How to Make Your Own Iron on Labels for Clothes

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Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • Ink jet printer
  • Word processing program
  • Iron-on transfer paper
  • Paper cutter or scissors
  • Iron
  • Ironing board

Iron-on clothing labels are handy for parents of young children. You can quickly and easily place an identifying mark inside jackets, sweatshirts and other clothes that might get mixed up at school or summer camp. Many crafters like to use iron-on labels to give a professional finish to handmade items. Creating your own iron-on labels gives you the freedom to create a custom design and include specific information on the label (such as care instructions or a personal note). Use your computer and ink jet printer to make your own labels.

Design your label using the Word Art feature in your word processing program. Include all the information you want on the label, such as a logo, a website, a child’s name, or washing instructions. Arrange the text into a shape you like. In the Word Art toolbar, select the “Rotate” option and then choose “Flip horizontal” to reverse the image. Copy and paste the design to fill three columns on an 8 1/2 by 11 inch page. Leave 1 inch of spacing between columns. The spacing between rows can be close to fit more labels on a page. If your word processor does not have the Word Art feature, fill the page with your desired text and then reverse the text in your printer settings. Click "Print" under the "File" menu and then select "Properties." Click on the "Page Layout" tab. Select "Mirror Image" under the "More Options" heading. Print a test page on regular paper.

Print out a sheet of labels on transfer paper, referring to the package instructions.

Cut out the labels. If you will not be using all of the labels at once, use a paper cutter to cut each row and save time. You can trim individual labels as you need them.

Iron the transfer onto your article of clothing. Lay the garment on an ironing board and position the transfer, printed side down, where you want the label to appear. Slowly run your iron over the piece of clothing several times.

Allow the piece of clothing to cool and then remove the transfer paper backing. The image will transfer directly to the garment.


  • Use a graphic design program to make detailed labels that include several elements (such as a logo and website information).


  • Be sure your fabric is safe to iron before transferring the iron-on label. Certain synthetic fabrics will melt when ironed. In this case, it is best to create labels on ribbon or fabric using the same process and then sew the labels into the garment.


About the Author

Carol Bancroft has been writing about food and crafts since 2000 when she launched her blog, Pure Sugar. Bancroft formerly owned a small wine shop. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of Massachusetts.

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