At one time, fabric and craft stores would provide separately for the asking fabric care and content labels that were often routinely provided by the fabric manufacturer along with their fabric bolts. All fabrics that are neatly wrapped around cardboard bolts standing upright on easy access shelves in your favorite fabric store contain a label on the end of the bolt that provides important information about the fabric.
This end of bolt label is a wealth of information: manufacturer’s name, sometimes mailing address or website, fiber content, care and washing instructions, width of fabric, total amount on the bolt, any industry identified information and of course the price per yard. Consider using this pertinent information to make your own labels by writing details in a notebook or take a picture with your cell phone to record essential facts. This information can be used to create your own unique fabric care and content labels.
By using a word processing program and an inkjet printer, you can print your own fabric care labels directly onto fabric using a made-for-printer-use fabric sheet (a piece of fabric bonded to paper sized to 8 1/2" x 11") or you can make your own printer fabric sheet. There are several methods for making printable fabric sheets however they must first be pre-treated with an ink fixative so your fabric sheet becomes colorfast and will retain the image after washing.
The ink fixative solution (look for print-to-fabric resources on the web) is applied to the fabric, dried, and then the fabric is ironed to the smooth side of freezer paper (not waxed paper) pre-cut to 8 1/2" x 11" the same as printer paper size. The fabric must be firmly adhered to the freezer paper in order to pass through the printer using a manual feed. Be sure your inkjet printer will accept a fabric sheet in lieu of printer paper in order not to void any warranty.
Note: Laser printing on fabric is not advised.
Whether iron-on, stick-on or sewn-on fabric care and content labels created by home crafters and sewers may contain the following useful information:
Fabric Care Labels contain wording such as 100% Cotton Machine Wash Cool, Tumble Dry Low; 100% Cotton, Hand Wash Cold; 100% Polyester, Machine Wash, Gentle Cycle; 100% Rayon, Dry Clean Only; Hand Wash, Cold Water; 50% Cotton 50% Polyester, Machine Wash, Tumble Dry Low. These are just a few examples to use to create the label and then sew into your finished garment or product.
Washing Instructions: Hand Wash, Cold Water, Dry Flat; Hand Wash, Line Dry, No Bleach, Cool Iron; Machine Wash Separately, Warm Water, Line Dry; Dry-Clean Only - just a few familiar instructions that can be adapted for labeling.
Fiber Content such as: 100% cotton, silk, polyester, rayon, nylon, linen, wool; 50% cotton/50% polyester, or multiple fiber content such as 20% wool/60% polyester/20% silk can be included as well.
Size: if applicable for clothing items.
Remember to provide complete instructions or any warnings if the garment or fabric product is to be sold to consumers.
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