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Posted on: 3/20/04 1:08 AM
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When making clothes for children [especially elastic waisted pants] I sew in a marker at the centre back of garment waist so when learnig to dress themselves they are easily able to work out which way to put garment on and not have to ask mum. I just use a cotton twill tape

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nursesarah79 said... (7/23/04 0:07 AM) Reply
When i am out of lables i use ribbon loops. I have also been known to use elastic as a marker. when i trim the elastic ends off after sewing the elastic together, i just took the little piece of elastic and used as a tag.
J_J said... (3/25/04 11:08 AM) Reply
I do this too. I use ribbon, bias tape, whatever's handy. When I do this for my grandkids, I machine stitch their initials on the marker. The kids get a kick out of it, and it makes it easy to sort and fold the clean laundry into the right piles.
ReneeO said... (3/22/04 9:41 PM) Reply
I should have done this for myself, yesterday while making outfit for dear niece, I sewd the drawstring into the shorts backwards! now they tie in the back instead of the front!!! If I hadn't already cut the button holes for the string I would change it. O'well the top for the outfit is open back so it looks like a design feature :) I'll mark it next time! Thanks for the tip
Ann C said... (3/22/04 7:56 AM) Reply
My grandma and mom always hand sewed an X in a contrasting thread on the inside of the casing at center back. I have done this for my son's garmets also.
Mary Stiefer said... (3/20/04 10:57 PM) Reply
I put my personalized sewing tags in the back of pants and this works too. Then the grandbabies know it came from grandma.
SewVeryTall said... (3/20/04 4:21 AM) Reply
Great tip. I do this too, even in adult elastic waist pants [like PJs], it makes the back so quick and easy to identify. I just use a leftover 3" piece of grosgrain ribbon, folded in two, and pin the raw edges into the back seam before I sew it. The ribbon just needs to be long enough so that it extends beyond the seam allowance, and in a color that shows up easily. Be sure to attach it low enough, so that it will be below the elastic casing area. I have a 3" piece of grosgrain leftover everytime I make a hat...I think it's just too kewl that this has a good use.
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