Add a fabric tag to your handmade items

envelope tee with fabric tag

140615_baking is a science tagToday I want to show you a simple idea I had about a year ago. At the time I wanted to add the phrase “baking is a science” to a bag I made for one of my sisters when she graduated. This is when I came up with the fabric tag. I still think that tag is a great addition to that particular bag as it really personalised it.

This weekend we went to a party to celebrate the birth of a little boy and I knew it was probably going to be busy. I had made another Growing up sew liberated envelope tee using the left-over fabric from my own striped Lady Skater t-shirt. I usually tell people what size the garment is and how to care for it but when it’s a busy party the parents are likely to forget immediately (oh the faith I have in people’s memories…). I could of course have printed the information on a piece of paper and put that in with the gift but a fabric tag would look much cooler and I was at that point also a little stuck on how to continue with my current  project so anything to distract me was welcome.

envelope tee

It’s not difficult to make a fabric tag. I make them the same way as I make my fabric postcards, the fabric is just cut in a different shape. I also add an eyelet to thread a ribbon or safety pin through. If you don’t have the tools to add an eyelet you can make a buttonhole instead. The eyelet does give it a very professional look though. I always use my Prym pliers but the eyelets (and snaps that you can also attach using these pliers) always come with a plastic tool thingy that you can use to attach them using a hammer. I’ve never had much success with a hammer but there are sewers that always use a hammer so your preference probably depends on how good your aim is with a hammer.

140615_adding eyelet

What to put on these tags? The options are endless. For both tags I show here I used transfer paper to iron the text onto the fabric. Dutch readers, I got mine at Action a couple of years ago, I’m not sure they still have it in their assortment but it’s definitely worth a look if you plan on using transfer paper. You could also write with a fabric marker if your handwriting is pretty. These tags would also work as gift tags for Christmas presents. I’m also thinking it would be really cool to have a logo and put that on one side of the tag to show that I made the item. That would also be a great touch if you sell your handmade items on craft fairs.

Yes, I did go a little crazy printing labels...

Yes, I did go a little crazy printing labels…

Do you have any other good ideas for items that I could use these tags for?

140615_front&back

June 15, 2014

Emmely Treffers

About Emmely

I am a sewing enthusiast from the Netherlands. I live in the Leiden area with my husband and two daughters and I am currently working as a senior researcher in molecular virology. With my quilting patterns and sewing blog I want to infect as many people as possible with my love for sewing.

read more

You may also like...

Completed: Fabric bunting

Completed: Fabric bunting

What gift do you get your father for his birthday? Now that I have two daughters capable of holding a pencil that...

Completed: So many t-shirts

Completed: So many t-shirts

At the start of summer, I realized I needed to do something about my t-shirt situation. I had a lot of t-shirts that...

10 Comments

  1. katechiconi

    If you make jams or other preserves, or flavoured vinegars, these would look good tied round the neck with product name on the front and ingredients and date they were made on the reverse.

    Reply
    • Emmely

      Oh yes, that is a good idea! Would definitely work well in combination with the jar hats too!

      Reply
  2. CurlsnSkirls

    What great ideas – thank you both!
    del

    Reply
    • Emmely

      Thank you, it’s really fast and easy too!

      Reply
  3. Wanda Dotson

    What a great idea. I’m going to this the next time I make a handmade gift.

    Reply
    • Emmely

      Great! I love it when people try out my ideas.

      Reply
  4. KerryCan

    Nice idea–thanks for the information!

    Reply
  5. Carolyn

    These tags are really cute! As you mentioned, I can see so many opportunities to show off hand embroidery or applique here. They would be cute to add to a bottle of wine if you bring one over to a friend’s house for a party or something.

    Reply
    • Emmely

      Yes, I suppose they could be attached to almost any gift!

      Reply

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.