My son is headed off to preschool next week. We did preschool co-op preschool last year, and he loved it. This year we added another family member, and then we’ve been kind of homebodies most of the summer because of nap schedules and three kids. Changes and then no changes make separation a little hard for my son. I made a couple of new tees for my son for the new preschool year, and I decided to add a little tag to his new shirts and old shirts. I used some custom iron-on woven tags from the Dutch Label Shop to create “encouragement tags” to give some inspiration to my son when we are apart.


Sewing for the Boy: Encouragement Tags

I got some “encouragement tags” that say “STRONG” with a mountain and some that say “BRAVE” with a star. Since they are iron-on, I ironed them right onto the bottom left part of his hem of every shirt. I told him he can reach down and feel the encouragement tag every time he needs bravery or strength. It will make him remember how brave and strong he is every time he needs it.

Sewing for the Boy: Encouragement Tags

I got this idea from Dana from Sew Thrifty when she made some inspiring clothing labels on her DIY maternity clothing. I love her idea! I’m glad I was able to use it to inspire my son. I know he’ll be just great, and he’ll love preschool. I just want to give him any encouragement I can.

Sewing for the Boy: Encouragement Tags

I already sew in tags that say “Made with love by Mama” to all the kids clothing I make. I got some handmade ones from Etsy, and I’m still trying to use them up. That’s another reason I chose inspiring tags instead of “Mama Made” tags. I love these woven tags. They are really high quality, and I was amazed at how well they iron-in. I fell like most iron-on things really don’t iron on well, but these actually do. I even have a cheap iron, and they were easy to apply and iron. I don’t feel like they’ll be coming off anytime soon. And I still have plenty to iron into jackets and any new clothing he’ll get.

Sewing for the Boy: Encouragement Tags


*I was offered tags in exchange for a review. All opinions are mine.

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Author: Heather Handmade

I'm a seamstress and mother. I sew, blog, thrift, upcycle, design fabric, and teach sewing classes. I'm also a self-proclaimed fabric fondler.

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2 thoughts on “Sewing for the Boy: Encouragement Tags

  1. I love this so much! That is incredibly sweet. You're such a good mama! I hope you don't mind me "stealing" this idea for my own boy!

    Posted on September 20, 2016 at 7:44 pm
  2. I love this idea of tags. My kids would love it. And especially when they have a test or something happening at school. Kinda like putting a little piece of armor on each kid as they walk out the door to school. Thanks for sharing a great idea.

    Posted on September 8, 2016 at 10:56 pm