Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Quick and Easy Fabric Tags

If you have ended up here looking for the Memory Box and Poppystamps Blog Hop, hop on down to the next post!!!  Thanks, Anne

Freezing rain and icy roads cancelled the workshop I had planned at Tacoma Lakes Quilters for Quick and Easy Fabric Tags.  The samples I'm going to show below are all made with holiday fabrics.  But they can easily be changed up to use up fabric scraps from any project, even coordinating tags with finished items you are giving away.

Because I use tags in so many stamping projects, I had a box of 500 shipping tags that I had purchased at Staples but you can purchase them in smaller quantities (packs of 20 at JoAnn's, Michaels, or ACMoore).  And I used fat quarters of holiday fabrics picked up on sale at JoAnn's.  I also used some papers from my Christmas box crafting stash for backgrounds on tags or on the back of the tag to cover my wonky stitching.  I did sew all of the fabrics to the tags using my sewing machine and white thread (because that's what I had on my machine).
I do think that a good glue stick would also hold the fabric in place if you don't want to sew it on.

 This is a selection of the tags I made.

I covered the front of this tag with paper before stitching on the fabric piece. 

 For this one, I stitched the paper tag which then holds the fabric in place on the tag.

 For this one, I stitched a line down the middle of the fabric piece and tied a scrap of the same fabric through the hole in the top of the tag.  I think I'll go back and add the fabric tie to all of the tags I made.

 For these two tags I used smaller pieces of fabric stitched around all four sides, leaving room to write To and From or a short message on the tag front.

I also have a whole bunch of cardboard templates for making larger fabric tags which could also be pockets to hold a gift card or another tiny gift and could then be hung on the tree as an ornament after removing it from the present...mittens, trees, snowmen, hearts, giant tags, houses, and lots more.  I cut out two of each shape with pinking shears, sewed around the edge (wrong sides together), then punched a hole to add a ribbon and tag.  Quick and easy!

I'm sure that you can come up with many more creative ways to use fabric for your holiday tags.

Happy Crafting!


Stamping With Bibiana said...

hello Anne:
great idea, love the texture and so festive themes...your friends and family will treasure them I am sure
hugs from California
Bibiana (DT MB)

Anonymous said...

Very cute, Anne. Eileen was showing some of her tags on f.b. this morning....must be the latest. Pls check your email.

arlsmom aka Lynda said...

what fun ideas!!!