Customized Clothing Labels with Heat Transfer Vinyl

So we are a month into the new year and I am still trying to keep my resolution to stay organized! I love a well-organized home, but keeping the laundry organized always seems to be a struggle. With several little ones in the house, clothes tend to get mixed up a lot. I needed a way to label the clothes so I could quickly determine which clothes belonged to each of my kids. Heat transfer vinyl to the rescue! HTV is an easy way to add labels to clothes.  Labeling eliminates the guesswork for me and the kids! And it’s a huge time saver, which means more time for lots of other fun HTV projects. Let me show you how it’s done.



Heat Transfer Vinyl (assorted color bundle)
-Teflon Sheet
Cutting Machine (I used a Silhouette Cameo)
-Home Iron
-Weeding Hook or Craft Tweezers


Step One: Prepare the design in your software

Open your software program (I used Silhouette Studio) and use the text tool to type out a name.

I like to add some fill color to get a better idea of what it will look like. Also, change the font to one you like.

Measure your clothing item to see how big you want your text.

Now right click the name and select Flip Horizontally. We need to mirror our design since the machine cuts on the back side of the HTV.


Step Two: Cut HTV design

Go to your cut settings window and select the material you will be cutting. The Heat Transfer, Smooth presets works great with our heat transfer vinyl. Remember to change your blade accordingly if you aren’t using the auto blade function with the CAMEO 3.

Place your HTV shiny side down onto the cutting mat. I love how bright this yellow is!

Load the cutting mat into the machine and send to cut!


Step Three: Weed your HTV design

Once your name labels have been cut, it’s time to weed! Begin by pulling one corner of the vinyl off, leaving just the text. With a good cut, this step should go smoothly!

Use a weeding hook or a pair of craft tweezers to weed out the little insides of the letters.

Now our label is ready to press!

Step Four: Press heat transfer vinyl design onto clothes

Heat your iron to cotton settings with no steam. If your clothing item is wrinkly, iron out the wrinkles. Then place your HTV label onto the clothing where you want it. You can move it around as much as you’d like until heat is added.

Place the Teflon sheet over the design and press for 15-20 seconds in each area. For thicker material, it will take a few extra seconds of pressing time.

Let the item cool for at least 1 minute, then slowly peel off the clear carrier sheet. If any part of the vinyl starts to peel up, place the carrier sheet and Teflon sheet back down and press for a little longer.

Now you have a customized label that your children will love! (And bonus…no worries about losing jackets at school with their name on it!)

There are so many options for adding labels to clothing. You can do initials, shapes, numbers…the sky’s the limit! This is an easy project to help you get organized and stay organized this new year. So grab some clothes, some HTV and start labeling!

Happy Crafting!

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