Ten Top Name Tape Tips
Is naming all your child’s belongings for school giving you a headache? Here are some top tips for naming you kids clothes, whether you like sewn in woven name tapes, iron on name tapes or stickers.
- Order name tapes early. The summer is the busiest time and they can take up to 4 weeks to manufacture.
- One really good idea is to order name tapes as soon as your child is born, that way they are in your sewing box when you need them - it will sneak up on you I promise.
- For a child who is going to an ordinary day school, about 70-80 woven nametapes will probably be enough for their whole school career, unless your child loses a lot of clothing. Remember that sewn in nametapes can be removed and re-used.
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- If your child is going to a boarding school you will need to order around 150, as you will need to name all their non-uniform clothes, socks, underwear, towels and bedding as well as school uniform and PE Kit.
- If you need to put a name tape into gloves or socks, apply it down the ribbing, not across. This allows the ribbing to stretch so that your child can still get their hand in! This applies whether you are sewing in or ironing on your nametape. However to be honest it is much easier with socks to write on them in waterproof pen if you can. I just use a Sharpie for sports socks.
- When trying to decide where to put a nametape, try to imagine where a busy teacher will look first. Usually it will be in the back of the neck for tops and coats or the back of the waistband for skirts and trousers. Hide the label on a hem or seam and it may not be found.
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- If your child has particularly sensitive skin and finds that a name tape rubs the back of their neck, you will have to sew it somewhere else. A good place is at the bottom of the front opening of shirts and coats. Remember to tell their teacher where the tape is sewn.
- Ideally name tapes should be sewn into clothing with thread the same colour as the nametape, so it is a good odea to buy a reel of white thread at the same time as you order your tapes.
- If you are using sew-in tapes, start sewing as soon as you buy the uniform, it’s much easier on your eyes and your fingers done a few at a time rather than finding you have dozens to sew on in the two days before the start of term!
- Woven sew-in name tapes are sold in multiples of 12. Iron-on tapes are sold in multiples of 10. Why you ask? Well, the equipment to make woven name tapes was designed many years ago in the days of imperial measurements. Iron-on name tapes are a more modern phenomenon and so machines are designed in metric!
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About the Author: Jacqui O'Brien is the Editor of eParenting.