Sunday, November 9, 2008

Woo!

Check out the gorgeous yarn Rachel-Marie made me:




Grape Banana Smoothie Handspun :) It's so awesome! The yellows and purples are so bright and super pretty. And how awesome is the sweet little Moleskine?!
I'm not normally a fan of purple. It is the smallest stack on my fabric shelves. I think I have a hard time finding purple prints that are semi-grownup. I don't claim to be a grownup or anything but I figure not everyone likes glitter and flowers all over their purple fabric ;) Several months ago though I found Grape Banana Smoothie in Rachel-Marie's shop, it hit me hard!



So bright and fun! Just last night I realized why I love this color combination so much, when I was a kid I had a pair of high top Converse. They were the kind you could fold down the top because the inside was a different color... mine were yellow on the outside and purple on the inside :) If I had a scanner I'd so upload that photo.



ANYWAYS. This is what I made with my original Grape Banana Smoothie from KDG...
Awesome right?!? The banana fabric is just tooo perfect :)

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Sew-In labels

I've had lots of folks ask about my labels. They are so easy to make I thought I'd whip up this little tutorial :)
All you need is a regular printer (nothing fancy is necessary), June Tailor printable fabric sheets, a program on the computer in which to create your design, scissors, and a iron.
PS I buy my fabric sheets at Hobby Lobby and used my 40% off coupon, way cheap.



I use Paint Shop Pro, I'm not a huge fan but it's what I have. These are so easy I bet you could use Paint! Any similar program would work out just fine.
First I made up my label design. I knew I wanted it to be a fold in half and sew in kind so I figured up how big exactly I needed it to be (we're talking inches here). Resize the blank image to the size you need your label.
Now for the fun part! I measure the halfway and marked it with a line. The info you need on your label's are more or less standard.
1) Business name
2) Your name
3) Website
4) Contact info (email)
In addition to all that I include
5) Where it was made
6) DOM, Date Of Manufacture


Once you are happy with your label design it's time to make a whole sheet of them. I opened a new image and resized it to 8.5 X 11, the size of the fabric sheet. Then I copy and pasted my label into it till it was full of labels. Make sure to fill the sheet but don't cut off any of the seam allowance (ask me how I know!).


 Okay, after you have a full sheet it's time to print! I set my printer to the highest print setting (usually I have it on "quick print" to save ink) and print.


 
Next the directions on the package say to rinse (I skip that part) and iron to set the ink. Just a quick once over using a press cloth and you're good to go. Peel off the paper backing and start cutting out your labels!


What I love about these labels is they don't fray. Now I admit I have not done hardcore tests on them, but for my uses they are the cheapest and easiest option. And fastest, once you have "designed" your label you can print off a sheet in no time.
The total cost:
1 of the big 10 sheet packs of printer fabric sheets is $25, if you use a coupon they are $20.
That makes each sheet $2 each.
I can fit 48 of these labels onto one sheet.
Each label costs about 0.04.

Not bad! Obviously depending on size you could make them even cheaper. And the not sew-in sort are just as easy. I hope this has helped!