#FridayFollow: buy labels for your #handmade #dolls’ clothes @DutchLabel

This image shows three swatches of fabric which have a soft fabric sewing label sewn directly onto the fabric using a whipstitch. Each label says "ChellyWood.com" and the image goes with a blog post about where to buy craft labels like these.
Please visit ChellyWood.com for FREE printable sewing patterns for dolls of many shapes and sizes.

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…

This image shows a wardrobe of many clothing items to fit Wellie Wishers, Hearts4Hearts Girls, Crissy dolls, BFF Ink dolls, and many other dolls in the 13- to 17- inch size range. Included in the wardrobe are the following doll clothes items shown in pastel colors: a pair of shorts with a pocket, a pair of shorts without a pocket, a purse, a tank top with round neck, a tank top with V-neck, a lace-sleeve shirt, a short-sleeve shirt, a skirt with handmade ruffle, a skirt with lace ruffle, a skirt with lace ruffle and rickrack, a skirt with a floral embellishment, and a skirt made of London-print fabric in pink (showing the Tower of Big Ben, London Bridge, Brittish bobbies, and more), a pair of jeans without a pocket, and a pair of khaki pants with a pocket. All patterns and tutorial videos showing how to make these outfits are provided for free at ChellyWood.com.
Please visit ChellyWood.com for free printable sewing patterns to fit dolls of many shapes and sizes.

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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