Fabric Luggage Tag for the Traveler on Your Holiday Gift List

The start of the holiday gift making season is now upon us. I should have got started earlier but you know how life gets in the way. These luggage tags are perfect for the traveler in the family or for the friend at work who travels for business. They can be used to identify non-descript luggage in the pile of other ones or to add some contact information (although it’s never a good idea to put home addresses on luggage tags). Coordinate the fabric for a favorite color or theme.

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They are quick to run up in numbers when you want to coordinate a luggage set.

What you’ll need:

  • Fabric scraps: fabric quarters work well.
  • Stiff interfacing
  • Clear vinyl
  • Bias tape (make your own from this post)
  • Gross-grain ribbon
  • Eyelets

Vinyl front:

The vinyl size for the tag here is 2 5/8 inch 3 5/8 inch. It needs to be just a smidgen smaller than the overall finished size of the tag.

Sew some bias tape along one edge, leaving around an inch overhang on each side. Sewing vinyl can be tricky the vinyl makes the foot “sticky” and its best to either use a non-stick Teflon sewing machine foot or some tissue paper.

Bias across one edge

Tag:

I have included a template here for a tag with a finished size of 5 inches by 2 ¾ inches. Of course the size is dependent on your own choice, but this is a good size that shouldn’t get in the way of luggage carousels at the airport.

Luggage tag template

Click Luggage tag template for the .pdf version of the template.

Print the template at no scaling. You can always check the size as the measurements are written on the template.

Wash and iron your fabric. Fold in half (you’ll need double thickness). Using a pencil draw around the template, we’ll use this pencil line later to sew along. Cut out the tag using approximate ½ inch sewing allowance.

cut around the template on double thickness fabric

Place the vinyl front in-between the two fabric halves at ¾ inch lower than the corner (see picture). Pins will make holes in the vinyl, try to pin the fabric without catching the vinyl in-between or use small binder clips.

Sew around the top edge leave the bottom open

Sew around the tag top half using the pencil line, leave the bottom open. The vinyl isn’t sewn at this stage so be careful not to catch it.

Trim the corners off and turn the tag the right way and using something sharpish (pencil, bone folder) to make the corners really nice and sharp.

Using the template and a pencil, mark around on a piece of stiff fabric interfacing. Cut the interfacing a millimeter or 2 inside the line. The interfacing needs to be ever-so-slightly smaller than the fabric.

turn the envelope the right way

Push the interfacing up into the main body. If it’s iron interfacing, then go ahead, and iron to activate the glue.

Tuck the bottom part of the fabric up inside its body. A quick iron here to set the seam is useful or pin close.

The vinyl should be sitting comfortably on the front of the luggage tag.

The vinyl is sewn down using an over stitch, how far the sewing is from the edge depends on how smaller the vinyl is from the edge.

Again the vinyl will catch on your sewing machine foot, so use a bit of tissue paper or the non-stick Teflon foot.

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Attaching eyelets:

Attach the eyelets using the instructions on the packet. Or if you’ve lost them (I do constantly) mark around the largest eyelet on the front of the fabric.

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Using sharp scissors or a craft knife cut out the circle. Place the longest eyelet through the hole from front to back then place the shorter one on the back. They should sit nicely together. Use the setting tool provided and a small hammer, gently tap the eyelet closed.

eyelet before hammering

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Cut a length of 15 inches gross-grain ribbon, fold in half and pull through from the front to the back. Use the ribbon to tie onto the suitcase.

make a pair

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