Ten Top Name Tape Tips

If naming your child’s belongings for school gives you a headache, here are some top naming tips.

  1. Order name tapes early. The summer is the busiest time and they can take up to 4 weeks to manufacture.
  2. One idea is to order them as soon as a child is born, that way they are in your sewing box when you need them.
  3. For a child who is going to an ordinary day school, about 70-80 tapes will probably be enough, unless your child loses a lot of clothing.
  4. If your child is going to a boarding school order around 150, as you will need to name all their non-uniform clothes, socks, underwear, towels and bedding as well.
  5. If you need to put a tape into gloves or socks, apply it down the ribbing, not across. This allows the ribbing to stretch and applies whether you are sewing in or ironing on.
  6. When trying to decide where to put a tape, 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.
  7. 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. Tell their teacher where the tape is sewn.
  8. Name tapes should be sewn in with thread the same colour as the tape, so buy a reel at the same time as you order your tapes.
  9. 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.
  10. 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!

About the Author: Jacqui O'Brien is the Editor of eParenting.

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