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Posted on: 8/19/06 7:42 AM
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There are some great labels out there and not just on clothes - I even took the one off my new ironing board cover!

Starting a collection by recycling the labels from your old clothes (and maybe even your husband's and kids clothes) can really jazz up your sewing projects. You can tuck them safely inside your garments where you'll enjoy them every time you put them on or go for a more avante garde look and sew them to the outside of your garments - at the hemline, into a seam or even airline-hostie style on the lapel. It will give them a more professional look.

Bowl of recycled labels

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SewTappy said... (11/6/06 7:26 PM) Reply
Great Idea - I just saw a wall quilt made from labels in a magazine. Could be a new rave...
HelenMay said... (9/21/06 9:51 AM) Reply
Helen, your sewing skills and wardrobe are fantastic. I'm a Helen from Adelaide, wish we were nearer to be sewing buddies! I find, as some of your garments are, patterned tops and patterned bottoms. Plain fabric just doesn't seem to get a look in, therefore the wardrobe is somewhat limited. Do you have plains to go with the patterns? Aust Stitches often do wardrobe planning, and I have good intensions when visiting fabric stores, but once I see a print I can't resist I'm lost again!
brrmm said... (8/22/06 6:09 AM) Reply
Helen - great idea ! Just been looking at your photo album. Man, you have a stack of great looking creations there. Particularly like that crazy-patchwork top. Can u share how you did it? Also love that Issey skirt with the disc thingys - where do you get these ideas? Great work.
Aless said... (8/21/06 11:29 PM) Reply
Helen-I saw this label when you posted this photo and wondered where you got such a cool label ! Excellent ideas here.
Aless said... (8/21/06 11:28 PM) Reply
Helen-I saw this label when you originally posted this photo and wondered where you got such a cool label ! Excellent ideas here.
joan said... (8/21/06 1:17 PM) Reply
Thanks, for the great tip. I have used the label from men's silk ties, but would never have thought about using anything but garment labels until "ironing board cover label". What fun!
Annie- oh said... (8/19/06 9:53 AM) Reply
Helen - Love it! I do this some, too, but now I'll be more alert to the unexpected, such as ironing board covers. Your photo example is snazzy, too.
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