CUSTOM SEWING LABELS
I've been putting off ordering custom labels for my projects for awhile now. For one thing they are just expensive, and because you have to order so many at once I wanted to be certain about my logo and branding before I did it. I also know that labels can sometimes be annoying and itchy so I wasn't completely sure that I wanted to invest the money in them. But then I was swayed by how awesome it feels to sew a label on the back of a garment and having the satisfaction of calling it your own, so I finally decided to go ahead and order some. Besides the fact of just enjoying the satisfaction of putting a label on something I make, there have been a couple of other things I have liked about having them. First of all, I make a lot of gifts. Having the label on the handmade item, like the bag I made above, just makes it feel a little more legitimate and boutique quality for some weird reason. The other thing I like about the labels is that my children require them. Especially my five year old who now dresses herself. She has a hard time decifering the front from the back of most items so she always needs the tag. In the past I've just used a ribbon, but now I have cool labels to use which has been great. Before committing to ordering the labels I looked at a few different options. I thought that some of you might be thinking about getting labels for yourself so I've compiled a list of sources that I found and some different options for you. Professional World Wide Label - This is the company that I used for my labels. Their prices seemed competitive and their customer service was great. We emailed back and forth until it was perfect which I really appreciated. They were very patient. I also loved that they have an active blog where they post all of the labels from the week. It helped me keep track of my order and it was a great place for me to look for ideas for my own labels. I have nothing but great things to say about the experience. Clothing Labels 4 U - I have also known of a few bloggers using this company for their labels. It seems pretty competitive with Worldwide Label. I've especially heard good things about their satin printed labels which are a more cost effective option. DIY Handstamped - Erica of Crafty Blossom put together a great tutorial on how to use a custom hand stamp on twill tape and then adhering it to your item with Heat n Bond. I am assuming this would work best on something like a quilt that doesn't have repeated washings. Iron on Transfer - Freya of Bug and Bird put together this tutorial where she prints her logo on iron on transfer paper and then adheres it to ribbon. I would be interested to know how they hold up to washings though. Photo Fabric - Raechel of of RaechelMeyers.com shared this tutorial for using photo fabric that you print and then use fray check on the secure the raw edges. I had never heard of photo fabric before so I am intrigued. I hope that helps. Let me know if you have any questions.