The Science of Relabeling

Here’s a great article from The Art of Apparel about relabling your shirts.

There are a few ways to do this but the two most popular are printed tags and woven tags. Its totally a personal choice but these are some things to think of. Woven tags have high minimum orders so it will be a larger up front cost; you will also need a way of sewing them into your shirts which can add to cost if you have to hire someone to do this. Most start up brands go the printed tag route because it is fairly cheap and it can be done at the same time your shirt designs are being printed (most printers will cut the “stock” tags out of the shirt in order to print your custom ones in).

Ok so you have decided which method you would like to use for your relabeling and now you need to know what should go on the actual label. If you are printing your tags then you have a lot of creative freedom as far as design. Some companies even but whole new designs inside the shirt. Just layout something that fits the style of your brand and provides the correct information….Well what is that information!?

Here is what should appear on US apparel products:

  • # Size. Labels must be a minimum of 13/4 by 23/4 inches (4.5 x 7 cm).
  • Lettering. The required information must be no smaller than pica or 12 point type, with all parts of the information in letters of equal size and conspicuousness.
  • Country of Origin
    * Imported products must identify the country where they were processed or manufactured.
    * Products made entirely in the U.S. of materials also made in the U.S. must be labeled “Made in U.S.A.” or with an equivalent phrase.
    * Products made in the U.S. of imported materials must be labeled to show the processing or manufacturing that takes place in the United States, as well as the imported component.
    * Products manufactured in part in the U.S. and in part abroad must identify both aspects.
  • RN# or Company Name
    An RN# is a unique code for textiles that allows the garment to be “tracked”.
    You can obtain an RN# for free by going HERE. RN#’s are not required but you are required to label your product, this can be done with your RN or your companies name as it appears on business documents.
  • The product size
  • Care Instructions (there is a lot of talk about if this is really needed or not but according to the FTC it is very much required)
    To learn how to write the proper care instructions click HERE

I also have a PDF of the symbols used in care instructions. If you would like to download clickHERE

So there you have it, the info you need to make your tags for relabeling your shirts and stepping up to the next level. Trust me the extra cost is worth it and you will feel really great when you get your first batch of shirts with your own labels, it just completes the whole process.


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  1. says

    Hey Jon.

    Just found your blog and your sweet sites you have designed. Just wanted to comment a bit on this thread. I personally dig the shirts that have creative ways of labelling, such as doing a screenprint in the inside of the shirt or a stitched in screenprint of their company. Ala Reuhl. They have some pretty creative people doing their design work over there.

    Keep up the great work with this incredibly informational blog. I’m gonna be on this site a lot! LOL.

  2. says

    I have been dealing with this issue of re labeling. The problem is, when you just cut out the tag, there is some left. Our printing company charges a lot for printing in the label. I have looked into re labeling companys, but then the shipping gets expensive. To get t shirts with no label in them you have to buy in very large quantities. Any suggestions? Thanks Catherine

  3. says

    I’m with Catherine! Re-labeling seems like a big pain any way that its done. Do you know of any good re-labeling companies? Or suggestions on the best way to cut tags out? Thanks!!

  4. says

    Hi nice post, i have come across your site once before when searching for something so i was just wondering something. I love your theme, would it happen to be a free one i can download, or is it a custom one you had made? In a few weeks i will be launching my own site, i’m not great with designs but i really like the style of your site so it would be cool if i could find (or pay for) something with a similar look. :) Thanks!

  5. says

    I found your blog on google and read a few of your other posts. I just added you to my Google News Reader. Keep up the good work. Look forward to reading more from you in the future.

  6. Geekedoutgraphics says

    Thanks for posting this. I'm looking to start up a t-shirt line and I had no idea how to go about doing this.

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