I've been collecting these natural cotton tapes and leather labels from places like Etsy and my local quilt shop for a while now - ever since Miss Amy clued me in. Can't seem to get enough of them. They add such a nice, professional finish and a pretty little detail to just about any sewing project.
Here's how I like to use them.
First, just plain.
- Cut the label.
- Fold and press the cut edges under.
- Apply a piece of fusible web to the back side of the label.
- Iron it in place onto your project.
- Sew around the edges with a straight or zigzag stitch.
To get a little fancier, I put a contrasting fabric underneath. It frames the label and draws your eye right right to it. I use the same fusible web process for both layers.
I also like using felt underneath instead of fabric. And I like using my scalloped scissors (found them on eBay) for felt, although pinking shears or a straight edge look very nice. (Again, same fusible web trick.)
Then there's this really cool stuff called Kraft-Tex. Check your local quilt/craft shop or search online. It comes in rolls in a few different colours (white, black, craft-paper brown ...). It feels like a stiff paper but you can wash it - as in put it in the washing machine AND the dryer - iron it, cut it, fold it, paint it, stamp it, machine and hand stitch it ... . I use it to back/frame labels too.
Take it a step further and fuse fabric to Kraft-Tex before trimming to keep the fabric from fraying.
And finally there are these leather labels. I hand stitch them on with embroidery thread.
So that's that. Not much to it, really. They take mere minutes to make. And they're fun. :)
I've added this tutorial to my Tutorials link at the top of the page so you can find this post easily whenever you like.
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