Labels add a personal touch to knitted or crocheted scarves, hats and other handmade clothes and accessories. The creation and application of a personalized tag is like signing a finished work of art. Tags are not a requirement, but they are a visual reminder of the person who crafted the items with time, talent and love. You do not have to buy expensive machine-embroidered tags. Consider these easy homemade clothing labels that you can create in a matter of minutes. They will signify that your personal creations are handcrafted and truly unique.
Stamp Ribbed Pieces of Ribbon
Ribbons can be used to create homemade tags for handmade clothing. Buy white, cream or light colored ribbed ribbon that is ½-inch wide, a personalized stamp and an ink pad. You will also need a scrap piece of fabric, a pair of fabric scissors, Fray Check, invisible thread, a sewing needle and an iron. Fray Check will prevent the raw edges of the ribbon from fraying.
Clip off a piece of ribbon of the appropriate size, and apply Fray Check to the edges according to product label directions. After it dries, stamp your message onto the ribbon. After the ink dries, heat up the iron to moderate temperature setting, and press the printed label with the piece of scrap fabric in place. The heat will make the ink permanent, and the scrap fabric will prevent it from transferring onto the iron.
After the label cools, stitch it to your homemade garment using a needle and clear thread. It is not necessary to stitch it all of the way around. Tack the narrow ends or the four corners securely in place. It will look like a professional label, but it will include your personal message instead of a brand name.
Make Hand-Painted Felt Labels
Felt is ideal for homemade labels because it comes in a wide range of colors. It is also incredibly soft, and it will not fray. Cut a piece of felt into shapes of the appropriate size, and add your initials, a message or a design of your choice using a fine-tip brush and acrylic craft paint. After the paint dries, tack the homemade tag into place using a needle and clear thread. It will add unique designer flair to your handmade clothing, and it will add a personal touch unlike anything available in stores.
Source: Advanced Crafting Education and Experience