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.