1. Brenda

    When you are upcycling multiple items into one garment is it OK to list the various fibers and state “percentages unknown”?

  2. I think that’s OK Brenda, based upon the FTC examples above. (I reformatted the post with proper spacing – the examples were not spaced correctly before and probably not clear)

    The spirit of these laws to is avoid anti-competitive practices so consumers can make informed decisions. In other words, it’s to prevent lies and false claims like the bamboo scandal currently going on. (in most cases it’s not lying as much as propagating a false myth)

    When it comes to labeling for fiber content, we should say what we know, and admit what we don’t know. 🙂 That’s going to be my rule of thumb.

  3. Thanks again for an informative post. I like the idea of upcycling clothing. It also appeals more to me since my strength isn’t with sewing the clothes but with redesigning and embellishing (at least in my head it is 🙂

    So what’s the bamboo thing?


    • The bamboo thing is about how the FTC is slapping the hands of big retailers for false marketing claims about bamboo fabrics. It is NOT eco-friendly, it is NOT anti-bacterial, and it is NOT biodegradable. I’m drafting a post on rayon, so I’ll talk more about it this coming week

  4. Brenda

    But, gee. Bamboo grows so darn fast. (Really, don’t even get me started on this subject.) 8:-)

  5. Very informative post. These regulations look as complicated as those from the Patent Office! I have been scheming and stashing thrift store woolens that I’ve felted and intend to make into purses or totes. I am wondering how/whether these regs apply to accessories too. Your links will be useful!

    • Accessories like purses are excluded from the FTC regs. I recently looked that up for another blog commenter. But we also agree that a pretty label inside a purse goes a long way for marketing yourself more professionally.

      (I’m also building a stash of sweater woolens – finding great ones now that the weather is warming up and others are turned off my scratchy woolens)

    • Hi Arisu,
      I’m not sure which bear label you are referring to? But for making fabric labels I have used 100% cotton muslin, cotton jersey, and also silk habatoi. All of them work in my computer printer.

      I have also used polyester grossgrain ribbon, and used printable iron-on transfers to make labels. I think that’s what I did for teddy bears I have made. These iron-on labels are fine for items that don’t get washed, like bears. But the writing comes off in the laundry so I don’t use those for clothing anymore.

  6. I want to know how to label, a reclaim pair of jeans or clothing item, that I want to refresh with new dyes, and embellish them myself. Do I leave the manufacturers labels in it or do I take out the designer label out and replace it as reclaimed/embelished by label= how would I go about this labeling?

  7. Winterpoet – you can do it either way, just as long as customers have access to the info they need. But for the sake of branding your designs, it’s better for you to include a nice label of your own. That way, every time the customer puts on your item, they are reminded of you and more likely to come back for more!

  8. Maggie

    Thanks for this great post! I have been trying to figure out a good way to tag clothing made from upcycled items and you have explained this in a clear and succinct manner.

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