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 designer label 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 designer label pillow:
Use any pillow pattern. (Here is a tutorial about making a pillow case without a 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 designer label 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.
Now you can look at your designer label pillow and smile knowing all your favorites are right next to you.
To see another way to use beaded trim, click over to my Beaded Window Valance post.