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Friday, August 12, 2011

Luggage Tag

OK - I'm no seamstress.  Really.  I use my sewing machine for stitching on paper craft projects and the occasional clothing repair.  Simple stuff.  Yeah, OK so that one time I made the cover for the bird cage - but it was all straight stitches. Easy.  Believe it or not, today I am actually going to share a sewing hybrid project with you.

I made this luggage tag, if I can do it, so can you! Here's what you need:
  • 2 pieces of fabric cut to 3.5" by 5"
  • 1 piece of fabric cut at 2" by 12" (this will be the strap)
  • Interfacing cut to 3.5" by 5" (more detail on this in a bit)
  • Vinyl cut to 3.5" by 5"
  • Printed identification cut to 2" by 3.5" (business card size)
  • thread and sewing machine
 I used Photoshop and digital scrapbook supplies to create my ID label.  I smudged out my person stuff so that I could share this with you here.

    The shake-down on the interfacing: When I made this I wanted my luggage tag to be sturdy.  So I used the heaviest quality Peltex iron-on interfacing. Not only that, but I used two pieces of it!  One on each of the 3.5x5" fabrics!! {insert the Tim the Toolman grunt from Home Improvement! LOL} Yeah, can you say "overkill"?  My poor 1958 Singer sewing machine was mad at me and I had to fight it just about the whole way.  That's part of why my stitching looks such a mess. (the other reason why it's a mess???   ... I'm not a seamstress!) :-)

    If you use the heavy Ultra Firm Stabilizer interfacing, you can get away with using just one and adhere it to only one of the fabric pieces.  Believe me, it will be sturdy enough!  So now go ahead and iron-on the interfacing to the fabric per your manufacturer's instructions.

    Take the long piece of fabric for the strap and press it in half (right side of the fabric on the outside). Open it up and fold each side of the fabric in to the mid-point and press.  Fold it in half with the edges pressed in and run stitches up both sides.

    Layer the tag fabric and strap as shown above. Place the fabric pieces right sides facing each other. Fold the strap in half and lay it between the 2 fabric pieces allowing the unfolded end to extend about .5".  Make sure the folded end of the strap is tucked between the 2 fabric pieces so that it won't get sewn into the seam.

    Pin this sandwich of layers together.  Run a seam around the edge, but leave an opening so that you can invert the tag. See space between pins in the image below.
    Once your seam (less the opening) is complete, clip the corners and turn the tag right side out.  Then lay your ID card in the center of the tag, top with the vinyl piece (don't worry that the vinyl is too big right now).  Run stitches about 1/4" around the edge being certain to tuck the seam opening in and catch it with these stitches.  Run a second set of stitching about 1/4" in from this set.  Trim the vinyl as close to the stitching as possible.

    There you have it!  Your own personal luggage tag.  Use some bright colored fabrics and it will make it really easy for you to spot your luggage at the baggage claim. You could use some specialty fabrics to make ones with your children's favorite characters, or sports teams. 

    And since you get to learn from my struggles with the interfacing - I'm sure your stitching will be nice and straight, rather than all shabby like mine.  Hey, that's it!  I'll just say I was going for a shabby look!  Hehehehe!!! Remember there's never any mistakes in art, only more opportunities to embellish!

    Have fun being creative!

    Digital kit: Down This Road
    Paper: Red River
    Fabric, vinyl: my stash
    Interfacing: Pellon
    Thread: Coats


    1. Love this! So pretty!!!!!!!! :D Wish I had the patience lately to work on a project like this. LOL.


    2. Hi Cathy, this is 1 project I'm bookmarking (&pinning!) for sure! I never thought to make my own luggage tags. In fact, I'm tempted to make some for my family too. Hmm, just need to dust off my sewing machine, hehe! Thanks!

    3. What a great idea! Though I think even this might be beyond my pitiful sewing skills. ;)


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