July 12, 2012

Personalized Fabric Mason Jar Label Tutorial

Summer fruit and vegetables are at their peak!  Will you be making jam, jelly, preserves or pickles to put up for the winter or give as gifts?  If so, here's an easy tutorial for making personalized fabric labels for your mason jars.

Of course, the technique of using your home printer and a roll of freezer paper to print on fabric is nothing new.   I didn't invent it.  This tutorial shows how to use the popular technique to make custom labels that will give your canned goods an extra touch of charm.

Fabric Mason Jar Labels
-with printable fabric DIY-
(makes 4 labels)

1 12"x 18" sheet of Freezer Paper
(Can be purchased in the food wrap section of grocery stores)

1 piece of fabric, slightly larger than the freezer paper sheet
(I use inexpensive drop-cloth from the hardware store)

Label template - Download HERE
(the frame came courtesy of The Graphics Fairy)

Ribbon or jute

Step 1:  Iron fabric on dry setting to remove any wrinkles.  Place freezer paper on top of fabric, shiny side down.  With iron set on medium, dry, iron paper until it adheres to fabric.  The result is fairly instantaneous.

Step 2:  Lay a piece of printer paper on top of the fused paper as a template and trace with a pencil.  Repeat.  You'll be able to get two 8.5" x 11" sheets.

Step 3:  Use sharp scissors to cut along the inside of the pencil line.  You now have two sheets of printable fabric.


Step 4:  Insert in your printer so that the fabric side will receive the ink.  Personalize the label template in MS Word. ( I used the word art function and the Pea Johanna Script font from Kevin & Amanda).  Print.  Repeat with second sheet.

Step 5:  Cut out the labels along the line with sharp scissors or pinking shears. 

Normally, when printing on fabric, the next step is to peel off the freezer paper.  However, for this application, I like to leave the freezer paper on.  It gives the fabric a more rigid structure that makes it form and fold over the mason jar lid nicely. The peach preserves below are wrapped with the label where I kept the paper on (and used pinking shears).  You can see the way the label on the strawberry jam, where I peeled the paper off, has a softer more frayed look.  You can do it either way depending on the desired look.

Step 6:  Tie the fabric label in place with a piece of ribbon or jute twine.

You can find my recipe for Vanilla Bean Peach Preserves HERE 

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  1. When I saw the photo, I thought they were embroidered by hand! This is much easier. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I love this...and I totally WANT to do it. Jury's out on if that will ever actually happen or not, but I'm saving this! ;)

  3. How cute is that!!! I need to get my printer hooked up to my new computer and buy some freezer paper just so I can try this out:-)

  4. SUPER cute, Jenn!! I love the idea of running the fabric through the printer. ♥

  5. Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies (please, notice the new url for my blog), under the Page 4 post on Jul. 13, 2012. Thanks again.

  6. Jenn, those look absolutely fantastic...your creativity is endless:)


  8. LOVE this! Stop over if you get a chance and share it in our Crafty Showcase. Thank you!

    Susie @Bowdabra

  9. Shared on my facebook page, love it!:


  10. Such an elegant gift, Jenn! I love this technique as well.

  11. These labels are so beautiful and the jam looks soooo yummy! Shared it on facebook! Have a great week :)

  12. I think I had pinned your recipe & love the jam jar covers! I can't wait to can something & make my own. Yours are so pretty!
    Theresa @ DearCreatives.com

  13. Oh, Jenn! Aren't you talented? This is so awesome, and I love that you already have the template! I have made 2 batches of strawberry jam and then 2 batches of plum jam with a hint of blueberries. I have given a lot of it away, and my husband has put a lot away, too! Ha! Adding this will be too cha cha for words!

  14. Hi Jenn
    Congrats! Your fun jar labels is one of our top crafty picks from this past week's Crafty Showcase. We are featuring you on our blog and will be giving you a shout out on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest!

    Thanks for sharing! Stop on over and link up some new ideas Sat-Thur when our Showcase opens back up!

    Susie @Bowdabra

  15. Came over from your comment on my post. I enjoyed reading through your posts, but this really caught my eye. I have read posts where people print out on fabric, but not explain. Great directions! (and the jam looks great!) I thought it was cross-stitched.

    Distressed Donna Down Home

  16. Hello~I'm new to your spot. What a great idea. It really enhances the jam jars.
    I've got a question...what type of printer/brand did you print the labels with?
    Thanks for sharing.

    Sweet wishes,

  17. It is an attractive label. Labels are really great for getting quick impression. however this label seems to creative.


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