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Jessica Joy

Knitwear designer, teacher and author

It’s almost one month to the Christ­mas craft mar­ket at The Mak­ery in Bath. I thought it would be fun to show you guys my plan­ning and prepa­ra­tion as the date draws nearer. This is my first ever craft fair so it’s really excit­ing to organ­ise the theme of the stall, design how the price tags are going to look and choose what prod­ucts to fea­ture. I have lists com­ing out of my ears, and today my heart was set on labels.

Ever since I saw this post from Sophia at Iro Iro Crafts I dreamt of cre­at­ing labels for my knits and now I have the per­fect rea­son. Her tuto­r­ial is excel­lent, so head over there if you’d like to try for your­self. I adapted the process a lit­tle to make a large batch at once.

I spot­ted this cot­ton fab­ric tape in the hab­er­dash­ery in my local mar­ket and thought how per­fect it would be for the job — min­i­mal cut­ting required! I picked up 2m super cheap, which should be more than enough. The secret to mak­ing these labels is iron-on trans­fer paper, which is sur­pris­ingly easy to get hold of — I found a pack of 5 sheets in Wilkinson’s and Sophia found hers in Tesco. You need to do a lit­tle bit of work on the com­puter before hand to pre­pare your image, but any basic photo edit­ing soft­ware will suf­fice so long as you can cre­ate a mirror-image, or flip your graphic horizontally.

Once I was happy with my flipped image I dupli­cated it across 1 A4 sheet, which fit around 40 indi­vid­ual labels. I made mine 35mm x 13mm. I found that cut­ting each one so they were smaller than the area of tape made it easy to set up and iron lots at once. Make sure you only iron for around 60 sec­onds or else the fin­ished image could look a lit­tle singed.

Et voila! A whole strip of labels to cut up and hand sew into my knits. I absolutely love the fin­ished prod­uct, it gives a unique fin­ish to your hand­made good­ies and makes sure peo­ple don’t for­get where they came from.

4 comments
  1. onetenzeroseven 9 November 2011, 6:40 pm

    These look absolutely gor­geous!! <3

  2. Jess 9 November 2011, 8:47 pm

    Thank you, hun :)

  3. Tina 19 March 2012, 9:33 am

    Thank you so much for this — I have some trans­fer paper left from a pre­vi­ous project and will pick up some tape today. Much less stress­ful than try­ing to find small quan­ti­ties from manufacturers!

    • Jess 19 March 2012, 9:59 am

      Hi Tina, I’m so glad you found this use­ful. It’s sur­pris­ing how easy they are to make as well — really good to get a big batch out at once!

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