BACK TO SCHOOL – Marking kids clothing


It scared me to death – I kid you not , when I had the unlucky chore of having to visit the LOST AND FOUND room at our school. Its actually a tour every parent should make because there are thousands and thousands of your Rands sitting in there.

Its hammered into our heads every year at the start of the year and yet there was shirt after shirt with no name, there was  school shoes after school shoe with no name , jerseys , lunchboxes (Pick n Pay has nothing on the kind of stock that room ) #shocking.There baskets of winter beanies , gloves and scarves.Pencil-cases!!! The list goes on.

I wont tolerate the loss or theft of any of our property and make sure our little man knows this.Hence the trip – one new fleece glove (his name was on it) went missing after 2nd break , the teacher said one moment he had it the next it was gone.Sherlock-mom was on the case and we looked, he went from class to class asking if anyone had seen it.I then went to the Lost and Found with him afterschool.We circled the whole school and made a 360 upon getting close to the gate there it was lying on the floor we had just past not 10 minutes prior (I can only imagine someone heard me tell the teacher I was on the hunt for it and wouldn’t stop looking for it)needless to say there was a happy ending but I’ll never forget the room.

Uniformed kids look all the same no not always an easy thing to identify your uniform from the next kid, especially during swimming or PE and uniforms cost a bucket load so they really need to be taught to look after them.So you really need to think out the box as to how your kid is going to distinguish not just by his name on the label but an additional something else.

This is what I did to his School Jersey.


If you look carefully you will see I only started where the cuff begins.This is simply if you turn the cuff over (usually this is done because the sleeves are a little long) you wont see the stitching.




You going to need the following:

  • Embroidery Thread – your choice of colour.I went with this Bright Neon Yellow.
  • Embroidery Needle
  • Scissors


I tried a normal sewing in and out but that didn’t work.In the end the easy blanket stitch was the best one yet.If you not familiar with this stitch here is a quick and easy tutorial I came across.

This method of marking is also useful for sports clothing , or normal clothing.

What do you do besides the usually markings on clothing and items?




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