|Headless Helena Models My New Guild Name Tag|
|Pretty Boring Quilting, But It Gets the Job Done|
|First Binding Attempted, Rejected and Removed|
|The Magnet Magic!|
First, you need the magnet hardware. Many businesses use these magnetic name tags now (I first discovered the concept when my teenage son got a job at the grocery store). I looked locally at Michael's, JoAnn's, and Staples and nobody had them, but Amazon came to my rescue once again:
The magnet bars aren't expensive -- at the time of this post, you can get a 10-pack for $7.99 with Prime shipping. You can make yourself a different name tag for every season, or make some as gifts for your friends.
As you see above, the magnetic hardware consists of two pieces. There's a thin metal rectangle with smooth corners that has 3M adhesive foam on one side, and there's a thin rectangle plastic piece with smooth corners that has the two magnets attached. They do sell versions with three magnets instead of two, but my experience is that two magnets is plenty strong enough to get the job done. The metal bar is the part that gets permanently attached to the back side of your name tag, and the plastic bar with magnets attached is the piece that you snap in place on the underside of your clothing.
That 3M adhesive tape on the back of the metal bar is what you would use to adhere the metal bar to the back of a plastic or aluminum name tag, but I sliced it right off with an Exacto knife since I'm going to sew the metal bar into the back of my fabric name tag. A razor blade would work, too. You don't have to be fanatical about removing all of the foam, either, as long as you get rid of most of the bulk and all of the sticky glue.
I attached the metal bar to the back of the name tag with a tiny little sleeve, made the way you would make a hanging sleeve for a quilt show. I cut a rectangle out of my name tag backing fabric, folded it in half WST, and sewed along the two long raw edges. Then I centered that seam and pressed the little tube flat with my iron. I didn't measure this piece, just eyeballed it so it would finish close to the width of the metal bar, but with enough loose fabric at the edges for me to hand stitch it to the back of my name tag.
|Fabric Tube/Sleeve For Metal Bar|
I knew I wanted to position that metal bar about a third of the way down from the top of my name tag -- high enough that it didn't flop down when I was wearing it, but with that metal bar far away from where I would be machine stitching the binding. But I didn't want the metal bar to slide around inside the fabric casing, so I used my zipper foot to sew a triple straight stitch right up against both short ends of the magnet, trapping it in the center of the tube.
|Trapping the Metal Bar In the Center of the Fabric Tube|
Next, I positioned this little fabric tube horizontally across the back side of my name tag, trimmed the raw edges of the sleeve even with the edges of the name tag, and secured the short edges with machine stitching about 3/8" in from the raw edges, so the machine stitching would be concealed by my binding.
At this point, you could go ahead and stitch the long edges of the fabric tube down to the backing fabric by hand, but I chose to attach my binding to the front of my name tag first and then secure the long sides of my sleeve when I was hand stitching my binding to the back side of the name tag.
|Long Edges of Sleeve Secured by Hand Stitching|
Easy-peasy, but oh-so-snazzy! Now I have a name tag for the November guild meeting, which is tomorrow evening. I haven't decided whether I need to jazz my name tag up with any embellishments or if I prefer it plain and simple, the way it is, but at least it's done!
|To Bling Or Not To Bling, That Is the Question...|
I mean, I could still add some beads, or sequins, or French knots, or additional "big stitch" quilting by hand in a decorative thread... Heck, I could wire it up with a battery pack and blinking lights if I REALLY wanted to draw attention to myself (not!).
What's next on my sewing agenda? Well, I still need to load up that outreach cuddle quilt on my longarm machine and get it quilted. I'm running out the door for an appointment in a few minutes, but hopefully I'll get to that this evening. Anyway, that's my To-Do for Tuesday weekly goal.
|This Outreach Quilt Top is STILL Not Loaded for Quilting!|
Happy Tuesday and happy stitching! Today I'm linking up with:
· To-Do Tuesday at Stitch ALL the Things:
- Let’s Bee Social at
- · Midweek Makers at
- · WOW WIP on Wednesday at
- · Needle and Thread Thursday at
- · Finish It Up Friday at
- · Whoop Whoop Fridays at
- · Finished Or Not Friday at
- · TGIFF Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday at storiedquilts.com