Sarah Jane Humke

The life of a traveling, reading, writing, spining and knitting shepherdess.

Labeling Handknits July 4, 2013

One of the things that I have come up against when giving handknits as a gift is how to express the care and feeding of the item to the recipient without making the birthday or baby card sound like a do’s and don’ts list.  Given that often cards quickly get separated from the gift, this is one way that I use to make sure that the knits that I give receive the care that they require.

Some people sew fabric care tags into their garments, but I find these itchy and often expensive.  My solution is also easily customized for whatever the handmade item is.

I found these shipping tags a while ago at an office supply store. They are durable and large enough to contain all the information I need to put on them.

HWC 1

The last time I was in Staples, I checked and they are about $6 for a package of 100 tags.  So not pricy.

I also have this lovely stamp that says, “Original  Handmade With Care” on it.  I got it a while ago at Michael’s on clearance.  You don’t even need to use one like this. If you see a stamp that you think is nice and it fits, go for it!  I also snagged the black ink pad for $1.  I’ve seen stamps like this before, in fact I think I have one that even says “Handmade by:” on it somewhere in my storage unit.

HWC 2

The rest is pretty intuitive. Stamp the tags, leaving enough space to write something below (there’s always the back too).

HWC 3

Attach the tags to the handmade object and voila! No more boring cards!

HWC 5

(I could see a pretty cool version of this using up-cycled old Christmas cards for the front for Christmas gifts.:-))

 

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