentiate their children’s socks and underwear, commonly washed together.

The downside of this method is that the attached labels will eventually fall down into the washing machine.

On furniture

The upside of self adhesive labels woven labels, is that they are great for branding your furniture or upholstery.

In these kind of support peel and stick labels can last a lifetime, at least they won’t fall down that easy.

TIP: Save time by using Adhesive or peel-n-stick labels, they will work great for items that will not be washed.

4. How to attach Quilt Labels

There are several ways for labeling your hand crafted quilts.

The possibilities varies from signing directly over a piece of white cotton sewn on one corner of the quilt, to printing or embroidering a design over a piece of fabric and attaching it using double sided heatpress tape as explained in the following video.

TIP: Cut the iron-on-on strip shorter that your label so it will not stick to your iron.

5. Attaching Center-Fold Labels

As we said at the beginning of this article, folded labels cannot be attached with adhesive. They have to be sewn by hand or using a sewing machine there is no other way so far.

Use a pin to set the label in place and sew the label on the hem of your t-shirt.

TIP: Center-fold labels are easy to stitch: you will only need to sew them from the open side of label. Voila!