DIY Labels

I’ve been thinking for some time about labels for things I sew. I’ve been putting cut-out sock monkey tags in the backs of pants or a piece of grosgrain ribbon…but I need something more…permanent.

While I love the name of my little bloggerverse – it’s very me: a little snarky, a little punny, a little goofy and an acquired taste at times, it’s not necessarily something I want to put on kids’ clothes. So, until I come up with that epiphany (or if you give me some genius idea), it dawned on me that I can embroider custom tags. I have the thread and the machine, as proven. So, theoretically, I can do this.

Enter, Signature Cotton in “Variegated Island Waters.” It’s M18 on this page of Redrock Threads. Kinda blurry there so here’s my photo.

Signature Cotton M18
Signature Cotton M18

I am a sucker for Tiffany and tropical blues. No, not that Tiffany, this Tiffany.

I have some Kona Bone that I had already cut into 2″ strips thinking I’d use it for the Pixar pillows, but decided against it….after I cut it (Murphy’s Law), so what a perfect excuse to turn it into tags. I ironed it like I was making open bias-tape…folded the tops to the center to halve it, but did not press in again to quarters.

Then tested the thread…

Thread Test
Thread Test

I thought it turned out really nice and soooooo….

I was in the middle of making two very large gift packages…one for Brody:

Brody Ribbon
Brody Ribbon
Brody Label
Brody Label

And one large pack for Jack…Jack will continue to get items from me throughout his life, so I made a large roll for Jack:

Jack Roll Pre-Press
Jack Roll Pre-Press

That was before I took an iron to it. Here’s the back so you can see the embroidery ‘seals’ the label together.

Back Jack
Back Jack

The tension wasn’t perfect, but it looks fabulous on top so it’s good enough for my purposes.

Here’s Jack’s labels pressed and rolled:

Jack Pressed and Rolled
Jack Pressed and Rolled

Pretty cool, huh? How neat would some be tied around a present? Okay, when I have that kind of time, how neat would that be???

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