Thanks guys. I have been advised not to write on labels as apparently they are cut off when they fall into someone else's hands!! So writing directly onto the material is the best way of getting the clothes back. DS has only just turned 4 so I am preparing myself for missing uniform a lot and I'd like the best chance of getting it back. Cost a bloody fortune!
I know, right? I was hoping for the clothes to last for DS2! This school is terrible for 'stolen' uniform. It's not strict on logo uniform, you can wear anything as long as its the colour, so some have cheaper plain uniform and some have more expensive logo uniform. I think there is 'uniform envy' because before you know it, the logo uniforms have been 'misplaced' and all labels have gone missing!
I know I sound like a snob, but I don't want my sons stuff stolen!
I always use sew in woven labels from ebay about £3 so not expensive. I sew all the way round all four sides and put two on each item, one near the label but never on it and one in a more unusual place like the seam inside leg or sleeve. Ok it takes a couple of hours but I have never lost an item that hasn't been returned (apart from a pair of brand new clarks shoes so now I write inside the shoes and use a hot knife to melt name into the sole as well)
Written on nearly always fades and smudges to an unreadable blob and you have to remember it is the children who need to be able to check they have their own clothes so it needs to be as clear as possible