Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Wash Bags and Purses!

So this week Ive been hiding from the rain in my studio and have had fun making a couple of new product variations.
I have made coin purses before but I wanted to try using my shiny new woven brand labels, along with some gorgeous mustard/goldy coloured cotton lining fabric I bought recently!
I have made a couple of these little coin purses, which are a great size, I use mine for my change, cash and loyalty cards!

Today I started experimenting with large wash bags... I love a box style wash bag as it allows you to open it nice and wide to look at all your girly beautifying products inside!
I first made the faux leather wash bag below, and also included my name label, this time as a tab which you can use to help open the bag! I really love the look of this wash bag .. however I was winging the size and therefore made it a bit too high and a bit too short ...

Next I edited my paper patterns and added a bit there and took away a bit here and voila ... one very boxy, nice and big wash bag!

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Name Labels!

I have always loved the idea of using 'brand' labels in my pieces .. whether this be my brand name or logo or combo of both.
I recently started doing lots of research into labels and of course fell in love with woven sew-in tags.

Typically these are the most expensive type of labels...
I have started to have a play with a new logo idea and different colour combos and I haven't fully settled on an idea yet so therefore didn't want to commit to the 'minimum quantity of 300-500' most websites seemed to be offering for this type of 'designer woven label'.

I read a few blogs about making your own labels which I am going to have a go at soon ... all you need is an inkjet printer (with decent ink in it), printable fabric (such as  these PhotoFabric Cotton Twill Fabric Sheets  from amazon) and fray check.  Simply print, cut, fray check any raw edges and sew in.

A friend then told me that she'd recently bought school name tag style labels from for her cushions and said they looked great.
I went on the website she got them from to see if there was anything similar to what I was looking for. There are lots of different options on this site, They do a huge range of labels including iron-on, woven, satin and ribbons. Their site states 'Woven Labels UK are suppliers of custom woven clothing labels. We specialise in designer labels, woven name tapes, identification labels, craft labels, care labels and personalised woven celebration ribbon.'
They are UK based which again was something I was looking for as most of the more 'affordable' label manufactures seemed to be based abroad, which could mean I might be waiting a while for delivery, I also like the idea of having everything made in the UK for my brand.

After a look around their site I found that I really liked the look ... and price of their  crafters ' Wide Woven Labels' and although they aren't very customisable (you can't upload your own art work or fonts etc which you can with their designer labels... however these are minimum quantity 500 pieces)  you can pick out of 5 different fonts .. over 30 font colours and 18 label background colours, and include up to 3 lines of text (and also one of their 11 motifs).
I chose a white background for my label, and a 'cognac' colour for my text, which is a mustardy yellow. I love the online editor/ viewer of this label which makes it super easy to see exactly what your label is going to look like.
I selected their smallest quantity which was 30 labels for £14.99 to sample them before I bought a larger quantity.

They arrived in the post very quickly and I absolutely love them! I wasn't sure about how the 'cognac' colour might differ to the screen display but it came out spot on! A really lovely mustard/goldy yellow on a crisp white back ground.
The labels came as 3 strips of 10 which you cut up yourself (pinking shears would be best as they do seem to fray when cut)
I can't wait to use these labels in my products though they are a fab size and would look great inside a zipped purse or folded in half on the edge of a cushion or bag!