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froggerng
« on: February 08, 2006 08:07:12 PM »

I really wanted to start putting labels in all my purses and makeup bags, but I wasn't about to shell out big bucks to have them woven for me, and I like all my stuff to look really professional, so...

I remembered about this iron-on transfer paper we used when I used to work at an embroidery shop.  Basically, you run it through your printer with the design mirror-imaged, cut out your design, and iron it on t-shirts, pillowcases, etc.  I shrunk my design down to about 1/2" by 2" or so, and ironed the little cut-outs onto 1/2" seam binding.  Voila!  I now have totally professional-looking labels for my purses!

If your logo doesn't fit onto seam binding, you can always use plain white woven cotton.  The iron-on transfer seems to seal the edges enough that unraveling doesn't seem to be a problem, but I would satin-stitch the edges or use Fray-Check, just in case.
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« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2006 08:23:41 PM »

I was trying to make labels for my bags too.  This is what I tried that worked great .
I printed out my logo on computer paper.  Cut it out then used clear contact paper on both sides and trimmed it then you can sew it in it your item.  Its like a plastic tag.  I like it because I can use color in my logo.

I havent tried the iron on transfer I did see a tutorial for it but havent tried it yet.

Wendy
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« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2006 08:24:09 PM »

How does the transfer hold up?  my parents made me a t-shirt using that iron on stuff and it totally fell apart, cracked and peeled.  I'm glad I came across this because I want some labels for my purses too.  Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2006 08:27:02 PM »

I like the transfers because, if the directions on the transfer paper package are correct, it's "washable."  That means durable to me, and even though I don't encourage people to just toss my handmade pieces in the washing machine when they get grungy, it's nice to know the labels will come out lookin' good, lol! 

The plastic would be a good idea if I ever decide to put labels in my checkbook holders or wallets.  Those can really get a ton of use if people throw them in the purse they use every day.
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« Reply #4 on: February 08, 2006 08:28:30 PM »

I put the transfers on 1" wide white satin ribbon and iron a fold in it. Looks just like clothing tags.
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« Reply #5 on: February 08, 2006 08:29:18 PM »

I think the trick is to iron them long enough, and use a lot of pressure with the iron.  I haven't had trouble yet.  I guess sewing around the edges helps too, because you're sewing through the plastic transfer layer too.  Keeps the edges from pulling up, which leads to rips and tears over the long run.
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« Reply #6 on: February 09, 2006 11:53:13 AM »

AHHHH, I will defintely have to give that a try!  thanks for the tips, I"ll let you know how it works out.
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« Reply #7 on: February 13, 2006 10:12:39 AM »

another idea - i was thinking about tags this weekend, and was considering trying my iron-on transfer pen on a bit of light fabric - i don't have a good logo to print out, and i don't mind my tag looking a bit handmade, since the bag is handmade, and i think the consistency is nice.

i'll have to post back after and let you know how it works out.

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« Reply #8 on: February 13, 2006 10:19:56 AM »

vanityandagun did a little tutorial on doing this with ribbon a while back http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=40044.0

good idea on the seam binding. i may give that a try instead of the ribbon.

it works pretty well, though i've got to work on making my text clearer. that and get my printer back from my friend. Smiley
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