Welcome to this class in my Artist Tech Skills Series. These classes are designed to help walk you through common technology-related tasks that many artists find they need to do as part of the business of making and selling their art. These classes cover topics like designing your own business card, printing labels for fabric goods, simple photo edits and more.
In this class we are going to cover making sew-in fabric labels for your textile and fabric goods. There are federal regulations that require garments, home goods and many other things made from fabrics to have labels with specific information on them. It can be difficult to find pre-made labels that have the right information on them for your specific goods and it can be expensive to source them, especially if you only need a small amount, so this class is going to show you how to make your own simply and inexpensively.
Table of Contents
In this class, I will show you step-by-step how to design a label that you can print on to fabric using a free graphic design app called Pixlr, which works right in your web browser. We will talk about how to set up the file correctly so it prints the right size and the text is readable. Then I will talk about a variety of ways you can print out your labels, from making a custom rubber stamp to printing on your home printer to printing custom fabric with Spoonflower. There's a lesson full of resources so you can figure out what your labels need to say and what your options are.
My goal with this class, and all of the classes in this series, is to introduce you to simple and inexpensive technology tools to help you tackle some common art business tasks. I choose apps that are free or low-cost and that work on a wide variety of devices so you don't need specialized equipment or tools.
Why is this class free? I really believe in paying teachers for their time, but I also want to make this series as accessible to artists as possible. I am actively seeking grant funding to sponsor this class series and to help subsidize the cost of adding captioning to the videos in these lessons in the future. That's why there's also a "pay what you can" option, so if you are able, you can help me cover the costs of hosting these classes.
About the instructor, Becka Rahn
I am based in Minneapolis, MN where I work as a full-time artist and teacher. My art work ranges from novelty prints to gallery exhibitions. You can see a gallery of my work at my website, as well as links to my Etsy shops specializing in knitting puns and digitally printed accessories. I have received a number of grant awards for my work and I partner with many other arts and non-profit organizations to do community projects. I have served on the boards of directors of the Weavers Guild of MN, Hennepin History Museum and as the state rep for the Surface Design Association. I was also a 2016 member of the international Etsy Sellers Advisory Board and an Etsy U Instructor from 2019-2021. You can find me, all of my social media links, and more at my website: www.beckarahn.com
I have been a fan and designer on Spoonflower since I ordered my first design in 2008. I am the co-author of The Spoonflower Handbook, a how-to guide to designing your own fabrics, wallpapers and gift wrap using Spoonflower, and I taught a regular series of Master Classes at Spoonflower's HQ in Durham, NC. I have a degree in education, so being a teaching artist is one of my passions. I spend a lot of time thinking about pixels.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long do you have access to the course?
Once you've enrolled, you'll have access to the course material for as long as you need and you can come back and refer to it any time. You just log in to your Coursecraft account and your class will always be there.
So how much does Pixlr or Spoonflower pay you to teach this?
Nothing! I teach about Pixlr and Spoonflower because I like like them and I think they offer awesome tools and services. I don't get any kickbacks, affiliate links, promos, gifts, discounts, sponsorships or bonuses. All instructions and opinions are also my own; I don't represent Pixlr or Spoonflower in any official capacity. It's just me and a laptop in a tiny little studio in Minnesota.
I still have a question, how can I contact you?
I'd be happy to answer any questions you might have. Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.