April 10, 2012

Clothing Labels, or, now I know which is the back side on this t-shirt

Twill Tape Clothing Labels

I found twilltape.com from some random craft blog I was perusing. The blogger had a logo printed on a yard of this twill tape and then cut them up and used them as clothing labels. Genius!

I chose a simple black logo of Dixie DIY with scissors for the X printed on 1/2" wide tape in "natural." There's about a half inch in between each logo.

What I liked about this idea vs. other printed or woven label companies was that most places require large minimums for orders (really? 500 labels???), or, if they don't they're located in Hong Kong and I'm a little wary of giving my money to some stranger so far away.

Twill Tape Clothing Labels

John at twilltape.com was quick in returning my emails and sending him graphics was easy. And best of all he printed my yard of tape right away, sent me a proof photo and then shipped the tape the same day. Sure, there are cheaper ways to buy/make labels. I only got about 20 logos on my yard of tape but if you order several yards you can get a discount. But for my first label experience I'm pretty pleased!

Twill Tape Clothing Labels

I tested my first label out on my beignet skirt (because it was the first thing I could find in my laundry pile). I like that I can attach these labels horizontally (stitched at both ends) or vertically (stitched just on one end, I'll have to add fray check to the other end).

But best of all I can attach these to the backs of t-shirts and skirts that always confuse me as to which side is the front or the back! Sometimes it's hard to tell, ya know?

We'll see how well the print holds up over time but they look pretty sturdy for now. Have you had your own labels made? If so, from where?

16 comments:

  1. So cute and it seems so professional! Love the idea.

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  2. Fantastic idea! I'm going to give this a try!

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  3. Looks like a nice job! Lovin the scissors ;)
    Px

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  4. I really like those; thanks for the link!

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  5. Ooh, let me know how these hold up. I have labels that are printed from a shop on Etsy, but they aren't on twill tape. I like them well enough (they don't fray, and fold over to be double-sided), but am always curious about other labels.

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  6. This is awesome! For a while I was using a set of old twill-tape labels I found in my grandmother's sewing box, but a) I am running out and b) they just say my last name because the labels are from when my grandmother used to sew my uncle's name into all his clothes so I'm just cutting the "Tom" off the beginning of each one...good to know where I could get more (without getting a million!)

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  7. Cute! Love the scissors! I have similar labels that I ordered from Midori ribbon. It's their custom printed herringbone ribbon, which comes on a big spool. The per-label cost is less that way, but yeah-I've got a ton now.

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  8. This is so wonderful and cheap! A year ago, I tried to order labels and ran into the problem of having to order a minimum of 500 just to place an order.

    A trick we use when setting labels at work is to turn label edges under and edge stitch and THEN apply it to garment (no fray check!). FYI - I love your logo with the scissors!

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  9. That looks so cool! I am going to give it a try too. I am familiar with the minimum order of 500 too! Ugh!

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  10. Way cute! I'm running into the same problem... I need something that differentiates the front and back. Just to make things go a bit faster in the morning. :)

    Thanks for sharing the link. Love your logo, too. It's darling.

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  11. Awww, they look great! I love the scissors for the X. :)

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  12. They look amazing! I will definately test them for a few pillow-cover labels I need!

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  13. Thanks for this information. Yours turned out beautifully.

    I've been wanting labels to put on my clothes for the exact same reason :)

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