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Posted by: Robin H

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Posted on: 9/17/05 7:02 PM
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I sew a lot for my kids, and they (and my husband) need help telling the front from the back. For an unembellished PJ top or bottom, this can be difficult for the "unenlightened". If I have it, I use a woven size label, but sometimes I don't have one, or it isn't the right size, or will show through the fabric.

If you have a scrap of grosgrain ribbon or twill tape, double it over and include it when the neckline or waistband is finished, just like RTW. For kids who are "fussy" about scratchy tags, I LOVE scraps of rayon seam binding, which are SOFT. You can even write on the tab with a permanent marker.

You can also use this tip to keep sets together, for instance tops and bottoms with the same color tabs, if you make multiples in different size ranges for different kids

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Sewnla said... (1/18/07 7:19 PM) Reply
Great tip and so simple too!
Vajie said... (10/15/06 1:18 AM) Reply
I use a scrap of whatever the project is made of. Then there's no contrasting texture to irritate. Also, try sewing the tags on shirts into the seam near the bottom. A lot of RTW have them there now. And since my machine has an alphabet, I stitch out my own labels in no time. :D
Miss Fairchild said... (5/29/06 9:42 PM) Reply
What a great idea! You can also use a color for whether or not something needs to be handwashed.
Marniehau said... (10/8/05 10:25 PM) Reply
I use scraps of polar fleece left over from other projects to mark the back of tops and pants. It is nice and soft, so doesn't scratch in undies either.
AnneM said... (9/21/05 5:04 AM) Reply
I now use bias cut silk charmeuse (soft), which I make from some scraps. I like the idea of the rayon seam binding also.
Penny Carlson said... (9/17/05 8:06 PM) Reply
Great! This is what I've been doing on all sorts of bottoms, since my daughters were small. Works like a charm!
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