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LUGGAGE TAGS...THE PERFECT GIFT!
Friday, 08 May 2020 17:55

luggage tags finished

                             If you haven't guessed it by now...

I'll spill the beans and let you all in on a little secret...

Well...

Perhaps it's really not that BIG of a secret...

I like to make my own Christmas Gifts every year and even though I do make a lot of “time consuming” items...there has always been a need for new and simple Gift Ideas for my children's school teachers, the neighbors, my hairdresser and that sweet mail lady who delivers my up-teen boxes of stabilizers and threads!  LOL!

So today...

I'm gonna get a jump on making some really cute Luggage Tags

to give my friends and family...

and perhaps slide a favorite gift card in it for “stocking stuffers” too!

How about I make it a cute little detailed tutorial...

just for FUN?  

Please remember to go to the the bottom of the blog post

to the TOOLS OF THE TRADE...

where the list of all the supplies used in this project are (including where to get them).

OH...

I Love it when a plan comes together!

Let's get started...

For EACH Luggage Tag you plan to make...Cut the following...

-1 piece of 100% cotton Fabric (3.5” X 9”)

-1 piece of Heat and Bond Lite (3.25” x 8.75”)

-1 piece of Buckram Stabilizer (2 5/8” X 8”)

luggage tags fabric and stabilizer set up

First...Prep the luggage tag itself...

-Fuse the Heat and Bond Lite to the backside of the cotton fabric...

and then center the Buckram stabilizer on top of that (Heat and Bond side) and fuse that into place...

being careful to center the Buckram as best you can.  No need to whip out the ruler for perfection here...

You will then fold up the long sides and fuse towards the buckram and repeat for the short ends too. 

Fold your luggage tag in half with the wrong sides together.  Your prepared luggage tag now looks like this...

luggage tags prepped for machine

***Useful information for those who are unfamiliar with Buckram Stabilizer....

Buckram Stabilizer is located in the Craft or Fabric stores where the “other” stabilizers are...

and it is usually sold by the yard, right off the bolt.  

It is a THIN, but stiff, non fusible treated stabilizer that gives an item “body or shape”...

and is perfect for this project! 

Since this stabilizer is not treated with a fusible product...

I add the Heat and Bond Lite to make it one...

as we move along with this project, you will understand why!

Once you have prepped your luggage tag...you are all set to load it on the machine!

I used my 5” X 4” Fast Frame and added a sticky stabilizer to it. 

Then I drew a reference line 1” down from the top, across the width of the frame,

to give me a guide as to where to locate my luggage tag so that I was sure to have it straight on the sticky! 

Here she is all ready to be loaded onto the machine...

luggage tags frame loaded

In the above picture you can see my fold line...

from where I folded the luggage tag in half in the above step. 

However...when you load it onto the sticky...you want to open it up! 

The fold is actually the “bottom” of the luggage tag. 

I centered my design in the section from the fold to the right edge and then from top to bottom...

you can see my blue center dot there...ever so slightly.

I made a set of two luggage tags to coordinate with each other for this blog post...

they're  for my daughter in law who will be going on a “special cruise” next year...

so I chose to use the “Anchor Flag Design”...

and used only the anchor applique from the 6 inch size...

because it is just PERFECT for this luggage tag! 

I wanted to add her initials to it...so I chose the 1/2” size from the Rockwell Font. 

For the second luggage tag, I chose the Vine Monogram Font in the 2” size...

and it fit just PERFECT too!

Here's the Anchor luggage tag..stitching ever so smoothly...

luggage tags anchor on machine

AND...

Here's the Vine Monogram...making a “statement”...like she always does!

luggage tags monogram on machine

Once you have finished the embroidery/applique...

you simply remove it from the sticky stabilizer...

no need to “pick” off every little piece...

because you will be “hiding” it when you fold it wrong sides together to finish it off.

Now...there are two ways you can finish your luggage tag...

before placing it into the handy little plastic luggage tag holder...

-Fold the luggage tag...wrong sides together...

evenly and then top stitch around the outside edge to seal it shut...

OR

-Fold the luggage tag...wrong sides together...

evenly and use a little glue stick to hold it together.

Either way will work just fine...

since you will then be placing them into the plastic luggage tag holders.

PS...these plastic luggage tag holders are super inexpensive...so no worries there!

luggage tags finished

The luggage tags themselves are suppose to be a snug fit...

so they “fill” the cavity of the plastic holder. 

There is still room on the backside where you can add a “personal” information card or a sweet gift card for your special someone! 

Either way...it's a WIN...WIN situation!

The possibilities are endless here...

with super cute applique designs, fonts and monograms!

Tools of the Trade...

-Anchor Flag Design (I used only the ANCHOR from the 6 inch size...www.babykaysappliques.com)

-Rockwell Font (I used .5 inch size...www.babykaysappliques.com)

-Vine Monogram (I used the 2 inch size...www.babykaysappliques.com)

-Fast Frame (I used 5 X 4 inch size)

-Perfect Stick Stabilizer (I used Floriani Brand)

-WSS (off Brand)

-Buckram Stabilizer (Hobby Lobby)

-Heat and Bond Lite Fusible (Hobby Lobby, Joann's, Walmart and On Line)

-Clear Vinyl Luggage Tag Holder (Allstitch.com)

-Thread-Exquisite Brand Red #3015 and Royal #413

-Fabric-Blue Check/Sketch for the Luggage Tag itself(“Widescreen” Design #14469 by Carolyn Friedlander for Robert Kaufman)

Royal w/Dots for the Anchor (Moda's Dot Essentials)

-Water Soluble Pen for Marking

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