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Date: 6/20/13 9:16 AM

On Sunday, my 11 year old son is going to be going to his first overnight camp for a week. I just realized that I need to put his name on his clothes so hopefully, he will return with the same items that I send him with. It is a Boy Scout camp and he has to take his uniform. Well, his uniform pants has zip off legs and I have been told that sometimes boys return with legs that aren't his own (and sometimes, end up with different size legs...ugh). So, I will need to mark the legs as well as the shorts part. It is too late to purchase iron on name tags that I have found on the internet. But, I read that it is possible to use a laundry marker to create labels (though, not sure what kind of fabric to use as labels) and to iron these on using fusible interfacing.

What do you think? Has anybody ever done this? If you have sent a child off to camp, what have you use to identify their clothing? Any ideas or suggestions will be greatly appreciated!!

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Date: 6/20/13 10:37 AM

I just use a sharpie marker to write the name on the tag or inside of the waistband. I generally just write our last name. Works great.

For the zip offs, you could write his name on the inside on the hem. A finer Sharpie usually works best.
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Date: 6/20/13 11:04 AM

I have one of those labeling machines, mine is made by Dymo (a letratag), but Brother also makes a good one. You can get iron-on labels for them, see this link, and purportedly they work very well.

link to device here. Probably easy to get at a Staples or Office Depot
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Date: 6/20/13 12:43 PM

Quote: Speech girl
I just use a sharpie marker to write the name on the tag or inside of the waistband. I generally just write our last name. Works great.



For the zip offs, you could write his name on the inside on the hem. A finer Sharpie usually works best.
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What she said.

My MIL had two boys and a DH, so *everything* at their house got labeled. I was MORTIFIED once when after a visit she returned a laundered pair of *my* socks with my initials on the toes! (I suppose it could have been worse; I could have left a bra behind.)

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Date: 6/20/13 8:35 PM

If you want something non-permanent could you sew a really small button onto labels and such? It could be ripped out after camp was over. Or maybe even a tack in colorful thread on the inside hem of the zip off portion of the pants?

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Date: 6/20/13 8:56 PM

Fusible woven interfacing strips with his name written on them with an indelible sharpie marker. If you don't have fusible woven interfacing, try strips of muslin with strips of wonder under or stitch witchery (fusible gooey stuff which fuses fabric to another fabric). Joann's has both.

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