Tuesday, January 5, 2016

From the sewing factory - Luggage Tags

We had somewhat of an assembly line going in our "sewing factory" over Christmas. Jess and Grandpa were working on the cutting end of the line (Alex was cooking), while I did the sewing. We made luggage tags (good guess, Jenny!). 

The "Just the Ticket Luggage Tag" pattern was designed by UniquelyMichelle, who besides patterns also has some lovely bags in her Etsy shop. The luggage tag pattern can be found here.

I was very happy that I happened to have on hand colored snaps that worked well with the Typography fabrics.

It was a great pattern. She used actual photos (which I prefer) and detailed instructions that made it very easy to follow. The only little discrepancy I found was that the pattern said to cut the straps from the coordinating fabric, but all of the photo examples showed the straps matching the main fabrics. :) Just something to note when cutting out the first time, although it's not a big deal, because you can choose to make your straps from whichever fabric you want.

The coordinating fabric makes the flap that covers a vinyl ID window, and also the backing behind that window. The flap snaps shut so your information is hidden from nosy eyes.

Front and back of different tags.

Here is what all our tag insides look like.

Jess even designed an ID card to slip into each one!

Below is one of the tags "in action".

I liked Michelle's suggestions in the pattern of using the tags for enclosing a gift card or even some cash for someone. There are lots of possibilities for uses besides uniquely identifying your luggage.

These tags were very fun to make. You could use any combination of fabrics, and they make great scrap-busters! I would only offer one word of caution... making them can be addictive! They go together fast, and the more you make, the faster they go... you might not want to stop! :)

Thanks, Michelle, for a very fun project!

Update: Jess is offering the PDF file for her printable ID card if you'd like one to go in your luggage tags. You can get it here.


Anonymous said...

Any chance I could put in an order with you for a couple???? PLEASE???!!! Yes, I will indeed stoop to begging. They look awesome.

Missed you all at Christmas, but so happy you had a grand family time at home. I love seeing all the projects.


Jenny said...

I love the professional touch that your personalized labels add to the inside of those tags! It makes me want to get some of my own. And the perfectly matched buttons! Its so nice when things work out like that.

Geneviève Thiffault said...

They look great and really professional. Those handmade tags are a great touch too.

If they are so addictive, maybe I should get an helper too and start some mass production for Christmas 2016. :P

Grandma G said...

Thank you all!

Kristin... it's a possibility, but it'll be a while. I have lots of barkcloth in my queue right now. If you have fabric preferences, email me.

Jenny... yes, you should get some labels! Then you just have to remember to put them in. I tend to forget. :)

Gen... you don't need a helper, with all that new cutting equipment! ;) Anyway, they're very quick to cut out - just a bunch of little rectangles. Only the measurements are given in the pattern (except for the curved corner cutouts), but we made templates out of cardstock because we knew we were going to be making several of them and it would make the cutting go faster.

Michelle B said...

Grandma G I love your Just the Ticket Luggage Tags. Thanks for writing a blog post about the pattern. I think it is great how the whole family pitched in on the sewing day for these!

Grandma G said...

Thanks, Michelle! We enjoyed the process. I'm sure I'll be making more of these tags. :)

Marilyn said...

Love these! Your daughter's fabric is awesome and those snaps are yummy!

Grandma G said...

Thanks, Marilyn! Your post was the inspiration for these. :)

LiEr said...

Love, love, love! The purples are my favorite!

Laney said...

I love these! What great project! You did such a nice job with them. Love your assembly line sewing ;)

Grandma G said...

Thank you, LiEr and Laney! Yes, assembly lines can be a fun family time. :)