Friday, November 29, 2013

I Made It! Using Tags & Labels To Show Your Handmade Pride

Do you sign your handmade items?  I don't mean actually sign them, but adding a label or tag to show it was made by hand.  If you put in effort, time & love, to make something, doesn't it deserves to get a shout out when finished?  Here are a bunch of great ways to share that handmade pride:

Go the twill tape label route.  These Zakka and Sweet Heart styles have multiple designs by the yard:

They can be used to tie up a handmade gift or cut apart to make separate labels like this:

Embellish It.  These Wooden Handmade tags come in a 10 piece assortment (I'd already used two on projects by the time I took this).  I like that you can just glue them in place or use the holes to stitch them on.  

I stitched one onto my favorite bag (from my original free Off To Market pattern).  Even though it's been 2 years since I made it, I still hear compliments on it when I'm carrying it, so it feels good being able to add a handmade tag for a little extra polish.  

And there's the added bonus that the bird version was a perfect match to the fabric design:

Sassy Stitched Labels.  If you're feeling more cheeky, these fabulous labels from Sublime Stitching express the true sentiment behind some of those more pain-in-the-backside projects:

Metal Accents.  Go all sleek with some metal handmade tags & zipper pulls for a more upmarket finish:

There are even functional ways to add the handmade message, like this handmade snap fastener:

The custom label route is always an option too, but it can get pretty expensive per piece or require a lot bigger quantities than these options.  In my personal crafting I like to use different labels on a pair of kid's pajamas than I would on a swanky handbag or a gift to a sassy friend, so it's nice to have a lot of options that are budget friendly so I can keep a bunch of styles in my stash.

An artist wouldn't leave a painting unsigned to get lumped in with machine made prints, so why shouldn't a crafter add a little handmade flourish too?

I was not financially compensated for this post.  The opinions are completely my own based on my experiences.   I selected several items from my Sponsor, Wholeport, to review and am also sharing information on products from other sources I happen to like.  For my complete disclosure policy, click here. 


  1. Wow, I want some, nice idea having them attached to your project looks so nice it's emphasize your sewing skill at all, it just like shouting "this is made with my barely hand, and I am proud of it. Another thing it adds value and details too.

  2. ha! I like the "this took forever" label..


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