Monday, September 17, 2012

Fabric Luggage Tags Tutorial

Here’s a way to use up scraps of fabric to make something every traveler will appreciate.
What you will need:
  • Two pieces fabric for front and back of tag 4 1/2” x 2 1/2”
  • Fabric for strap 2”x 14” (or you could use a ribbon)
  • Timtex or other heavy weight stabilizer 3 1/2” x 5 1/4”
  • Clear plastic vinyl 2 1/4” x 4” (Fabric stores sell this, but I cut up a vinyl blanket bag)
  • Cardstock for name/address 2” x 3 1/2”
  • Sewing machine foot for sewing on plastic

For my machine, I used a Teflon foot. Your sewing machine dealer will have a recommendation for your machine.  My regular sewing foot was not cooperative.
Make the strap by folding the 2”x14” strip of fabric in half lengthwise. Press a crease and open, then fold in both side edges to meet in the center and fold again. Stitch close to the edge on both sides.  (You could use a 14” length of ribbon.

press in half lengthwise
 press to center
stitch strap2

Attach your specialty sewing foot to your machine and stitch the plastic around the two sides and the bottom.

sew on vinyl

Remove the specialty sewing foot and attach fold the strap in half and stitch to the right side of the fabric at the top of your tag. The open edge of the pocket will be below. So you don’t sew over the strap when stitching front and back sides together, tuck the end of the strap into the vinyl pocket.

stitch on strap

With right sides together, stitch around the two sides and the top, leaving the bottom open

sew three sides

Turn right side out and use a chopstick or other tool to get your corners sharp
Insert the piece of heavy weight stabilizer into the tag through the open bottom and tuck in the back and front of the pocket to close and conceal.

insert stabilizer

Topstitch all the way around your tag about 1/8” from the edge. (Pull strap out of pocket before topstitching the top)

top stitch

Personalize the cardstock and insert it into the open pocket. Here; the ones I made this morning.


Other uses:
  • Gift tags for packages
  • Place cards for holiday gatherings
  • Place cards for wedding reception tables.
What’s not to love about this easy project!

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