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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Fabric Luggage Tags

Here is a super cute gift for Christmas or a cute idea just for yourself. I found it over at our Skip to My Lou blog. Did I menetion I love this blog! These luggage tags are so easy you could use scraps left over from other projects. You will need a sewing machine though.

So here's how to:

Step 1: To print name and address on fabric, cut white muslin and freezer paper 8 1/2" X 11". Iron shiny side of freezer paper to back of fabric. Send paper through an ink jet printer. You can also buy fabric especially made to go through the printer. I also talk about this technique here. Press printing when finished to help set ink. You could even scan in a business card and print that onto the fabric. (if you want you can always hand write the address on there and it gives it that sweet, "hey I made this for you and even used my own handwriting" look)

Step 2: Cut one 3 1/2" X 5" piece of printed fabric with name and address, 1 - 3 1/2 X 5" piece of fabric, two 3 1/2" X 5" pieces of heavy weight iron on interfacing and one 2" X 12 piece of fabric for strap.

Step 3: Following manufacture's instructions iron interfacing to wrong side of both 3 1/2" X 5" pieces of fabric.
Press strap piece in half lengthwise, open up, press each side to the middle then fold in half. Edge stitch down each side.

Step 4: Pin fabric pieces right sides together. Fold strap in half and place inside the fabric with cut edges sticking out 1/2". (Make sure not to accidentally stitch into strap as you sew around the edge.)

Step 5: Using 1/4" seam, stitch all the way around the outside edge, leaving an opening for turning.
Clip corners.

Step 6: Turn, press, and edge stitch along the outside edge making sure to close the opening. Stitch another row of stitching if desired.
So sweet. We are going to Africa in about a week and I'm totally making one of these for our luggage. We will know exactly which one is ours coming off the baggage claim belt. Yay! They would make cute little tags too. So have fun making them. I'll post pics of how mine turned out if I get to it. The fam is coming down this weekend for Thanksgiving so it will be lots of fun and food and family. All the best f's!

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