4 ways to make your own clothing labels with HPx360

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I’ve partnered with HP to introduce their x360 laptop/tablet. HP is on tour with Meghan Trainor for her All About That Bass Tour!

 

Today I am sharing 4 quick tutorials to make 4 types of custom labels, inspired by the HP x360’s 4 modes: laptop, tablet, tent and stand! Clothing labels add such a special touch to handmade items! I love them because they are really cute and make a project looked more “finished” or store-bought. They are perfect for branding your items or just adding a finish to a gift. And there are lots of great ways to make them yourself, I have FOUR favorites.

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The HP x360 is a nifty device. It has a touch screen, which my kids (and I) love. They have been trying to get our old computers to be touch screens for a while now. The 360 in the name comes from the fact that the screen can flip 360 degrees around! It’s so cool! So I can be a laptop, a tablet, a gaming screen or set up to stream video. I’ve been so impressed with this device, it has all the capabilities of a tablet, including apps for things like weather, etc. And also, everything you need in a laptop. And YOU CAN TOUCH THE SCREEN.

It is kinda perfect for my sewing room, too. I can set it up to stream while I’m sewing, or scroll while I’m looking at blogs or tutorials.

Four is a great number! All four of my DIY sewing label tutorials are washable and inexpensive to make! There are 4 different ways to make them for 4 unique looks to fit any sewing project. I’m excited to slap some screenprinted “HANDMADE” labels on quilts and the smaller ones in clothing and on accessories.

Here are my FOUR ways to make your own clothing labels:

  1. Printed Labels
  2. Custom Stamped Labels
  3. Screenprinted Labels
  4. Fabric Pen Labels

DIY clothing labels

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1. Fabric printed clothing labels

I shared my label secret a few years back in this post. I finally printed some updated ones and I have some more tips to share to get these perfect. This method is simple: design your logo or design on a computer and either print it yourself or have a fabric printing company do it.

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  • Design labels in Photoshop, Picmonkey or other design software
  • Upload design to Spoonflower, or another fabric printing service and have it printed
  • (You can print from home, too with photo fabric paper, however the designs won’t be washable.)
  • Cut along edges of labels and press under top and bottom 1/4″
  • Press fusible interfacing to the back
  • Stitch along top and bottom about 1/8″ from edge of label
  • You can do multiple at once by sewing them onto a chain and then clipping the threads later.
  • Press sides under 1/4″
  • When you are ready to sew the label onto a project pin sides to project and stitch along each side edge. Backstitch at start and stop.

Tips

  • My labels measure 1.75″ tall by 3″ wide and I made a design with 6 colors.
  • One yard of fabric will get you about 300 labels when printed at this size.
  • Here is what my file looked like for these:

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And printed with a basic repeat on basic combed cotton:

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2. Custom stamped clothing labels

My newest toy is a custom stamp with my logo on it! It’s just a rubber stamp that I ordered from a seller on etsy. I uploaded a design and had them make it. However, you can also use letter stamps to stamp out words and phrases, or use a store-bought stamp with a picture or graphic on it, like a heart or cute phrase.

You need special ink for this, fabric ink. I use something similar to this product. It is washable and I’ve had the same bottle for over 6 years now and it’s still good! I don’t use it super often, but it lasts. The fun thing about stamps like this is that you can stamp directly on your project or even make “fabric” with your stamp and fabric ink!

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Instructions:

  • Stamp scraps of fabric with logo design
  • Trim edges leaving an extra 1/4″ or more around your design
  • Fuse lightweight interfacing to the back
  • Fold all edges under 1/4″ and press well
  • When you’re ready to use, pin and sew to your finished project!

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3. Silkscreened labels

I’ve always loved screenprinting and I have shared some of my printed projects before. I had never printed labels though, and I’m not sure why! I love these! I just used things I had on hand: bright pink ink and fabric scraps and the result is a very handmade looking label! Screenprinting is great because when your screen gets old and kinda dirty from old ink, it leaves imperfections that cannot be replicated any other way. Each label turned out slightly different from the others.

You’ll need a few supplies for this: a screen, ink, a squeege and vinyl or tape. Here is a great starter kit for under $50.

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  • To screenprint labels, cut your design out on a vinyl sheet using an electronic cutter or small craft blade
  • I recommend cutting out a few to each sheet so you get more labels each time you screen. I cut 4 for these.
  • Attach to a silkscreen and fill in all the gaps with masking tape
  • Screen ink through the screen and print as many labels as you want!
  • The ink must be heat set, you can do that as you iron the interfacing to the back of the label.
  • For a more in-depth tutorial on screenprinting click here
  • Tips: Cut out words backwards to make sure they show up correctly when you screen the ink through

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My design here is about 3″ by 3″ so these are nice big labels that I plan to use on quilts.

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Screen the ink through the screen and onto your fabric!

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Cut out labels and fuse interfacing to the back.

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Fold over edges to give your label a nice border and press.

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Stitch around and onto a project!

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4. Permanent Fabric Pen Labels

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These labels use a basic fabric pen found at many craft stores. It’s a permanent wash-safe marker, I use the one made by Dritz! I like the idea of being able to make just ONE label because you can write specific notes to people, add care instructions, etc.

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  • For these labels, you can write directly on your project or make a little label with scrap fabric and write on that.
  • Use interfacing again and fold over all edges at least 1/4″ and press
  • Sew around the edges
  • Add your message, pictures or care instructions
  • For these, I sewed the first label onto another scrap of fabric, using pinking shears around the edges, just for an extra pop of color!

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And there you go! FOUR ways to make clothing labels to go with the HP x360’s FOUR modes! I hope this post inspired you to make your own labels!

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SEWERS GONNA SEW tees!

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I’m so excited to release these new tshirts! If you follow on instagram, facebook or subscribe to my newsletter you have probably already seen them!

These shirts feature a cute calligraphy design that says “Sewers Gonna Sew” with a needle graphic! I love them! There are two colors to choose from: heather grey or mauve. Size small is already sold out in Heather Grey, but I put those on backorder if you still want one!

 

 

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A note about shirt sizing:

The Sewers Gonna Sew tees are printed on Unisex size shirts, or men’s sizing. I normally wear a size Medium in women’s and these shirts I am wearing are size Small. I recommend sizing down one for a good fit. This sizing is similar to the sizing for the Sewing Machine Graphic Tees.

The Measure Twice, Cut Once tees are printed on women’s sizing that runs a little small, so in the photos I am wearing a size Large. Sorry about the sizing discrepancies! But I hope this helps you get a good fit!

All shirts are made, designed and printed in the USA on 100% cotton shirts! (Heather Grey is 90% cotton, 10% polyester)

Use the code TWOTEES to save $5 off any two tees through midnight tonight!

 

two-tone knotted pillow cover tutorial with Wanderer Fabric

 

Knotted Pillow Cover Tutorial

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April Rhodes sent me some of her pretty new fabric line, Wanderer. The fabrics are really unique and colorful, I thought they would be nice accent pillows. I had a really hard time picking fabrics to use because I love so many of the prints. There are a few knits and voiles, too!

I ended up choosing 3 that I really loved and made them into 2 two-tone pillow covers with knotted corners. I used a different color or print for the backside of the pillow which is visible in the knotted tabs, since the knots go all over the place! I used two prints for the black/white pillow and a coordinating kona solid for the back of the other one. Two options for two different looks. I love how they have spruced up my living room already!

 

Knotted Pillow Cover Tutorial

The knots are fun because you can see the back fabric when they twist and turn. This pillow has a hidden invisible zipper which is super easy to install and I included a free pattern that you can just download and print.

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The pillows require 1 yard each of 2 prints, which is kinda a lot for a pillow cover. The knots take up a lot of space on the fabric but you will have some large chunks of scraps to use for smaller projects later. I pieced together a few large scraps of the brown fabric. I really wanted to use that fabric, but didn’t have enough. So that is an option, too!

I included instructions on lining the inside of the pillow. I do recommend doing that, it makes them easier to clean and just nicer. But if you want to skip the lining that is up to you! The pillow cover is designed to fit a 15″ by 22″ ish pillowform. I got mine at IKEA but here are a few other options : 15″ by 22″ or 16″ by 23″ feather.

Knotted Pillow Cover Tutorial

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Materials:
-1 yard fabric
-1 yard contrast for back
-1 yard for lining (optional)
-batting
-1- 16-18″ invisible zipper
-Knotted Pillow Cover Pattern Download
-pillow form

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Print pattern and tap it together as shown below.

Pages will overlap a little bit.

LAYOUT

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Fold your 1 yard of fabric in half twice.

Place the pattern piece on both folds.

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Cut out 1 pillow piece from front, one from back.

Then fold the knot piece under and cut 2 from batting and 2 from lining fabric.

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Fuse interfacing to back of main pieces. Interfacing will make the fabric a bit sturdier and also keep it smooth.

Baste batting to the back of the lining pieces around the edges. The batting will create a soft case around the pillow form. Pillows should be super soft and if you’re using a down feather pillow form you won’t feel any prickly feathers through this cover!

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Sew the zipper into the pillow. Lay the zipper down on the right side of the case. Use an invisible zipper foot to sew the zipper on. Repeat on the other side. See my invisible zipper tutorial, it’s the easiest zipper to install and you will love the results!

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Once you have sewn the zipper in, sew the lining to on the other side of the zipper. The lining and fabric will be right sides together and the zipper will be in between.

 

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Sew both linings together. Now lay the pillow cover out with the outside pieces (the ones with the knots) facing and the lining pieces facing. Sew all the way around the whole case, including the knot tabs and the lining. Make sure the zipper is OPEN. Also, leave a 6″ opening at the bottom of the lining. Clip corners of seam allowance.

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When you sew near the zipper, sew right underneath or right up against the stitching that you made to sew the zipper on (shown in red). The new stitching (shown in black) will match right up to that stitching to give you a seamless transition from the zipper when you turn your pillow. Be sure to backstitch.

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Turn the pillow cover right sides out. Push the knot tabs out and use a pointed stick or pencil to make the points sharp. Sew the hole in the lining with a topstitch. Push the lining into the pillow case and push the corners of the lining into the corners of the pillow cover. Tack the inside lining/batting piece to the outside of the pillow cover by sewing a 3/4″ line of stitching right in the corner between the knot tabs. Backstitch at start and finish of this little line of stitching. The knot will cover it up and the stitching will just make sure everything stays put together when you take the pillow form in and out or when washing, etc.
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Your pillow is pretty much done! Now tie the knot tabs into a knot and throw it on your couch!

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knotted corner pillows with wanderer fabric

Fabrics and sources:
Serape Dream Air
Crochetting Clouds Air
Painted Pony Appaloosa
Solid Kona Cotton in Bisque, fabric.com
White side chair

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styled by vivian // penelope peplum dress

Written by Vivian of Vivileen.

Pattern: Penelope Peplum with the dress add-on

Fabric: Kelly Green Ponte c/o Girl Charlee

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2This month I made the Penelope Peplum dress.  I’m so proud of the finished result! I’ve never made a dress before.  Sleeves have always intimidated me, but this pattern and instructions made them so easy to sew.  I was also really nervous about finishing the neckline, but that was surprisingly easy too! If you’re like me and afraid to sew a dress, or a top with real sleeves, this is a great one to start with.

I love the fit and feel of this dress.  The knit I used is nice and thick, and so soft! I know I’ll be wearing this a ton when the weather warms up this spring.  The fit of this dress is super flattering and it’s really comfortable.

Have you made a Penelope Peplum yet?!

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15 Zipper Pouch Tutorials

15 Zipper Pouch Tutorials

15 Zipper Pouch Tutorials

Zipper pouches are one of my favorite things to sew! You may know that if you’ve been following along for a while. They are fun, fast and useful! I love giving them as gifts and organizing little things with them. Here are 15 zipper pouches to sew today!

1. Basic Zipper Pouch
2. Emoji Zipper Pouch
3. Round Zipper Case
4. Smashed Fabric and Leather pouch
5. Gold Leather and Suede Cosmetic Case
6. Ruffle Zipper Pouch with Geometric Stitching
7. Zippered Bow Pouch
8. Zipper Book Clutch
9. See-through Zipper Bag
10. Little Man Diaper Clutch
11. Knotted Zipper Pencil Pouch
12. Leopard and Sequin Zipper Clutch
13. Beach Essentials Pouch
14. Ruffle Fabric Makeup Bag
15. Metallic Gem Zipper Case