DIY to the end
I really love the custom labels you can put on your finished items. It’s like tying a bow on a package or signing a painting; such a satisfying moment. But I have been uninspired by the designs I’ve seen lately. And they don’t always have all the information I want on them. What’s a knitter to do? I am the boss of my knitting and I know I can be the boss of my labels and make them exactly how I want them. Really. I know I can. I just don’t know how, yet.
Well, I did what I usually do. I Google-ed “diy garment labels” and, oh, my lovelies, did I get some great ideas. It’s a lot simpler than I thought it would be. From carving my own custom stamp out of an eraser to using printable t-shirt transfer paper to printing directly onto fabric, it even sounds like fun.
Here’s a list of my favorite tutorial sites:
My favorite method turned out to be the butcher paper/print directly to fabric method. It was easy and Liz and I had a great time watching them come off the printer.
Design your label on whatever software you have on your computer. I used Pages on my MacBook.
Here’s me ironing my freezer paper to my muslin.
Trim the fused freezer paper and muslin to 8.5 x 11.
Put your fused freezer paper and muslin in the printer.
Cut out your labels. I like the ones that fold in half with the care instructions on the reverse side.
Sew onto your finished project. And, voila! Very quick. Very easy. Very fun. Very satisfying!