Make Your Own Luggage Tags: A Tutorial

Have you already been on your summer vacation? We have, but we’re thinking about going again! And I know there are a lot more people out there looking to get a little more summer vacation in before school starts and fall sets in…
traveltag-main-imfeelincrafty (1)And if you’re going, you probably need a bag. And if you have a bag, you might need a tag on your bag! So let’s make one!TravelTag-fabric-ImFeelinCrafty
There has been this fun fabric on sale at the fabric shop where I work and I’d been eye-balling it! Then someone bought some, so I just cut another piece for myself! That’s what inspired me to make this project! It’s by Moda and part of the Salt Air line. I’m feeling that it’s meant for making luggage tags, but I’m not 100% sure!
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You’ll need fabric, heavy fusible interfacing, clear plastic, snaps or buttons and a tag holder thingy. You can make it any size, but if you want it kinda big like mine, you can download the pattern template here.
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First off, cut all your fabric! You’ll need a back and a front (sized from the template), (6) 1.25 x 4.5 strips for the sides and bottom, (1) 3.25 x 4 top, (1) piece of fusible interfacing the size of the front and (1) 1.5 x 2.5 piece of fusible interfacing for the top and (1) 2.5 x 5 piece of clear plastic vinyl.
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Next, start sewing! Line up 2 of the strips with the edge of the vinyl and sew a 1/4″ seam, then fold over and topstitch. Do both sides and then the bottom. For mine I cut 2 pieces for the back, sew-ed them together and made the right size for the back piece!
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Add your fusible interfacing. Yep, I switched my front fabric piece from yellow to red mid project! For the two little pieces add the interfacing in the middle and iron over a 1/4 or so seam. And add the larger fusible interfacing to the back of the front piece of fabric. The interfacing is to give some stability, but also to help with the snaps!
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Fold over the top piece and top stitch it to the vinyl. I inserted the vinyl into the top fold of the top fabric. You can see in the picture above how the sides go all the way to the top of the fold.
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Trim the front and back if you haven’t already!
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Add your snaps!
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Topstitch your ‘Window’ onto the front. This keeps your card from sliding around. It was hard to see my stitching, so I drew it in for ya!
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Stack the front and back pieces, right sides together, leaving a hole to pull it through. Then pull it through the hole! After you pull it through, you can iron it flat. BUT BE CAREFUL! You don’t want to melt your vinyl! I just gave it a little hit of the iron from the back side and along the edges.
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Make a button hole and add your tag holder thingy. I don’t know what they are really called! I just happened to have one!
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Stitch the hole closed!
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Pack your bags (hopefully you have a larger bag than this one!), get your travel books, add your tag and get ready to hit the road!