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cantpooinpeace Fri 26-Aug-11 21:49:10

Iron on or stitch in school name labels - advice from MN Jury please smile

Primafacie Fri 26-Aug-11 21:50:49

Stick ons. Less faff.

ouryve Fri 26-Aug-11 21:51:30


Though I've got bored with that and now just scrawl the name on the existing labels with a sharpie.

2cats2many Fri 26-Aug-11 21:53:00

I've done iron ons.

Sandalwood Fri 26-Aug-11 21:53:21

Drama queen.

fedupofnamechanging Fri 26-Aug-11 21:53:57

I get a fabric pen and write names on the bottom of hems/inside cuffs. Anyone who steals school uniform is unlikely to look there and even if they do, they can't remove the name. Labels are removable.

mumatron Fri 26-Aug-11 21:54:15

sharpie on the labels here too.

life too short to sew in labels

Carrotsandcelery Fri 26-Aug-11 21:54:57

Laundry pen/sharpie.

You burn your fingers ironing on iron ons and they peel off the next day.

Sew ons are just too much faff.

Happymm Fri 26-Aug-11 21:55:19

Iron on often tend to fall off over time, and have to be redone, so don't save that much time IYSWIM?

YABACC Fri 26-Aug-11 21:56:16


It is the only time my iron apprears all year.

Helenagrace Fri 26-Aug-11 21:56:17

Labelling pen from Mothercare. Easy to do and doesn't wash off. Most clothes have space for names on the labels.

DDs school insists on sew in ones - such a pain.

mrsbones Fri 26-Aug-11 21:57:05

Write on with a laundry pen. If you have more than one child just use the surname and no dots after the name for 1st child one dot 2nd child etc. Saves a lot of work!

EndoplasmicReticulum Fri 26-Aug-11 21:57:30

I sew, so they don't fall off. It's more obvious than Sharpie on labels when boys are looking for their clothes, as well.

Am interested in karma's point about stealing uniform. Boy lost at least 2 school sweatshirts last year, with labels obviously sewn in.

Do people really steal uniform and remove the labels?

cantpooinpeace Fri 26-Aug-11 21:59:49

I never for a minute thought people might remove labels.....really??!!

Iam a first time school mum to be though confused.

EndoplasmicReticulum Fri 26-Aug-11 22:00:28

Good idea about the dots mrs bones - I bought labels with first name as well as surname for my boys who are only 1 school year apart, otherwise they end up going to school in The Wrong Trousers (husband gets them dressed in the mornings).

One day when we got home he said "I think son 1 is growing out of his trousers".

"Funny that, because son 2's look like they are dragging on the floor."


milkshakejake Fri 26-Aug-11 22:00:36

iron ons fall off after a few washes, but when I'm in a hurry I use them anyway, knowing that I'll have to sew one in at some point. I like the traditional name tapes so I do sew them in while watching TV - a few each night. Wish I'd realised that it would be much cheaper and easier to just get labels with our surname on, rather than three different labels, one for each child's name. Esp. when handing things down... oh well.

Bluebell99 Fri 26-Aug-11 22:02:28

i use these fab clip on pins, really fab, takes seconds to label an item. I got mine from

TrillianAstra Fri 26-Aug-11 22:05:01

YABU because you have not asked an "Am I Being Unreasonable?" question

WhereYouLeftIt Fri 26-Aug-11 22:05:55

Stitch-in labels. Because then I can remove the labels when the clothes are outgrown and passed on.

And items I consider 'at risk' - PE kit, coats - get an obvious label at the back of the neck, and a less obvious at a hem/inside sleeve/inside pocket/on side-seam.

cantpooinpeace Fri 26-Aug-11 22:07:31

Astra I figured you could put that bit in yourself smile

Hulababy Fri 26-Aug-11 22:08:48

I have the little press stud type things to attach labels. Takes seconds to attach to the clothe's label inside, doesn't come off in wash and lasts all year.

Valpollicella Fri 26-Aug-11 22:09:35

Sew on <semi lone voice in the iron on crowd>

Iron ons fall out and pens bleed into the material, or fade eventually

cantpooinpeace Fri 26-Aug-11 22:11:23

It takes a special person to chose the sew in option it seems Val smile

foolishthings Fri 26-Aug-11 22:12:18

This is pathetic. Don't you hand-
embroider the name on. Standards are slipping!

StealthPolarBear Fri 26-Aug-11 22:13:03

I'm sewing, part of the effort to convince myself I am a good mum. hat's if I ever get round to it. If I wake up 2 days before, I will buy some of those pin things!

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