Design Guide For Woven Labels & Printed Labels

Woven Labels use threads to weave the design and information at the time the label is made. Woven labels offer more durability when washing and tend to hold up to normal wear better than other materials. Woven labels often have a more luxurious appearance, allowing for up to eight colors.   Printed Labels use an already made label and print the design and information on the label using special inks. Generally used for very small applications or when a lot of information with small text is needed, printed labels are an ideal solution when the design is too small to be translated to thread.
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Artwork and Design Size

Woven labels and woven patches are able to achieve very fine and intricate detail. This gives them a great advantage over embroidered patches; therefore, woven labels and patches have been gaining popularity in recent years.

The smaller the size of the label, the less room there is for complex artwork and lines of text. Size your artwork to the size of the label you wish to design and print it on a sheet of paper. If the details aren't clear, it's an indication that it won't stitch clearly either.

You can upload or describe your artwork or concept below, and our label specialists will give you suggestions about how to optimize your design for the weaving process.

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Labels are intended to brand and complement your apparel; therefore, in most cases, they should be visible but not overwhelming. The most common use for labels is clothing, and in many cases, a 1.5 inch label works best.


To determine the overall size of your label, add the width and the height and divide it by two. In other words, your overall size is the average of your two dimensions.


To take this example a step further, a 1.5 inch overall label can have a lot of variety. (1.5 x 1.5), (1 x 2), (1.25 x 1.75) are all 1.5 inch overall labels.


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Colors and Fonts

Simple, bold fonts are easier to read and look better once stitched. Block fonts such as Arial, Helvetica, and Swiss can be used at lower font sizes such as an 8pts or 7pts, as long as they are capitalized. Fancier fonts like Serif and Script, as well as lowercase fonts need a little more space and shouldn't go below 10pts. Helvetica is a common font found on labels that looks great.

text example on a label
The above example shows different typefaces as well as four different font sizes within the same label. They are all large enough for and fit well with the overall label size.
  text on woven label
Although small lowercase text worked for the first example, the overall label in this example is smaller. It also contains more text. Trying to cram too much text onto a small label will not yield optimal results. If you have a tight budget and cannot afford a larger label, consider omitting some content. Is it all necessary?


Different Label Folds

Straight Cut Label No fold. Usually sewn on all 4 sides, the top, or on left and right side only. More info>>   Center Fold Label
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Folded in the middle and usually sewn into a seam. Can also be used for sleeve and hem labels.
Diecut Label No fold. Can be sewn anywhere, or not at all. Good candidate for iron-on back. More info>>  
End Fold Label Folded down on the left and right. Then the ends are sewn into a seam. More info>>   Loop Fold Label
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The label is first folded in the middle or not at all, then the two ends are sewed together into a seam.
Mitre Fold Label The ends are folded under and up, creating a tab to be sewn into a seam. More info>>  

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Sewing Margin and Location

Depending on what is most appropriate for your design, you may choose to place your label in a more traditional location, such as the seam of a shirt, or in a more unique location, such as the strap of a backpack. The location you use as well as the fold of the label usually dictate whether you will need a sewing margin- and the margin's location.


text example on a label
In the above example, the design goes all the way to the edge of the label.
  text on woven label
The above example shows an area on the top of the label where space was left to sew.
foldIn the example to the left, the label will have a loop fold, meaning it will be folded in half, making the top and bottom portions of the label meet. This is also where the label will be sewn. You can see the extra room that was left on the top and bottom of the label.  


On woven labels with sewing margins, the margin will be 1/8" unless otherwise requested. Keep in mind that this margin will further reduce the size of the artwork on the label.

The type of fold specified will also affect the margins needed. A straight cut label often requires a sewing allowance on all four sides whereas a center or loop fold label will only require an allowance on the sewn ends. Confused? It's OK! Our team has designed thousands of fabric labels and will help you get the most out of your label, factoring the artwork, size, and location it will be attached.

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