Have you ever seen fabric craft labels on other people’s handmade doll clothes and wondered, “Where did they buy that?” Well today’s blog post offers one suggestion.
Adding a label to your handmade doll clothes helps people find your Etsy store or sewing blog again, long after they’ve forgotten where they bought your product. It’s a subtle way to advertise your handmade goods in a way that lasts for the life of the product.
I bought the labels shown in the image above from the DutchLabelShop on Etsy.
When I ordered these labels, I wanted to keep my message simple and the size small. These labels cost me a little over $40 for 100 labels, including shipping. Some label makers may offer a better deal, but I was happy with how quickly DutchLabelShop processed my order, and the quality and size of the labels was perfect for the mass majority of the projects I make.
Since I create some very small doll clothes for Skipper, Stacie, and even Kelly or Polly Pocket dolls, I wanted my labels really, really small. DutchLabelShop on Etsy provided the smallest labels I could find with a font that was large enough to easily read.
Believe it or not, my labels have been sewn into a lot of these doll clothes, but you can barely tell because the labels are so small…
Here’s a link to the exact label that I ordered from the DutchLabelShop on Etsy. My labels are white on one side with black lettering. On the back side, though, they have a sort of photo-negative effect, with a black color to the back of the label. This is the only drawback to these particular labels: that black color sometimes shows through thin fabrics. For that reason, I avoid sewing these labels onto filmy fabrics.
However the DutchLabelShop offers a huge variety of fonts and lots of different designs and colors for their labels. You can either hand-stitch your labels onto your doll clothes (which is what I usually do) or use a sewing machine to sew them on.
Expect the two narrow edges of the labels to be a “raw” edge which must be turned under before you stitch the label on. (That’s the norm for most reasonably-priced label makers.)
Some label makers actually send you their labels in a long strip, like a ribbon, and you have to cut each label off the length of ribbon. But the DutchLabelShop sent me these ones pre-cut, which was one of the reasons why I’ll definitely order my labels from them again.
Pre-cut labels have a clean, even, uniform cut and that saves me just a teeny bit of time. Rather than measuring my labels and carefully cutting them each time I want to use them, I just grab-and-sew the label on.
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