Saturday, September 19, 2009

Tutorial- Love to Label

It's good to label your products. Technically, you have to label your products. And on top of all the marketing, paperwork, bookkeeping and shop updating you already do, labeling can feel like that proverbial straw that does you in. Thankfully, there's some great advice from folks who've been there and done that pretty well in the Etsy Forums. And if you look hard enough, you can actually find some really generous sellers with good links and useful tips to make the process a little less daunting.

The following is from Etsy seller Barking Dog Designs Flickr album...

The top woven label was ordered from Everest Label.

The type on the bottom cloth label was typeset with InDesign, but any word processing or page layout program would work as well. The "Do Not Wash" symbol was drawn in Illustrator and imported. The label was printed on my inkjet printer using June Tailor Colorfast Sew-In Inkjet Fabric Sheets. The sheets are made of white woven cloth and are available at JoAnn's in a 10-pack.

The content label measures 1" wide x 2-13/16" long. When folded, the label measures 1" wide x about 1-7/16" long. There is 1/4" allowance at the top and bottom for sewing into the seam. After the label has been sewn into the seam, the visible portion is only about 1-1/8" long (about the size of a quarter). The labels are easily cut apart with a straightedge and a rotary cutter.

The RN (Registered Identification Number), obtained free of charge from the Federal Trade Commission, takes the place of the company name and address to conserve space. The number below the RN is my Stuffed Toy License registration number which is required to sell stuffed toys in the states of Pennsylvania and Ohio. The month and year change according to the production date of the finished items.


shellydaly said...

Great for you fabric artists...I would also love to hear how other jewelry artists add their name to their work. I've tried different things, metal tags, engraved signature...just not right yet!

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greenstarstudio said...

Shannon-- thanks so much for this post; I'm still trying to decide how exactly to proceed with all this labeling stuff. Goodness knows, we Fibers for Kids type artists have had our hands full this past year. Im sure this article helped a LOT of people. Now to make new labels.... sigh.