diy screen printed tags

I have always wanted my handmade items to showcase a tag of my brand.  I had embroidered tags sewn to the lining of purses, sure, but I also wanted something that could be showcased  outside each purse. This was a goal that took a long time to come to fruition, alas. This was due to several factors, including:

1. I didn’t want the tag to show the brand name, THIMBLECAP. That’s just a tad too long for a purse.

2. I wanted the tag on cotton. No company in our city offers tag embroidery on cotton ribbon or similar material.

3. Embroidered tags cost a pretty penny.

4. We asked a printer friend how much they’d charge for printing logo tags for us. They never gave us a number and we got tired making inquiries.

So we went the DIY route:

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from doodles to purses

Once we started printing our own fabric designs for purses and bags, we realized that there is no going back. The process has streamlined production and gave me an excuse to make something functional out of my illustrations.

I started with the upper left doodles below. At some point, I realized that it would help to have a size guide since we were going to sew purses in only three types: clutch bag size, pencil case, and coin purse. All three sizes can easily be accommodated with one pattern design filling an 8.5×11″ paper. So all subsequent pattern illustrations I made were done on short bond paper. Talk about convenient!

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it was a good weekend

I have been quite apprehensive about joining bazaars early this year due to several factors. One was the fact that I wanted to take a leap from hand stamped to screen printed purses but taking time to produce the new items proved difficult. But everything finally came together towards the end of April. The first two weeks of May saw a shift and refocus in our studio efforts. And we were rewarded with handmade items that embodied everything Thimblecap: whimsical yet practical, screaming stinkin’ cute but subtly showcased in Earth colors.

And last weekend, we were able to launch the new screen printed purses at the Art Market of the Behance Portfolio Review Cebu.

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