my favorite part in my Etsy shopkeeping is the wrapping up of every sale (as though i haven't said it before). no package is exactly alike because i don't really have a standard packing procedure in place. i love to experiment and try new materials every now and then. i love to browse through crafting blogs for inspiration on how i can improve my own work. for me, packaging in itself is a craft worth learning and improving on.
so when Claire left a comment on my last post here, i followed the link to her lovely Heart Handmade blog and found this easy-peasy tutorial on how to make fabric tapes/stickers. i got excited! it was something that i can really use for my packages! do check out Claire's step-by-step instruction with beautiful photographs on her blog.
if you have a Xyron sticker machine (and wants instant gratification like me!), then this project is for you. if you don't, but you love fabric stickers, you can check out a few other tutorials from these wonderful blogs: Annekata, Simply Modern Mom, and The Red Thread. this is a great project to use the scraps from your favorite fabrics. i made these fabric tapes one evening while watching the telly. ^-^
i bought my Xyron 510 sticker machine from Ebay UK. it was used, so i got it for a fraction of its brand new price. the beauty of using this machine when making the fabric tapes is that i can make several strips at once. you would need to carefully feed the strips through, and slowly crank the handle on the side. and pronto, there are your tapes on the other end!
use a bone folder to rub the top layer of the tape to firmly secure the fabrics to the adhesive. then carefully lift off the top clear layer of your Xyron sticker and cut the tape strips individually.
roll your tapes to store until you need them. or as in my case, cut to small bits and squares and tape them to your new packages immediately! check out this tiny bit in action (photo courtesy of magpie and button, thanks!).
even my cat Tom approved! ^-^
thanks for dropping by, enjoy your new fabric tapes!
if you make fabric stickers using this fab tutorial from Claire, do add your photos to the Hearthandmade flickr group.