Customize Your Creations By Making Your Own Label
 
Through out the year we all make special gifts for loved ones. Finish the item with a label that says how much you care. Say you have a favourite neice that has recently became very involved with horseback riding and you wanted her to have something special for her riding lessons. A denim shirt with horse theme embroideries, as well as personalized, seems the perfect answer. But take it one step further. Before attaching the collar, embroider an "Aunt (your name) Original" label.

How many of us have sewing machines with various letter capabilities that we never use? I am as guilty as the next person, for purchasing a machine with all kinds of capabilities that I never use. Here's a simple project to make your own labels and make your garments true originals.

Make Your Own Label On Satin Ribbon     
Materials List:
•    1" or wider Satin Ribbon
•    Stabilizer
•    Embroidery Thread (regular thread can be used but consider the the shine and dazzle of Rayon or Polyester thread)
•    Temporary Spray Adhesive
Set up your sewing machine for embroidering letters. (Refer to your machine manual) Always test your selection on a scrap of fabric to test the size and design. Mark the starting point (the first place the machine needle penetrates the fabric).
On almost every sewing machine, unless you use stabilizer, the ribbon will get pulled into the throat plate opening.

Stabilizer will give the ribbon enough firmness to allow your stitching to float on the ribbon. (Unless you have experience with machine embroidery, odds are that you are unfamiliar with stabilizers. These are a VERY important step to any machine embroidery and can be purchased at almost any fabric store as well as many online sources. Learn more about stabilizers in the Machine Embroidery Tips Net Links.)

Place the ribbon over your test sample to check that it will fit on the ribbon and mark the starting point of your design.
Use temporary spray adhesive to adhere your ribbon to the stabilizer. Place your machine needle at the starting point mark. Do not force feed the sewing machine but gently guide the ribbon and stabilizer to keep the design straight.
Turn up the ends of the ribbon as shown and place the ends in the seam of your garment.


Make Your Own Label Out Of Scraps     
Materials List:
•    A Scrap Of Fabric
•    Stabilizer
•    Embroidery Thread (regular thread can be used but consider the the shine and dazzle of Rayon or Polyester thread)
•    Temporary Spray Adhesive
Set up your sewing machine for embroidering letters. (Refer to your machine manual) Always test your selection on a scrap of fabric to test the size and design. Mark the starting point (the first place the machine needle penetrates the fabric).

Unless you are using very stiff fabric such as denim, you will need to use a stabilizer under the fabric to obtain a smooth design. (Unless you have experience with machine embroidery, odds are that you are unfamiliar with stabilizers. These are a VERY important step to any machine embroidery and can be purchased at almost any fabric store as well as many online sources. Learn more about stabilizers in the Machine Embroidery Tips Net Links.)

Stitch out the lettering of your label. Trim out the traveling threads between the letters if necessary.

Fold the fabric in half, right sides together, enclosing the lettering. Create the fold at the bottom of your lettering. Create a small seam on each end.

Turn label right side out and press. The raw edge of the label will be enclosed in the seam of your garment.

Optional:  Consider playing with other embroidery options on your sewing machine, to create a border around your lettering.