Happy Black Friday! You’ve made it through another Thanksgiving and now the holidays are here. Are you one of the folks that are willing to brave the throngs of gift-shoppers waiting eagerly for the doors to open to participate in a massive shopping frenzy? Or do you prefer to keep a safe distance, on the comfort of your sofa, browsing the internet with tablet or lap-top in hand? Whichever shopping style suits you, here at The Works, we hope to inspire you with fun projects, new patterns, and neat ideas to help you get your craft on in the holiday spirit!
Our first gift idea contribution is a tutorial to make some spiffy luggage tags. The very crafty Joyce in Design came up with this genius idea using some of the soon to be delivered African Savannah by Clothworks. If you’re like me, most of you will be going over the river and through the woods to visit someone special this holiday season. Why not do it in style with these chic and easy to make luggage tags! And wait! They’re versatile, as the work as a gift tag, too.
Follow Joyce’s instructions here:
- ½ yd 5/8” Cotton Twill Tape or 1/3 yd ribbon (for Gift Card holder)
- ¼ yd of focus fabric (or scraps if you want the front and back to be different)
- ¼ yd of lining
- ¼ yd Needlepunch or firm batting
- Snaps – mini anorak size
- Layer lining fabric, needlepunch and focus fabric – wrong sides of fabric facing needlepunch. Cut two 3 ¼” x 4 ¼” from the layered pieces using pinking shears or wavy edge rotary cutter.
- Cut one 14” piece of twill tape (for Luggage Tag) or two pieces of 5 ½” ribbon for Gift Card holder. Fold the 14” piece of twill tape in half and stitch on both long edges (this is for strength for the Luggage Tag).
- For the Gift Card holder, the ribbon does not need strength but will need two pieces for tying.
- All stitching is done at (scant) 3/8”.
- Open the sandwiched fabric and place the twill tape in the middle of one of the 3 ¼” edges. Place the cut ends ¾” into seam allowance and the folded edge extending out. Stitch in place at ½” and again at 3/8”. Put layers back together, wrong sides facing the needlepunch. Starting and ending with a very small stitch length (lengthen to normal stitch length in the middle) sew 3/8” across the top catching the twill tape in the stitching.
- Stitch the second set of sandwiched fabric 3/8” on one of the 3 ¼” edges.
- If making the Gift Card holder follow the same process, as with the twill tape, for both sets of sandwiched fabric.
- The Luggage Tag will need snaps. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to place one side of the snap on the folded end of the twill tape.
- Attach the opposing part of the snap to one of the sandwiched pieces cut
- Make sure to put the snap on so you will be able to fold the twill tape over and secure onto luggage handle.
- Stitch three sides of the two pieces of sandwiched fabric together to create a pocket. Start at the top edge where the twill tape has been sewn on and sew down and around to the other side. Be sure to back stitch at the starting and ending points.
Wah lah! You are done with your Luggage Tag or fancy Gift Card Holder. The Gift Card Holder can be tied to a package, taped to a card or hung on the tree.