How to Print on Fabric | DIY Fabric Labels

LAST UPDATED: Apr 16, 2021 | PUBLISHED: Nov 01, 2012 | By:

Learn how to print on fabric with this step by step DIY tutorial. These homemade fabric labels are easy to make and adds a unique detail to an otherwise plain bottle. You can also spice up your table, invitations, framed art, and more!

jar filled with apple cider with printed label on table setting, pumpkins stacked in the background.

Originally published November 1, 2012 and updated April 16, 2021 with fresh content.

I enjoy adding little details to make even the simple things feel special. I spiced up the apple cider bottle with a fabric label, a technique I’ve used for invitations, cards, framed art and more.

I love fabric projects – they add a hint of texture making anything and everything feel special, like this Fabric Pin Board.

With that in mind, this is a step by step tutorial to help you incorporate the charming texture and vintage style of fabric into all your table settings and home decor. There are so many fun ideas you can use this project for!

Spiced apple cider in a clear glass bottle with a fabric printed label, on a table set for a fall gathering.

How to Use Printed Fabric

The potential for this project is infinite! A few ideas on how I have used this project:

  • Table numbers on wine bottles for a wedding.
  • Labeling jars in your kitchen for your pantry staples such as flour and sugar.
  • Label signature cocktails, or Homemade apple cider or Homemade Pear Cider bottles.
  • Add design and interest to your flower vases or coffee canister.
  • Label to organize laundry detergents in your laundry room.
  • Label homemade gifts such as sugar scrub or this housewarming gift.
  • Use for anything organization. Making pretty labels helps keep spaces organized and easy for other family members to help out too.

Supplies for Fabric Labels

jar filled with apple cider with printed fabric label on table setting, pumpkins stacked in the background.

How to Print on Fabric

For an authentic fall look, I dyed my fabric (buckram) by placing it in a baking dish and soaking it in a cup of tea for a half hour.  I then removed it and allowed it to dry.

a metal pan filled with fabric in a pan

Using a spray adhesive, I glued the fabric to a piece of card stock…anything that traditionally runs through your printer.  Allow to dry for a minute or two.

linen fabric waiting to be printed with a label for party details.

Using a paper cutter, cut the fabric/card stock so that they are a perfect fit for one another.  Insert your “paper” so that the image will print on the fabric side.

A cloth label on cardstock

Remove, allow to dry for a minute and cut to desired size.

A cloth label on cardstock

Remove fabric from card stock.

A close up of a piece of cloth after printing in a tutorial for how to print on fabric.

I wanted to fray the edges a little.  To quickly achieve this look, just pull one thread at a time with a pair of tweezers.

A piece of fabric with a spiced apple cider label printed on it.

Using your spray adhesive, adhere to your object.  While there are a lot of steps to this project, it truly only takes 10-15 minutes!

This pretty little label will spice up my signature cocktail presentation for Thanksgiving! Visit here for my fall table settings.

A piece of fabric with a spiced apple cider label printed on it.

I also made this label for my signature raspberry cocktail. I used the same process as before and I love how it turned out!

A close up of a raspberry cocktail in a clear glass bottle, with a fabric printed label.
A cutting board with a piece of fabric to be used
A piece of brown paper preparing for printing on fabric.
Raspberry cocktail label printed on fabric.
A piece of paper, hand pulling back fabric to separate it.

I’d love to see what you create with this easy DIY tutorial! Leave a comment below! 

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fabric label on apple cider carafe with table setting

DIY Fabric Labels

Yield: 1 Label
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: Less than $2.00

Learn how to print on fabric to make elegant labels, place cards, stationary and framed art.

Materials

  • Buckram Fabric
  • Tea (optional)
  • Spray Adhesive  
  • Card Stock

Tools

  • Paper Cutter or Scissors

Instructions

  1. If choosing to dye fabric, place it in a baking dish and allow to soak in tea for 30 minutes.  Removed it and allow it completely to dry.
  2. Using a spray adhesive, glue the fabric to a piece of card stock (or firm paper, anything that traditionally runs through your printer.)  Allow to dry.
  3. Using a paper cutter, cut the fabric and card stock so that they are a perfect fit for one another and will run through your printer.
  4. Insert your paper/fabric into your printer so that the image will print on the fabric side.
  5. Allow the ink to dry for a minute or two.
  6. Using clean hands, carefully remove the card stock from your fabric.
  7. Cut your fabric to the size desired.  
  8. Spray the back of the fabric with your spray adhesive (outdoors) and adhere to project.

Notes

  • Do Not use Elmers Glue for Spray Adhesive.
  • Use Spray Adhesive Outdoors.
  • Tea is optional and is used to dye fabric.
  • Make sure your hands are clean when separating fabric from the paper. Any glue and dirt on your hands will transfer to the fabric potentially smudging your design.
  • To fray the edges, pull one thread at a time with a pair of tweezers.
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