Embroider Your Own Label

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Make labels to identify the creator or proud owner of your creations.
Set up a grid.
Secure the ribbon.
Make labels to identify the creator or proud owner of your creations.

Make labels to identify the creator or proud owner of your creations.

Photo: Sloan Howard
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Be proud of your creation: brand it with your name! Ribbon is surprisingly easy to hoop into your embroidery machine and enables you to stitch out labels to identify the creator (that's you!), the owner (they'll love you for it), or a completed project. It's also a great way to make labels for kids' clothing for camp or school or create labels for your personal designs.

What You'll Need:
Embroidery machine
Adhesive stabilizer

Step 1: Hoop the stabilizer
Hoop adhesive stabilizer using your smallest hoop. Remove the paper topping, and transfer the centering marks from the hoop's grid to the stabilizer.

  Transfer the centering marks.

Step 2: Secure the ribbon
On the stabilizer, lay a length of ribbon longer than the intended label. Align the bottom edge of the ribbon with the horizontal centering line. (This makes it much easier to keep the ribbon straight as you adhere it to the stabilizer.)

  Use the horizontal center mark as a guide for attaching the ribbon.

Step 3: Position the Design
Move the embroidery design. Since the ribbon is positioned above the horizontal centering line onscreen, you need to move the embroidery design up from its centered position to land on the ribbon correctly. Use the "move" cursors (arrow keys) on your screen to shift the design up slightly.

  Move the design up slightly so it lands on the ribbon correctly.

Step 4: Preview the design placement
Use the "trial" key to check your placement. If you lower the needle with the handwheel as the hoop is moving around the border of the embroidery area, the machine stops, and then it resumes when you bring the needle up. Lower the needle into the ribbon at each corner, and observe how far the needle is from the ribbon's top and bottom. Move the design up or down with the dial or key as necessary to center the text on the ribbon. Keep testing until you like the placement.

Test run your design. Use the "trial" key to see exactly where the embroidery area is located.

Step 5: Embroider
When you've finished stitching, remove the hoop from the machine. If you plan to stitch more labels, don't unhoop the stabilizer; pull the ribbon off the stabilizer, and proceed to the next step.

After you've stitched the label, remove the ribbon, but don't unhoop the stabilizer.

Step 6: Patch your stabilizer, and stitch again
To patch the hole you made by pulling the ribbon off the stabilizer, stick a section of stabilizer to the back of the original hooped piece. Position the ribbon along the line again, and embroider another label. Ribbon leaves very little residue on the sticky stabilizer, so you can patch and reuse your original hooped stabilizer several times.

Reuse your original hooped stabilizer to make lots of labels.


  • For standard-size labels, text length should be 2 inches or less. You may need to abbreviate or use initials.
  • Font style will affect the length of the text. Experiment with fonts to find a size that works.
  • Text height should be at least 6mm smaller than the ribbon width.
  • Some letters are hard to read in certain fonts. Try lowercase versions, or change fonts.

Photos by: Sloan Howard

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Comments (6)

zagroschoob writes: Thanks For Post

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Posted: 10:07 am on February 5th
jennlynn writes: is this a downloadable patter to my embrodery machine Jennie
Posted: 1:01 am on March 20th
Teachertype writes: How do you "finish" the cut edges after the embroidery is completed?
Posted: 3:06 pm on November 9th
cottongirl writes: Barb, just use a washaway stabilizer.
Posted: 1:19 pm on December 11th
Barbaramcg writes: I am new to embroidery but am excited to make labels with ribbon. My question is how can you "remove the ribbon and not the stabilizer? Do you cut it out? Will it rip off? I'm not sure if I am understanding the process. Thanks so much
Posted: 11:43 pm on May 7th
MindlessPursuits writes: This is a great idea! I've used fusible and sew-in tags printed on my ink-jet in the past but now I'm going to experiment with using embroidered ribbon. This is also a great idea for embelleshing / personalizing tote handles!
Posted: 12:21 am on April 18th
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