We want to continue to share the progress in our new Sewing Lab at Coats & Clark. So far we have added a few accessories and now we are trying to get organized.
” A place for everything and everything in its place” is our goal, so we decided to add labels as reminders of where things go and where they should be returned to! We asked Rebecca Kemp Brent to digitize the font that is being used for our new website MakeItCoats.com. (We hope you have checked it out!) Rebecca then embroidered labels using the “make it” theme– Sew It, Cut It, Press It, Quilt It, etc. She wanted to embroider “Stuff It” for the batting and fiberfill, but we nixed that!
To create our labels, we used our fabric bonding sheet, Phoomph. This made it easy to mount the labels on fun fabrics and then adhere to boxes, bins and drawers in the lab. Here’s how we did it:
You will need:
Phoomph for Fabric, Stiff- 2 sheets will make 8 labels
Coats Polyester Embroidery Thread-1 spool to coordinate with fabric
White cotton fabric
Print coordinating fabrics- We used fabrics from FreeSpirit True Colors by Heather Bailey
1. Embroider labels*
2. Cut one sheet of Phoomph into quarters, 4 1/2″ x 6″. Cut each quarter in half- 2 1/4″ x 3″. Remove the paper backing from one side of each piece and adhere to the wrong side of a rectangle of fabric slightly larger than the phoomph. Trim the fabric to the same size as the piece of Phoomph using a rotary cutter for best results.
3. From the second sheet of Phoomph, cut eight 2″ x 3 1/2″ rectangles. Place the embroidered fabric embroidered side down on a flat surface. Remove the backing one side of the phoomph, center it over the embroidery and stick it to the embroidery. Trim the embroidery to the same size as the Phoomph rectangle using a rotary cutter for the best results.
Hint: When trimming the fabric, cutting away a thin sliver of the Phoomph at the same time will result in a smoother edge that will not ravel.
4. Remove the backing from the embroidered fabric, center the embroidery on the fabric covered Phoomph and stick it to the fabric.
5. To mount the label, remove the backing from the Phoomph on the back of the fabric and adhere to any surface.
We are thrilled with the results!
*Our embroidery was stitched using a computerized sewing and embroidery machine. Most of these machines have a built- in alphabet options. Labels could also be stitched using the alphabet letters on your sewing machine. Phoomph adhere’s to paper, so labels could be printed from your computer using the font of your choice and adhered to the fabric backing. We asked Rebecca for some tips for embroidering small letters and here is what she recommended:
Tips for Embroidering Small Letters
- Choose a font optimized for small letters. In general, the best fonts are simple, without serifs and decoration.
- Always stitch a sample or two to test the sewing attributes of the embroidered letters.
- Lowering the needle thread tension can help prevent pulling the bobbin thread to the embroidery right side.
- Lower the stitch density; in other words, adjust the design so there are fewer stitches per inch.
- Choose a fine thread; machine embroidery threads usually work well for lettering, but Dual Duty XP Fine can also be a good choice.
- Use a cut-away stabilizer under the embroidery, especially if the fabric is a knit or textured weave.
- Add a water-soluble topper over the fabric to keep the small letters from sinking into the fabric.
Our friends at Dritz sent us a generous care package of items for our Sewing lab for marking, pinning, pressing and more. They were also kind enough to send a basket of goodies for us to offer you. To win this basket, comment here and tell us your go-to sewing accessory or notion.
About the Author
Lynn is Director of Consumer Services with Coats & Clark.