Make Your Very Own Clothing Labels


That’s right!  Well you don’t really get to make them.  You just design them and somebody else make them for you!  It’s soooo easy.  I have been waiting for this day to come!  I finally have my very own labels!  Now I get to sew for my baby and put my name on my creations.  Here they are…

Aren’t they pretty???  That’s 300 labels for less than $15.  That’s right!  I followed this tutorial from See Kate Sew.  All I did was create my label in Photoshop Elements, make an account in Spoonflower.com, created my own fabric by inserting my label image, selected the fabric and size, waited for about a week, and voila!  My very own labels.  Now, while they are not professional labels and they’re not as pretty as these, they are still awesome.

So here’s what I did.  In Photoshop Elements, I opened a new file and made the image 5 cm wide by 2 cm high.  (You don’t need Photoshop software to make  your own design.  I’m sure you can design your own image using another application like Word or Powerpoint.)

I created my label in the middle center of the file to be about one inch wide and one cm high.  The extra (grey and white grid) is the space needed between labels for when you cut them.

In the Spoonflower website, I uploaded my image when creating my fabric and selected Linen-Cotton Canvas ($27/yard) for my fabric.  It’s more expensive than the Quilting weight ($18/yard) fabric.  I thought it would be nicer than the quilting weight, being linen and all, but maybe the quilting weight would have been just as nice.  I don’t know. I was a tad disappointed in the fabric I selected.  But since I selected the Fat Quarter size (27′ x 18′) for $14, it’s a good starter/sample size and still a bargain price.  I can always buy my refills in another fabric.  In the Layout options I selected the basic repeat.

Since it was my first purchase in the website, I got a discount, plus the $2 shipping, I only paid $14.60!!!  I got more than 300 labels for under $15.  That was just with a fat quarter.  Imagine all the pretty labels that come in one yard.

When they arrived in my mailbox, I quickly wanted to start using them on everything.  So I serged the fabric edge (with my brand new serger), put it to wash, and (unsuccessfully) ironed it.  This is how they look when as one piece of fabric:

(I really need a better iron. Any recommendations?)

I used my pinking shears to cut my labels.  You can always make them look neater by cutting straight lines and ironing edges back.  I like the raw edge look that the pinking shears give them though.

Done!  That’s all there is to it.

Here’s one label on its own.  You can use the bobbins to calculate/visualize the size they come out to.

And here is one on little D’s new winter pants.  I can’t wait to have my labels on all my creations!

And on a cute little bum.

Let me know how it works for you. 🙂

Sergin’ Away

I got myself a new toy this Black Friday.  It’s the Husqvarna Viking H class 200S serger, and I LOVE IT.

Husqvarna Viking 200S

I’ve been sewing for less than a year, so I wasn’t so sure that I am ready for a serger.  I just sooo wanted one really bad.  This is my little Christmas treat to myself.  I don’t know much about sergers.  I’ve never ever used one until this one.  I’ve been reading reviews about how hard it is to thread a serger and what not.  But I have to say that I took this baby out of the box and started serging away.  It came prethreaded and ready to go.

Now, I won’t lie to you.  I’ve had my few issues with it already.  I’ve had to rethread it a couple of times, but I think it’s because of my lack of knowledge and experience.  After a couple of tries, I got the hang of it.  It gets easier to thread with practice.  Practice makes perfect easier.  I also found this video that shows how to thread it.  It’s really not that complicated.  I’ve even changed thread colors twice already, once by rethreading, and once by just tying the new thread to the thread already in the machine.  This new toy has been working all weekend making fleece pants and jackets to warm up little D in the coming winter.  What I love most about it is that I get to serge all my new fabrics before washing them to prevent all those unwanted frays.  🙂

Check out 10 Reasons Why a Serger Just Might Be Your New Best Friend.  I think I just may have to agree.

How about you?  Do you use your serger much?

MADE: school bags: The Cookie Jar, fabric cookies, and a little obsession

MADE: school bags: The Cookie Jar, fabric cookies, and a little obsession.

Dana-made-it.com is the reason why I am starting my own blog.  Dana from Made is so inspiring, creative, and energetic.  These felt cookies she made inspire me to make my daughter her play food to accessorize her Christmas gift (a play kitchen) this year.  I hope my felt cookies come out as neat as hers.

So check out her tutorial on how to make all the delicious looking felt cookies.  Enjoy!