Until recently I had no idea how much prep went into starting school (buying uniforms, backpack, school supplies, lunch and afternoon tea prep to name a few. I thought I had everything under control until I read the kindergarten manual again the other day. I completely forgot that I have to label all those uniforms, backpack, school supplies and lunch tupperware! After searching the internet for a company that makes cute and affordable clothing name tags I gave up. The cute ones were way too expensive (over $30 shipped) and the cheap ones were just that, cheap. So I came up with a very inexpensive and easy alternative. I made my own! For more photos and directions on how to make your own clothing name tags, click below.
I had some left over printable iron on transfer paper for fabric from the advent calendar bags I made for Christmas, so this was a really affordable project. I had everything already on hand. To make your name tags you'll need:
- Printable iron on transfer paper for fabric (I've found the best prices on eBay and Amazon)
- Cotton ribbon
Step 1: Design your labels. I used Microsoft Word label wizard (return address size). You can get about 80 labels on one sheet.
Step 2: Following the directions on the transfer paper, print your labels. MAKE SURE YOU PRINT MIRROR IMAGE.
Step 3: Cut out your labels and iron them onto your ribbon. You may need to apply a lot of pressure to insure the ink completely transfers. Once the ribbon is cool, cut out your labels.
Step 4: Either hand or machine sew your labels onto your little one's clothes.
The transfers hold up really well in the wash and won't fade or wash off.