I have the worst hand writing, it is generally really big and untidy. When I go to work shops I hate having to write my name on a tag or sticky label. This I find is much better my very own embroidered name badge.
I also hate sticking safety pins in my clothes(along with untidy writing I'm a little bit anal).
You will need.
4 - 1" X 3" pieces for outer edge of badge
1 - 1 1/2" X 2 1/2" actual size.(white fabric) I started with a piece of fabric larger than this and cut it down.
1 - 2 1/2" X 3 1/2" Weaveline or similar
1 - 3 1/2" X 2 1/2" Pellon
1 - 3 1/2" X 2 1/2" for the back
Magnetic clasp or a safety pin.
All seams are 1/4"
Please read all instructions before starting.
I used excel on my computer to create a 1 1/2" X 2 1/2" cell then played with fonts and sizes to fit centrally within the cell.
Using a light box or window trace the square and name onto your white fabric with a pigma pen.
Iron weaveline to the back of your fabric.
Trim to size.
Sew one 1" X 3" strip to top(long edge) and one to the bottom - iron with seam allowance away from name section.
Due to a technical problem Lorraine has now become Judith.
Sew one 1"X 3" strip to the side and the last one to the other side.
Iron pellon piece to the back of this section.
With right sides together sew front to backing piece.
Leave a opening on one side for turning and if you are using a magnetic clasp this is where you will put it inside your badge.
Clip the corners and turn inside out. I use the end of a knitting needle to pock out the corners.
This is the magnetic clasp I used. I like them as they don't put holes in your clothes. I have a name badge for work with a clasp like this. They only cost about $3.00 and I got mine from a place that makes name badges. If you live in Adelaide I bought mine from Evright.com pty ltd in Gouger Street.
It comes in 2 parts one piece goes inside the badge the other is a magnet which holds the badge on even through a few layers of clothing.Separate the two pieces.
Peel off the sticky backing and carefully slide through turning hole with the sticky side facing the pellon. This is a little tricky as you want it to be in the middle of your badge. It fits just behind the white fabric.
Slip stitch the opening closed.
I then did a running stitch(through all layers) around the white fabric extending up to the edges.
This is the back of the badge with the magnet attached.
If you are not using a magnetic clasp you can sew a safety pin to the back.
If you are completely mad you can make one for every one attending a workshop.
More about the workshop soon.