Knitting labels are a wonderful way of adding a personal touch to a make.
Whether you've carefully crafted a super-soft baby blanket for a new arrival or made a thoughtful gift for a friend's house-warming event, they are simple yet effective.
And the best news is that they allow you to get creative while remaining really easy to make.
To get started, you will need the following materials:
- Transfer artist's paper
- Computer and printer
- Sewing needle and thread
- Scrap fabric (we've used a lightweight hessian)
Below, we reveal how to make knitting labels in just 7 easy-to-follow steps in around five minutes.
1. Type out the text on your computer and reverse the image, so that it looks like you are looking at it through a mirror. If done correctly, all the text will read backwards.
2. Print your reverse text onto the white side of the transfer artist's paper (one side is plain while the other has yellow flecks).
3. Cut around the text and place the image face down onto your chosen fabric. Place a hot iron over the paper until it starts to peel away at the edges (it takes about 20 seconds).
4. When it's ready, the paper will peel away easily, leaving the design imprinted on your fabric. If the paper isn't budging, take the iron to it for a few more seconds and try again. You need to do it while it's still fairly hot, so be careful!
5. Allow to cool and cut around the design to form your chosen shape for the label.
6. Sew in place on your knitting. All done!
The paper works on lots of other things, not just knitting pieces. It could be used to add detail to T-shirts and gift bags among many other items.