LUGGAGE TAGS...THE PERFECT GIFT! - Baby Kay's Appliques
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LUGGAGE TAGS...THE PERFECT GIFT!

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If you haven't guessed it by now...I'll spill the beans and let you all in on a little secret...

Well...

Perhaps it's really not that BIG of a secret...

I like to make my own Christmas Gifts every year and even though I do make a lot of “time consuming” items...there has always been a need for new and simple Gift Ideas for my children's school teachers, the neighbors, my hairdresser and that sweet mail lady who delivers my up-teen boxes of stabilizers and threads!LOL!

So today...I'm gonna get a jump on making some really cute Luggage Tags to give my friends and family...and perhaps slide a favorite gift card in it for “stocking stuffers” too!

How about I make it a cute little detailed tutorial...just for FUN?Please remember to go to the the bottom of the blog post to the TOOLS OF THE TRADE...where the list of all the supplies used in this project are (including where to get them).

OH...

I Love it when a plan comes together!

Let's get started...

For EACH Luggage Tag you plan to make...Cut the following...

-1 piece of 100% cotton Fabric (3.5” X 9”)

-1 piece of Heat and Bond Lite (3.25” x 8.75”)

-1 piece of Buckram Stabilizer (2 5/8” X 8”)

First...Prep the luggage tag itself...

-Fuse the Heat and Bond Lite to the backside of the cotton fabric and then center the Buckram stabilizer on top of that (Heat and Bond side) and fuse that into place...being careful to center the Buckram as best you can.No need to whip out the ruler for perfection here...

You will then fold up the long sides and fuse towards the buckram and repeat for the short ends too.Fold your luggage tag in half with the wrong sides together.Your prepared luggage tag now looks like this...

***Useful information for those who are unfamiliar with Buckram Stabilizer....

Buckram Stabilizer is located in the Craft or Fabric stores where the “other” stabilizers are and it is usually sold by the yard, right off the bolt.It is a THIN, but stiff, non fusible treated stabilizer that gives an item “body or shape” and is perfect for this project!Since this stabilizer is not treated with a fusible product...I add the Heat and Bond Lite to make it one...as we move along with this project, you will understand why!

Once you have prepped your luggage tag...you are all set to load it on the machine!

I used my 5” X 4” Fast Frame and added a sticky stabilizer to it.Then I drew a reference line 1” down from the top, across the width of the frame, to give me a guide as to where to locate my luggage tag so that I was sure to have it straight on the sticky!Here she is all ready to be loaded onto the machine...

In the above picture you can see my fold line...from where I folded the luggage tag in half in the above step.However...when you load it onto the sticky...you want to open it up!The fold is actually the “bottom” of the luggage tag.

I centered my design in the section from the fold to the right edge and then from top to bottom...you can see my blue center dot there...ever so slightly.

I made a set of two luggage tags to coordinate with each other for this blog post...they'refor my daughter in law who will be going on a “special cruise” next year...so I chose to use the “Anchor Flag Design” and used only the anchor applique from the 6 inch size...because it is just PERFECT for this luggage tag!I wanted to add her initials to it...so I chose the 1/2” size from the Rockwell Font.

For the second luggage tag, I chose the Vine Monogram Font in the 2” size...and it fit just PERFECT too!

Here's the Anchor luggage tag..stitching ever so smoothly...