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Monday, July 6, 2009

Sweet Liberty Needs a Label - HELP!

Those of you who are regular readers here at Hooked On Needles know about the Sweet Liberty Crocheted Afghan that I recently finished and that will be donated to an upcoming fund raising event. Quite a few of you are veteran crocheters and knitters, and some of you newbies are moving along so quickly that you will very soon be considered old hands at these as well.

Now I must ask for some help and advice from you. I would very much like to attach a label to this afghan so that the person who wins it will always remember the reason it was made. I am still brewing ideas for wording in my head, but I am a bit stumped as to how exactly to make the label and attach it to the afghan so that it will look nice and wash well and remain part of the afghan for a good long time.

Sweet Liberty needs a label - HELP!
I have never put a label on a knitted or crocheted piece of any kind, and I am thinking I could just make one much like a label for a quilt and hand sew it on the back in one of the lower corners. But since I have never done it, I am quite hesitant to try it on this afghan, just in case it doesn't work.

So what do you think about labeling a crocheted afghan? Have you ever done it before? If so, how did you do it? How did you attach the label? Did it last a long time, through use and washings and so forth? Any help, advice, pointers or words of wisdom would be greatly appreciated.

Happy Stitching!

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  • most definitely use something like a quilt label...perhaps on a white piece of muslin...either printed on your printer or handwritted in permanent ink...you could sew it on using a nice blanket stitch or fold under the raw edges of the label as you're sewing using some sort of whip stitch...when i sewed the linings in a couple of crochet bags? i simply caught most of the yarn with my sewing needle for each stitch - secure yet doesn't show through on the other side...again, beautiful afghan! ☺

    By Blogger Purple and Paisley, At July 6, 2009 at 4:19 PM  

  • Hmmm, what if you made a small knitted block and on that block added the label such as Terri said, but sew the square on the afghan, so it will stretch with the blanket? Does that make sense?

    By Blogger Jane's Fabrics and Quilts, At July 6, 2009 at 5:51 PM  

  • I put labels on every afghan I crochet. I buy the fabric labels that are embroidered with what I want them to say. I just recently ordered 250 labels seeing as I ran out of the ones I was using. My old ones used to say "Crocheted For You By Gina Koston." My new ones look exactly like the image at the top of my blog: http://luv2crochetafghans.blogspot.com/
    And I had them made in the same color as pictured. I hand sew the labels onto a corner on the back of each afghan. I've used my sewing machine for some, but usually the afghans are too thick to get under the foot on my sewing machine. The fabric / embroidered labels last forever...wash after wash. However, it sounds to me like you're mainly just wanting a label to put on your afghan so people will know the purpose of the afghan. In that case, if you know someone who can (or if you can do it yourself), just use a piece of fabric to machine embroider onto it what you'd like to say about the afghan. You could use fabric in a coordinating color so it doesn't "clash" with the afghan itself. Unfortunately, most companies have a minimum required amount of labels to be ordered when having them made like mine are. (The 250 labels I ordered was the minimum I could order custom labels...I think they'll last me the rest of my life! LOL!).

    By Blogger Gina K, At July 8, 2009 at 2:31 PM  

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