How to Print on Fabric | DIY Fabric Labels

LAST UPDATED: Sep 02, 2020 | PUBLISHED: Nov 01, 2012 | By: Julie Blanner

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!

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.

Over the summer, I shared my DIY for how to print on fabric.  The method hasn’t changed, but I thought it was too pretty not to share.

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

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 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

  • Buckram Fabric 
  • Tea (optional for coloration)
  • Spray adhesive ( Do not use not Elmer’s. Unfortunately, it’s the only brand I haven’t had luck with.
  • Card Stock 
  • Paper Cutter or Scissors
jar filled with apple cider with printed 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 piece of fabric with a spiced apple cider label printed on it.

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

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

Remove fabric from card stock.

A piece of fabric with a spiced apple cider label printed on it, a pair of tweezers to the side

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!

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

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 clear glass bottle filled with pink liquid, with a label printed on fabric stating raspberry cocktail.
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.
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.

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

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