Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Guten Tag!

Hee hee - sorry for the play on words, but "Tag, you're it!" was already taken.  :D

If you follow the link above, you'll see that I've already written about my love of vintage clothes tags.  Here's an item that's mostly a thing of the past, and will continue to become more rare as time moves on.  So many companies are going "tagless" - it's less costly and also less itchy.  :D

I got myself in "trouble" last week by innocently searching keywords on Ebay.  C'mon, Ephemeraologists, 'fess up!  I know you do this too!  You're on Etsy or Ebay, and a word strikes you, so you have to see what's available - PLEASE don't tell me I'm the only one who does this!  Anyway, this particular day I wondered what was out there in the way of tags.  And once I started, I couldn't stop:

Aren't these fantastic?  Most are from one seller on Ebay but I did get a few of these on Etsy as well.  I love them all!  They do make me a tad melancholy when I'm reminded that at one time, in the not-so-distant past, clothes were actually manufactured in North America.  Imagine that!  Aside from American Apparel and some micro-companies, I can't think of a single place whose clothes are all made here in the US or Canada.   How sad.

Thankfully, someone had the wherewithal to hold onto these babies!  I love how diverse the tags are.  Those rooster ones stopped me in my tracks - I HAD to have them.  Thankfully, I was the only bidder (you mean other people aren't weird like me and collecting old clothes tags?!) so they were mine for a song.

Because I've exclaimed my love for these before, you may wonder WHY I'm so obsessed again.  Well, I got this idea, probably from overdosing on Pinterest (I know some of you know what I'm talking about!).  If I can collage with paper, why can't I collage with fabric?

"The Merrymakers" by Mel Kolstad

I made this with some of my old tags, some vintage iron-on transfers for embroidery patterns, and a rubber stamp "2", which I embroidered over.  :D  I'm not a sewer by any stretch of the imagination, so I used fusible webbing to attach the tags.  I also added a few lines of stitches to round it out.  It's being framed as we speak.  :D

I had a lot of fun creating this.  I bought those tags in the hope of doing more, in different colors and configurations.  I may even make a series out of it!   

How about you, my lovely readers?  Do you have any fabric tags laying around the house?  If so, I hope I've inspired you to use them in a different way!  And if you do create something with them, let me know!


  1. Oh, very nice, Mel! Cloth tags ad an extra element of one of my favorite things...texture!

    1. Thanks Kristi! Texture is great - and they're visually interesting, too! :D