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:

http://www.iammommahearmeroar.net/2012/08/diy-stamped-labels.html

http://www.victorypatterns.com/blog/2012/05/diy-transfer-clothing-labels/

http://voices.yahoo.com/make-own-t-shirt-transfers-11687092.html?cat=46

http://www.elmstreetlife.com/2011/05/diy-fabric-labels.html

http://loweryourpresserfoot.blogspot.com/2010/09/easy-diy-custom-clothing-labels.html

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.

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Design your label on whatever software you have on your computer.  I used Pages on my MacBook.

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Here’s me ironing my freezer paper to my muslin.

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Trim the fused freezer paper and muslin to 8.5 x 11.

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Put your fused freezer paper and muslin in the printer.

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And print.

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Cut out your labels.  I like the ones that fold in half with the care instructions on the reverse side.

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Sew onto your finished project.  And, voila!  Very quick.  Very easy.  Very fun.  Very satisfying!

 

 

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