How many people use scraps of ribbon to identify their luggage while traveling? We use them all the time. And the ribbons inevitably look shabby. Moreover, I still end up mistaking my bags. I cannot tell you the number of times, I have lifted a heavy suitcase off a luggage rack, only to find that I had mistaken the color of the ribbon, or it’s the same ribbon on a similar bag. What I needed, was something that is easily visible, unique & durable. So, it was a no brainer when we decided to make these bag tags.
The design was inspired by the luggage tags airlines give you. You’ll notice, the string is pretty sturdy & the tag is looped, so it doesn’t fall off. For the pattern, you can use images or photographs . But, my mother recently started cross stitching again. Which inspired us, to make mini patterns for the tags. Here’s what we made:
Time: This depends on how much experience you have with cross-stitching. If you’re a newbie like me, then it takes 45-60 minutes. If you know what you’re doing, then it takes 30 minutes.
- Cross Stitch Grid (stationary shops usually carry them)
- Colorful Thread
- Matching Paper
- Small piece of cardboard
- Thread/ Elastic/ Raffia String
- Scale, cutter, scissors
- Single Punch
As I mentioned, my mom recently started doing cross stitch and she was the one, who taught me the technique. I would have included it all here. But, that’s going to make this tutorial very long and that’s not completely fair to the people who want to add photographs. So, instead we have a short write up on how to make the pattern here. Please visit the page and use the steps to make the pattern.
Once the pattern is ready, the rest is as easy as making pie!(Does anyone know why its called that? I mean making good pies, isn’t the easiest job.) Just use the steps below and your tags will be ready in no time!
How to make the tag:
- Cut out a piece of cardboard 2-3 cms longer than your picture or cross stitch pattern.
- Cover it on one side with matching paper. We folded it onto the other side, to give it a little more detail.
- Cover the remaining cardboard with a second contrasting color paper.
- Write out Name, Address and Phone on the contrasting color.
- Cut out the cross stitch pattern, leaving a slight margin. And pull out one line of the mesh from each side. This gives it a rough edges look.
- Mark two points on the upper side of the tag for the holes and paste the cross stitch to the remaining portion.
- Punch two holes on the marked spots.
- Loop a long piece of elastic or raffia thread and tie it up.
Optional: You can put the tag inside a plastic sheet to make it even more durable. But, that may dull out the colors of the tag a little bit. So, we decided to use them as it is.
So, just loop the tag around the handle of your bag. And you’re all set!
How do you like this idea? Send us a picture of your favorite bag tag!