October 31, 2013

Quilted Luggage Tag tutorial

So last week I made myself a couple luggage tags, attached them to my bags-full-of-quilts, and flew to Houston sans children to go to quilt market.


I just spent an hour trying to write up my experience of quilt market and I give up. The following words apply: fast, chatter, awkward, blisters, flattering, industry, thrilling, uncertain, lucky, powerful, big, touching, grateful, realization.

How about something concrete to offer you instead? Like how I made these luggage tags in about 30 minutes just a few hours before my flight? I personally think these would make great gifts because they are fast and likely to actually be used. You're not freaking out about the holidays yet are you? Yeah, me neither.

So you need a quilted piece, a backing piece, a 5 1/2" piece of elastic and a bit of clear vinyl. Yep, that's my fabric from Spoonflower, but you could stitch some actual selvages onto batting if you wanted to. Or use any scrap quilted piece (maybe a good looking section of a FMQ practice piece?)


You cut quilted and backing pieces 4 1/2" x 3" and then cut off the corners 1 1/2" x 1/2".


Fold the elastic in half and lay it centered on the top of the quilted piece.


Then the backing piece face down over that. Stitch around the outside leaving a hole in the far end.


Trim the corners and flip it right side out. Tuck the open end under and press.


Cut a piece of vinyl 2 1/2" x 2 1/4" trim if necessary to fit your tag.


Topstitch around the edge of the tag. This attaches your vinyl and closes up the hole at the bottom of the tag at the same time. I start stitching on the open edge and I used a piece of paper under the presser foot (but not so far under that the needle actually stitched through the paper)


And there you have it! Cut a piece of card about 2 1/4" x 2" to put in the pocket. Trim smaller if needed.


Whenever I saw one of these on my bag it made me feel happy. So do those knee socks from Sweet Marcel!


So there you are! Maybe these tags will go with me to another quilt market someday. Or maybe this was a one-time thing. Either way, I'm happy. Hope things are good out there, quilters!

9 comments:

Elsa said...

Love the luggage tags ~ you are so clever Christina!
Glad you had a great time at quilt market ~ how exciting for you!
Oh, and love those socks!

sewkatiedid said...

Cute idea!

anyadahab said...

I think I have just decided what I am going to make for my family for the holidays. They all travel a lot, and need a way to easily identify their bags. Great tutorial!

Qltr89 said...

Very clever! Thank you for sharing.

Elise Lea said...

These are beautiful! Thanks for sharing them!

Terri Hessler said...

I love making something handmade for my family and friends for Christmas and this is PERFECT! Thanks for sharing the tute!

Willit Neverend said...

What a cute idea! I will have to remember this one.

Jeane said...

Congratulations on your book! I took part in your FMQ Quilt Along and I still make reference to those projects. You are a great teacher and I know everyone who purchases your book will agree. I will be looking for it in my area.

Val Spiers said...

Simple idea but it is always nice to have someone else do the measuring and thinking. I might make a couple this morning. Thanks for the tutorial.
http://valspierssews.blogspot.com.au

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