One of the important things you’re going to need when you decide to start selling your sewn items is labels. Apart from the fun of choosing a cute label with your business name you’ll also need to do some research into what is expected of you from a legal point of view.
Each country requires different information, but generally you’ll need to list fiber content and care instructions, with some needing country of manufacture as well. Here are a few of the labels I use here in Australia. All of the women’s clothing I make is either cotton or polyester cotton blend so I decide between the two content labels on the left. The ones on the right are for soft furnishings and include information about what fabrics they should be used for.
Because some of the fabric I use is from vintage sheets I created my own swing tags with special instructions for washing and care. (I couldn’t find any pre-printed ones so I drafted my own wording.) These are attached, along with the size and price swing tags, into the size label on the garment with a tagging gun (try this one – June Tailor Quilt Basting Gun).
You’ll need to research in your own country for what is needed so here’s a few places to look.
- http://www.tfia.com.au/labelling (Australia)
- https://www.productsafety.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/971636/fromItemId/971633 (Australia)
- http://www.business.ftc.gov/documents/bus21-threading-your-way-through-labeling-requirements-under-textile-and-wool-acts#place (USA)
- http://www.legallabel.com/ (USA)
- http://www.toyassociation.org/TIA/Priorities_Policy/safety/Priorities___Policy/Industry_Priorities/Product_Safety/Stuffed_Toys_Licensing.aspx#.U3Gn3vmSwlI (USA)
- https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/211242/12-922-textile-labelling-regulations-guidance.pdf (UK)
- http://www.conformance.co.uk/adirectives/doku.php?id=handmadetoys (UK)
Attaching your labels can be done in a few ways and will be determined by your personal preference. The label on the left below has been stitched on flat top and bottom, catching the care and size labels (hiding underneath) to hang out below. The label on the right has been inserted into the waist casing with a size label beside. Some manufacturers prefer to have the content and care labels sewn into the right side seam near the hem. This may be something specific to your country so it’s best to check.
Learning about the correct labeling is the responsibility of anyone selling handmade items and there are penalties in each country for not complying.
Tomorrow I’ll be sharing some Etsy sellers who sell custom made labels for you to use in your handmade items. See it here.