Making Hangtags

I always have trouble the day before a show with hangtag quandaries.  Part of me wants to invest in fancy professionally printed beauties, and the other part of me loves the handmade look.  I keep hearing that you have to spend money to make money, and a high quality hangtag will make your garment sell for more money, but in the end, handmade always wins out for me.

So, today, on the kids first official day of summer vacation (!), we set up an assembly line of hangtag making and killed two birds with one stone.  This was a pretty good way to get business done, have a fun craft project, and kill some time.

Here’s our process:

1. cut up manilla file folders into smallish rectangles – no measuring required.

2.

Ryland was in charge of cutting the black satin ribbon into equal lengths.

Ryland was in charge of cutting the black satin ribbon into equal lengths.

3.

Declan punched the hole in the top of each tag.

Declan punched the hole in the top of each tag.

4.

Holt puched these sweet old stickers out and pasted them down to each tag.  These stickers, by the way, came from my grandfather's attic, and are probably 50 years old.  He used to work in the factory that made this sort of paper product.  I'll be so sad when the run out.  The price tag on the front says the whole book of stamps cost 15 cents.

Holt punched these sweet old stickers out and pasted them down to each tag. These stickers, by the way, came from my grandfather's attic, and are probably 60 years old. He used to work in the factory that made this sort of paper product. I'll be so sad when they run out. The price tag on the front says the whole book of stamps cost 15 cents.

5.

I used these cool letter stamps that Jeff gave me for christmas to stamp out HA (hazel anne).  And yes, I do know that the initials spell "ha!", but I thought it would be too much to stamp out "hazel anne" 50 times.  I don't know...

I used these cool letter stamps that Jeff gave me for christmas to stamp out HA (hazel anne). And yes, I do know that the initials spell "ha!", but I thought it would be too much to stamp out "hazel anne" 50 times. I don't know...

and here they are all done:

6.

Simple, but sweet.  I know it's just a hangtag to tell you how much stuff costs, but I really like how these turned out!

Simple, but sweet. I know it's just a hangtag to tell you how much stuff costs, but I really like how these turned out!

And here’s what I did last night:

A few weeks ago I spent hours sanding down the top of this garment rack to get the old logo off of it, then I painted it apple green, and last night I drew the outline of my logo (after enlarging it on the copy machine and tracing it), onto the rack, and going over it with a paint pen.

A few weeks ago I spent hours sanding down the top of this garment rack to get the old logo off of it, then I painted it apple green, and last night I drew the outline of my logo (after enlarging it on the copy machine and tracing it), onto the rack, and going over it with a paint pen.

So, now check out my next post to see where all this fun stuff will debut!

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