If you love to re-purpose then this is one way you can re-use the labels in your clothing.
I almost always take the labels off my clothing because the tags itch and become annoying. I carefully remove them with a seam ripper. I place them in an envelope until I get enough to make something. In this case I made this small 8″ x 10″ decorative pillow and accented it with beaded trim. Depending on how many labels you have collected you could make a much bigger pillow. I am trying to save enough to make a throw blanket to toss across my sofa so that I can snuggle in style, but I am getting impatient. I want it now, and may just start taking the labels out of everything, including my husband’s and daughter’s clothes.
To create the pillow:
Use any pillow pattern. Before sewing the two pieces of fabric together to create the pillow, stitch the logos onto the right side of the fabric. I used Wonder Under on each label for placement purposes, then stitched the sides down on each label. I would leave a larger space/border between the labels and the seam the next time I make the pillow, so that the labels along the edges lay flatter.
To create the beaded trim:
I measured the perimeter of the pillow and cut a piece of fishing line (Streen) or clear nylon thread a little longer than that measurement so that I had some extra for securing the beads on each end with a knot and for finishing the ends.
I knotted one end and simply strung a variety of pearls, silver and glass beads onto the fishing line. When I reached the desired length I knotted the other end
Starting at one corner of the finished pillow, I hand-sewed the beads onto the edge of the pillow using the “blanket stitch” I learned when I was a Girl Scout, it is a pretty basic stitch and whenever I use it, it reminds me of making sit-up-ons to use when I went to GS camp. Leave enough of the fishing line after the knot to push through a few beads on the other end, and then snip the excess fishing line so you won’t have any showing or poking out. Repeat on the opposite end.
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