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Wednesday
Oct192011

DIY Stitched Fabric Tags

A late post today but better late than never, right?  I'm feeling a bit under the weather and am curled up in bed hoping that the extra rest will do my body good.  I hate feeling sick and having no energy but the good thing is that blogging doesn't take too much out of me so I think I can manage.  A few weeks ago a blog reader asked about some stitched fabric tags that I featured and wondered if I could share how to make them.  I am always willing to share my crafty methods with readers and I told her that I would turn it into a blog post so that everyone could reap the benefits.  So today I'm going to show you how to make fabric tags like this...

I recently made these tags for a bride who used them for wedding favors.  She gifted her guests home-made vanilla extract (yum!) in mason jars and the tags were a cute, rustic way to label the favors with the couple's names.  So clever and such a treat for the guests.  These tags are pretty easy to make and here are the steps I took to make them...

Step One >> Use a manila shipping tag as a size guide and trace onto your desired fabric.  I used a floral print I found at Joann's.  

Step Two >> Cut out what you traced onto the fabric either using a rotary cutter (like I did above) or some scissors.  

Step Three >> This is what your fabric will look like cut out.  I don't worry about fraying fabric edges because it gives it more of that rustic look.  But if you want clean edges, you could always put a fray-stop solution on the edges after cutting.

Step Four >> Cut out a piece of plain fabric (with no print), sized a bit smaller than your original shape.  Muslin works great for this because it's cheap and has that natural, vintage color.  I actually used natural drill fabric which has the same color as muslin but is thicker and has more texture.  Anything that you like the look of can work!

Step Five >> Stitch the two pieces of fabric together.  I used a sewing machine but if you don't have one, you could also stitch by hand (it will take a bit longer).  I just did one stitch along the top but you could add one along the bottom if you wanted.

Step Six >> Punch a 1/8" hole into the fabric using a hole punch.  I used a Crop-A-Dile eyelet setter which also has a hole punch built in.  A regular hole punch will do the job also.

Step Seven >> Using a Crop-A-Dile or other eyelet setter, set an eyelet in the hole you punched through the fabric.  The eyelet isn't completely necessary but I think it gives the tag a more finished look.  It also prevents fraying around the hole.

Step Eight >> Stamp your message onto the plain fabric.  This stamp set would be a great choice.  

Step Nine >> Before hanging or displaying the tag, I would back it with a paper manila tag (don't attach them, just string them together).  The paper tag adds stability to the fabric and also provides you with a surface to write a quick message or personal note.  

And there you have it!  A quick fabric tag all ready to be used for mason jar labels or even for packaging like I did here...

With the holidays approaching this is a great, handmade solution to store-bought tags.  And it really jazzes up a kraft paper bag, like what I did above, perfect for any occasion.  

I hope you enjoyed this DIY today!  Maybe make a bunch at one time and then you'll be set for months.  Or gift a bundle of them to a friend to use for her own packaging.  And like I did originally with the tags, use them for a sweet detail for wedding favors or even as an escort card alternative.

Happy Wednesday!  Now back to bed for me.

Thursday
Sep152011

Pre-Wedding Installation

Thank you for bearing with me on my Monday post this week.  I was definitely in a funky mood and I took it out on the blog unfortunately.  No more being Debbie Downer today.  I am feeling better and am excited to share some pre-wedding installation pictures for an upcoming wedding.  A few weeks ago I shared the beginnings of yarn flowers and fabric tags and now I can show you a finished product.  Everything turned out great and I just know it will all come together perfectly on the day of.  Keep in mind, these shots just show the trial run so not everything looks totally finished.  This is just to give you a little sneak peek into what I have been working on and I will share shots from the actual day after it happens.  

So I successfully turned all of those yarn poms into flowers which will be displayed in pretty, blue mason jars at the wedding ceremony and reception.  The picture on the left is just all of the flowers together, about 200.  The bride collected all of the mason and glass jars, vintage crates, and display props and she sure has some collection.  Everything is going to look so good together, the perfect rustic party!

The picture on the left shows the beginnings of the dessert table, minus all of the yummy desserts of course.  I love the vintage crochet tablecloths that the bride found.  Old window frames display the guest seating chart and will be propped up at the entry so everyone can find their way.  

Above are my finished fabric tags which will be tied on with twine over a lace-covered jar.  These are the guest favors.  

Besides the yarn flowers and fabric tags, I also made the table numbers, which are the frames shown above.  The bride collected a bunch of vintage frames for me and then I stitched the buttons on and embroidered the 'TABLE' onto the spools.  Each one is a bit different, with its own personality.

Working with this bride was such a fun and great opportunity for me.  I love her sense of style and she has come up with some truly fabulous details.  This was just the trial run and everything looked so great so I know the actual wedding is going to blow me away.  I cannot wait to share the wedding here on the blog too.  

Have a great Thursday!