May 02, 2016

Stamping on Fabric

In my younger days I was determined to make my hobby scrapbooking. 

After about 4 years of a half hearted attempt, my hobby was abandoned. To be honest it never really started. Now I have all these do-das that don't have a purpose but I spent too much money on to toss. 

Oh the predicament! 

S.O.T.A.K. did a tutorial about stamping on fabric, and now some of my do-das have a new purpose! The stores around me didn't carry Versa Craft ink pads for fabric so I had to order online. They come in a variety of colors but I started with black.

Last month I did a tutorial on stamping on fabric for my guild and they also loved it. Some members related to my scrapbooking attempt and had the same predicament with their do-das.

SOTAK put quotes on hers, here is my attempt 

The whole process is very painless. Just stamp the message/image you want. Then with a hot DRY iron heat set the ink. I did mine (right side up) for a minute and no issues with smudging.

Still being skeptical that the process was this easy. I proceeded to submerge one of the heat set prints in hot water, then rubbed it dry with a towel. It held up! Success. 

Then I added Heat n' Bond Lite to the back of each square to convert the fabric into a label. 

Peel back the paper and appliqué the print to any project. I sew an eight of an inch from the edge around the whole piece. 


If you want to make a lot of prints at once, print design over a large panel of fabric.  Heat set the entire panel at the same time. Over heat setting isn't an issue. In my prints some parts got exposed for up to two minutes with no damage. Apply the Heat n' Bond Lite to the entire back of the panel. Fussy cut around each print to make individual labels. 


  1. What a great idea, thank you so much for sharing. I got a gift of a personalised stamp last year and I've only ever used it for stamping on cards that I give with my handmade sewn gifts. I'm defintiely going to try making myself some labels with it now.

  2. Thank you for this Chelsea! I too have a closet full of do-da's meant for scrap booking. It's time to dig through them and see what fun new things I can create!

  3. Yay for new life for scrapbooking do-dahs! This is another reminder to me that I need to do a better job at labeling my quilts.

  4. That has to make you happy to be able to repurpose supplies (which probably weren't cheap) into something that you'll continue to use. Woo-hoo!

  5. Great idea! my mum scrap books and I know she has some bits she doesn't use so might have to have a rummage - love the idea of using them for labels!

  6. Thanks for sharing this.....I just discovered VersaMagic also works on fabric. I stamped and heat set and it didn't wash out!! Yayy...more possibilities!

  7. fun idea. where do you get your cute stamps? like the one on the bike?

  8. Thank you..I have lots of doo dahs too and for the same reason as will good to put some of them to good use.