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mimiw
« on: October 03, 2007 05:16:16 PM »

So this year as part of everyone's Christmas gift they are getting a luggage tag.  The best part about it is that is can double as the gift tag on the outside of the wrapping!  Here are the ones I finished tonight...



They are super easy and quick to make.  I am planning on cutting some index cards to fit under the plastic.  On the unlined side I am drawing decorated initials and then they can fill in their address info on the lined side.  

Hope you like!



Here is the tutorial! 
I noticed after I had finished uploading my pictures that a few are missing but hopefully you will get the idea...Also, I sandwich my plastic and then turn it but you can also skip that and just add the plastic when you are top stitching.  I just think that it looks more professional if you can't see the edges of the plastic. 


The supplies you will need are:
10.5" x 3.5" piece of fabric for tag
2" x 10.5" fabric for strap
10" x 3" piece of Craft Fuse or medium to heavy weight interfacing
3" x 4" clear plastic

First, iron the interfacing onto wrong side of fabric:


Next, fold strap piece in half longways wrong sides together and press:


Open the fold you just made and turn each side in to the middle crease:


Re-fold down the middle crease so all raw edges are inside

Cut your 10.5" x 3.5" piece in half so you have 2 pieces 5.25" x 3.5".  (You can always start out with 2 separate pieces but I hate cutting 2 separate pieces of interfacing.)


Next, sandwich your clear plastic between the right sides of the fabric and sew around 3 sides leaving the opening at one of the short ends:


Clip your corners to make turning easier:


And turn (be gentle, the plastic tends to stick together):


Press well making sure the plastic side is down!


Top stitch strap on both sides:


Fold raw edges in at top of tag and insert strap.

Topstitch all the way around making sure to catch the strap and close the opening.  It is also a good idea to backstitch where the strap is attached to reinforce it.  I recommend either using a teflon foot or covering the plastic with tissue paper before sewing.  Otherwise, sewing the plastic can drive you nuts - it sticks to everything!!


Clean up your stray threads, cut an index card to fit inside and you are done!


If you have any questions, please let me know.  I have made a bunch of these and they are very quick - especially if you cut several and make them in an assembly line!
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« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2007 05:23:47 PM »

cool idea! i bet it'll help telling your luggage apart from others. unless of course you have bright pink luggage like me Smiley then you always know whats yours Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2007 08:16:51 AM »

Brilliant idea Smiley 
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« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2007 10:33:22 AM »

I know there are probably rules against asking for a tutorial but I would love one so I could make some people in my family this.  They travel often enough.
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« Reply #4 on: October 04, 2007 06:00:55 PM »

They look so beautiful laid out there like a rainbow! I am also planning to make luggage tags for most of my family and I've made a few practice ones - some with plastic pockets and some with only a little pocket (with a snap flap) to put the id info into (but it wouldn't be seen unless you took it out of the pocket. Can I ask about your technique/pattern? Would you post a tutorial? Yours look great!!
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« Reply #5 on: October 04, 2007 08:12:53 PM »

These are great! Very pretty fabric, professional sewing, and different enough to not look like anyone else's stuff!
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« Reply #6 on: October 05, 2007 08:07:33 AM »

Thanks everyone!  I have to make a few more so I would be happy to do a tutorial.  It will probably be a few days though...I am in the middle of trying to sell my house and move!
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« Reply #7 on: October 07, 2007 11:58:36 AM »

i was thinking of doing this for three of my friends who are traveling to disney with me later this year. yours look fantastic!!
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« Reply #8 on: October 10, 2007 01:29:59 PM »

Here is the tutorial! 
I noticed after I had finished uploading my pictures that a few are missing but hopefully you will get the idea...Also, I sandwich my plastic and then turn it but you can also skip that and just add the plastic when you are top stitching.  I just think that it looks more professional if you can't see the edges of the plastic. 


The supplies you will need are:
10.5" x 3.5" piece of fabric for tag
2" x 10.5" fabric for strap
10" x 3" piece of Craft Fuse or medium to heavy weight interfacing
3" x 4" clear plastic

First, iron the interfacing onto wrong side of fabric:


Next, fold strap piece in half longways wrong sides together and press:


Open the fold you just made and turn each side in to the middle crease:


Re-fold down the middle crease so all raw edges are inside

Cut your 10.5" x 3.5" piece in half so you have 2 pieces 5.25" x 3.5".  (You can always start out with 2 separate pieces but I hate cutting 2 separate pieces of interfacing.)


Next, sandwich your clear plastic between the right sides of the fabric and sew around 3 sides leaving the opening at one of the short ends:


Clip your corners to make turning easier:


And turn (be gentle, the plastic tends to stick together):


Press well making sure the plastic side is down!


Top stitch strap on both sides:


Fold raw edges in at top of tag and insert strap.

Topstitch all the way around making sure to catch the strap and close the opening.  It is also a good idea to backstitch where the strap is attached to reinforce it.  I recommend either using a teflon foot or covering the plastic with tissue paper before sewing.  Otherwise, sewing the plastic can drive you nuts - it sticks to everything!!


Clean up your stray threads, cut an index card to fit inside and you are done!


If you have any questions, please let me know.  I have made a bunch of these and they are very quick - especially if you cut several and make them in an assembly line!
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« Reply #9 on: October 10, 2007 01:47:57 PM »

These are great.  I had an idea to do an embroidered tag for my friend did a search on luggage tags and voila this thread comes up.  You must have just added the tutorial.  This is exactly what I had in mind. 

I have two quick kinda dumb questions....first what kind of plastic did you use? Second to attach them to the suitcase do you just slip the tag through the strap (and around the suitcase handle).

Thank you so much for the tutorial, I truly appreciate it!
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