Sunday, March 29, 2009

Pantry Project #5, Chalk Cloth tags and labels

These simple Chalk Cloth tags and labels can be used all over the house, I need these for the pantry/laundry room to get that place organized once and for all.

Stuff you need:

Chalk Cloth Fat Quarter
Oilcloth Fat Quarter Four Pack or a Oilcloth Charm Pack
spool of ribbon
ink pin and white pencil
vase or template for oval shape
Fray Check

step 1. Find a shape, you could use a template if you have on but I always use what I have laying around. While I was looking around the house for an oval shape and I got lucky! What is so great about it is that the top is bigger than the bottom. How perfect is that? (Thanks Janet, your gifts keep giving!)

Don't have that kind of luck? No problem, find your shape and increase or decrease it on the printer. Easy-peasy!

step 2. Cut your large ovals out of oilcloth and your small ovals out of the chalk cloth.

step 3. Cut your ribbon into 20" strips. Fold the ribbon in half and place it in the center of the tag and sandwich them in-between the two layers. Use cloths pins to pin the tag. Make sure your ribbon in a V shape, this will help you tie your label later. Don't forget to use some fray check on the ends of the ribbon to keep them tidy.

step 4. Set your needle to the left so you can edge stitch the chalk cloth on to the oilcloth. Slowly sew around the chalk cloth tag.

step 5. Make a few without the ties and you can hot glue them onto all sorts of things.

Oh, these are fun. You are going to love making them, they are so quick and easy. Leave me a comment tell me what you would use at set for. The first 10 people will receive a free scrap pack with enough oilcloth and chalk cloth to make a few.

Don't like the oval shape change it up with what ya got!

18 comments: said...

Oh what a great idea, I love it! I'll be linking.

Jules said...

I would use them to label the toy bins. If only they had magical powers to make the kiddos put the correct toys into said bins!

Dawn said...

I love your site and have read it for weeks now so many ideas, thank you.

Anonymous said...

All the kids have left home and I finally have room for my "crafty quilty" room. What a fun idea to get me organized!!

diana said...

AWSOME!! reminds me of my grandmother and the way she would label the cheese on her trays for the holidays!!! she would love these...reusable!!
another great one!!!

lesliesews said...

I just found your blog through Sew Mama Sew. Incredible! This opens up a whole new world of crafting.

Emily said...

I can't wait to try this, thanks!

Kristina R. said...

This is a great idea. I am always trying to get more organized and this just might do the trick.

Jill said...

Oooh! I love these! I would organize my pantry with them!

Kris said...

Great idea. I love these tags. I could see several uses for them around the house.

Have a happy day


Randi~Dukes and Duchesses said...

I love those tags - thanks for the great tutorial!

Anne said...

This is so cool!!! I'm thinking that this would provide hours of entertainment for my daughter. Write on it, tie it on something, wipe it off, do it all again. I posted a link on Craft Gossip Sewing Blog:

Kelly McCants said...

Thank you all for your support! I can't wait to send you your kits.

If you didn't get and email from me could you contact me with your address at

I have them ready to go, I can't wait for you all to have them.

thanks bunches!!!

Anonymous said...

This is such a brilliant idea! I think I'd use something like this to label my childrens' drawers with pictures rather than words :)

Where do you get chalk cloth? I'm in the UK and had a quick look around UK-based fabric sites but I'm not finding any.

Kelly McCants said...

Vonnie, I do send small rolls over seas! send me an email via Etsy and I will hook you up!

katie jean said...

you measure your shapes just like I do, find a dish! I love the scalloped ones. That is something that I haven't tried before. Thanks for the great ideas!

Dawn said...

Mine arrived FAB, FAB, FAB thank you I'm going to use it to make labels for my daughters room. How much can I order from your ETSY shop to post overseas? thanks Dawn

Cindy @ Creating at Home said...


I was thinking about re-upholstering my hair salon chairs with oil cloth. Do you think it would be durable enough and do-able? Have you ever upholstered anything with it?

I came across your blog by googling oil cloth. You've got some really neat projects here!