Clothing Labels : Designing your Custom Woven Label

There are a series of factors to consider when designing a woven or clothing label:

Fonts for woven and clothing labels

Choosing the right font style is key to making an identity for your brand. The right font style causes instant recognition.
Small Businesses are a dime a dozen and you want your logo to stand out against the competition.

Keep in Mind When Choosing your Font Style:

  • Bold and simple fonts are recommended, for greatest legibility
  • Don’t add too many font styles. 2 font styles max
  • Fonts are congruous with your business area of expertise
  • Choose a font style that can grow with your business success
  • Make sure your font fits the mood

The wrong font style chosen can be confusing and even unrecognizable to other brands.

For suggestions see here for some commonly used and recommended on your label.

Click on the image to the right to see a sample of fonts that have succesfully been used by our customers for their woven labels, and have worked great.

Fonts for Woven Labels
Clothing Labels Fonts

Here a sample of the most common and recommended fonts to use in your clothing label.

We can use a lot of other fonts of your choice, just be aware that clothing labels are usually small and we are using threads, no ink, so very detailed designs will have to be simplified.

Font Sizes

Choosing the right size for your labels

Choosing the right label size goes hand in hand with where you intend to put it on your product.

Our labels are a 100% custom made to your needs but do have common size recommendations advise.

To Determine your Label Size:
Try with a ruler measure out the width (left to right) x height ( top to bottom)
Take a piece of paper and sketch out measurements for your label
Measure labels on other products you like

Restrictions with Woven Threads:
The minimum text font size is minimum 8pt
For a Logo or Graphic the lines cannot be smaller than 1pt thickness or they will not be possible in production machine.

Don’t forget to consider how much sewing allowance you will need to include on all sides or just 2 sides to attach the labels in products.

The most common sewing allowance is 1/8″, with 1/4″ and 1/16″ following closely. Rarely we see 1/2″ or 1″ but they do occurred once in a while .

Clothing Labels Sizes

Clothing Labels Sizes

Choosing the Fold for your labels

The most common type of folds are:

  • Straight Cut / No Fold: Used mostly in neck labels, iron-on applications and handbags and accessories
  • Center Fold: Used mostly on neck labels, care labels, hem tags and side labels
  • Ends Fold: Used mostly in neck labels and pant labels. Recommended whenever the label will be placed in the outer side of the product.
  • Miter Fold: Used mostly in neck labels, forms a sort of hook, which allows you to hang the product
  • Manhattan Fold: Used Mostly on sleeve tags and hem tags.

The right type of fold for your application will depend on the localization of the label, the type of product and personal preferences.

Types of Folds
Clothing Labels Folds
Clothing Labels Folds

How your chosen fold can change the size of your label and your logo

choose fold size labels

Choosing the Sewing Allowance for your labels

There are many ways to apply a label to fabric. Depending on the localization of the label, you could need the sewing allowance to be on top, top and bottom, on the sides or all around.

What is a Sewing Allowance?
Sewing allowance is the distance between the edge of a label and the stitching used to attach the label to another piece of fabric.

What are The Most Typical Sewing Allowances?
In the “custom clothing label world”, the most common sewing allowance is 1/8?, with 1/4? and 1/16? following closely. Rarely we see 1/2? or 1? but they do occurred once in a while .

How much sewing allowance do I need?
It is hard to say. The minimum distance you will need to attach your labels or tags will depend on your sewing skills, the position of the label in the product or just your preference.

What is the difference in Sewing Allowance All Around vs. Two Sides?
The decision is yours whether you want your label to be sewn down flat on all four sides of your label or only on two sides. Two sided sewing allowance is used if you want your label to be loosely stitched, be centered folded into a seam or added end folds to allow depth to your label.

Clothing Labels Sewing Allowance

Clothing Labels Sewing Allowance

Choosing the colors your labels

Color evokes positive associations and an initial opinion of your brand.

With a thread chart of over 200+ colors to choose from the decision can become overwhelming.

To help us help you achieve the right color scheme we have posted our thread chart here to review colors and shades.

Keep in mind, colors can be subjective due to pixilation differences from computer to computer but lets you play in active role in guiding us into your design vision.

We are familiar with RGB, CMYK or PMS color charts to match our thread chart up to if you only have those colors to go by in art files.

We will match as close as we can but cannot guarantee 100% match all the time.

Choose creatively & wisely!

View our Thread Colors Used in Woven Label Manufacturing

Polyester Satin Thread Colors
Thread Colors Used in Woven Labels

Thread Colors Used in Woven Labels. See Full Chart Here

Don’t forget!

Getting Started

The first step in creating your custom woven clothing labels is to contact us and one of our sales representatives will review your design with you. You can fill out our quick quote form or call us at (888) 720-2115. We will suggest the many options available to tailor your design to your needs and budget.

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