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How to Label Socks

Socks are one of the important items to label, not only for school uniforms but also for rest homes. This helps avoid lost property and is also good for hygienic reasons as it is better sweaty dirty socks aren't accidently shared! Children especially are taking their socks and shoes off for different activities and it is easy for items to get mixed up and misplaced.


Some people might not think labeling socks is worth it and prefer to buy replacement socks! Crazy – read how easy it is with our Name It iron on labels and you’ll save effort, time and money! Remember, socks are often BLACK and so using a marker or laundry pen won't work. Our labels have the white background with black font, so each name can easily be identified on the sock.

Labeling socks with Name It – Iron on Labels

All types of socks can be labelled eg woollen socks, cotton sports socks, polyester dress socks, school socks etc.  If you think the material will not take a direct iron, then use a thin hanky/cloth over the label and the sock.

Where should I put my sock label?

Iron it into place on the sole of the sock!  When the sock is paired up, it is easy to see the name.   Go over it a couple of times with your iron and check that it has adhered, or simply increase your heat and iron over the top again.  

Can I have a smaller label for socks?

Yes - we can print you some smaller labels at 35mm only. You don't need a long label on socks, but you might want a longer label for the back of a school uniform shirt. Our standard length is 50mm.  This seems to suit most clothes as the label is clear and easy to ready. But if you'd like us to include some shorter ones in your order, then let us know in the comment section.  (We are usually generous and include a bonus number for you, when you ask for some SOCK SIZE labels to be included. ) So if you order a set of 100 - and ask us to include 20 sock size labels- no problem!  We will probably send you 80 standard size and around 25 or 30 sock size at 35mm - ie a few bonus. . Just remember to ask us! 

Here are some tips and tricks when it comes to labeling socks with our labels:

  • If labeling short socks, like a sports sock or ankle sock - then place the Name It iron on clothing label lengthwise on the bottom of the sock so it runs from toe to heel under the arch.This is the part of the foot with the least amount of rubbing and we find our labels will adhere and last the longest if applied here.
  • If labeling longer socks, like a knee high school socks that folds down at the top, then an alternative to putting the label on the bottom is to put it up the top on the outside of the sock so when the sock is folded down the label sits underneath the fold. Again this position means the label doesn’t get rubbed when walking.

Both places are also good for when doing the laundry as the Name It iron on label is placed on the outside of the sock so it is clear and visible to see when sorting through the washing.