These are the first ones I used, and was using until recently when I ran out and decided to try something different. I found these by searching for 'sew in labels' on Etsy. (I'd suggest you do the same! There are many sellers, and I'm sure that most, if not all, have a great product.)
The ones I'm showing here were purchased from MommieMadeIt on Etsy. (click on the name for the link)
They are printed on a slightly stiff woven fabric. You can choose your font, color, size, etc. The photo above shows the sew on ones that I ordered rather than the sew in. The sew in ones have the name printed twice with a mirror image so that you fold them in half and sew in your seam.
Here's one sewn into a quilt. I noticed absolutely no fading with these labels, which was the biggest reason I was happy with them. The one down side was the fact that they tended to curl up a bit. Nothing that an iron can't fix, but I avoid all ironing if possible!
Here's the one that I put on my cell phone cover. They are quite tiny, so they're perfect for small projects like this. As you can see, the edges are fraying a bit, but this cover has seen a LOT of use ( and needs a washing too)
When those labels ran out, I decided I wanted to try the twill look. I ordered these from the same seller, because I was happy with her customer service, prices, and she has a good selection.
You can see that the print faded a little bit on the twill labels, but it gives it a natural hand made look that doesn't really bother me. The biggest problem for me was a designing mistake on my part. Because I have a long name, it ended up really tiny, and the beginning and end get lost in the seam allowance. Just something to remember when you order, remember to leave enough room on the edges where you're planning to sew it in.
Also, because these labels are longer and larger, they tended to curl over the edge after washing. Again, I could iron them:)
Really, the biggest reason I didn't continue with these was that I didn't like the way the name was so long and skinny in the middle of the label. Again, this was completely my fault, as I was given a proof, showing me how it would look. I may try these again, and put the name on two lines, or use a tall skinny font.
OK, on to the next kind that I just purchased.
I decided to try another shop, just to be adventurous! This time I tried Gutentags, also on Etsy. There were so many great options for labels, but I decided to try this shop. She sounded friendly and her product looked nice. Also, I wanted to try the ribbon look as another option.
One really nice thing about these is the fact that they're printed on really wide ribbon. If you look at the photo above, you'll see that I cut and separate the tags horizontally (that tiny black dot on the top of the label is the mark where I'm to cut. So that makes the fraying edges the ones that are sewn into your quilt, and the sides that are out are the sides of the ribbon, so there will be no fraying.
After one washing there is a tiny bit of fading in the print. Other than that, I'm very happy with the looks of these labels. They look shiny and crisp after washing, with no folding.
Overall, I think any of these labels would be a great option, depending on the look you want. I think that I still like the natural look of twill, but for now I'm excited about my new ribbon labels and will be using them up happily.
I just really like the idea of supporting other crafters on Etsy and the fact that these are next best to making the labels myself.
Feel free to ask me more questions!