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Fabric Luggage Tag for Business Card

Posted by  ·  November 13, 2009  ·  Last Updated: November 13, 2009

I got to thinking that it might be nice to have an option for the fabric luggage tag if you didn’t want to print the name and address onto the fabric.

Cut two – 3 1/2 X 5″ piece of fabric,  two  3 1/2″ X 5″ pieces of heavy weight iron on interfacing, one piece of vinyl slightly larger than finished tag and one  2″ X 12 piece of fabric for strap.


Put together the same way as this luggage tag. Take the piece of vinyl and sew to the front of luggage tag. Cut vinyl slightly larger than finished luggage tag. Place vinyl 1/2″ down from edge with strap.  Use miniature clothes pins to keep vinyl in place. Top stitch all the way around the edge, making sure to close the opening for turning. Top stitch again the size of your business card. Trim vinyl close to outside top stitching.


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  1. Monday, August 25th, 2014
    Thanks for the great instructions! I just made four of them for my daughter's new luggage. She leaves soon for a semester abroad.
  2. Linda
    Tuesday, September 10th, 2013
    Use a Teflon sewing machine foot to keep foot from sticking to vinyl. Sew cute!!
  3. Sandra
    Wednesday, January 16th, 2013
    Thank you for your instructions. It is much simpler than I dreamed up. My Son is going on a Church mission for two years and there is lots of transfering between cities with all of his belongings. These tags are going to be perfect!!!

  4. Friday, January 4th, 2013
    Great tutorial! Repinning... Thanks for the great idea!
  5. Mary
    Tuesday, May 29th, 2012
    If you can't find the vinyl, pick up a clear vinyl shower curtain or table cloth protector. I've made these for friends, family and co-workers. They are a huge hit and they've found such creative uses for them: backpacks, musical instruments, gym bags, laptop bags. Great way to use up fabric scraps!
  6. Sandra
    Saturday, April 7th, 2012
    Just made two luggage tags out of the Elvis Presley fabric for my mom who is going on an "Elvis" cruise in a couple of weeks! I did not have any real vinyl on hand so cut up some plastic sheet protectors--the kind you put in a 3-ring binder. It might be a bit thinner but it works just the same. Fun tute!
  7. Thursday, March 22nd, 2012
    Do you have any suggestions on where to buy the vinyl?
  8. Monday, December 26th, 2011
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  9. Dana
    Saturday, August 13th, 2011
    You can rub a little bit of baby powder or corn starch on the vinyl so that it doesn't stick to the pressure foot of your sewing machine.
  10. JJ
    Wednesday, March 16th, 2011
    Lovely! But I have 2 questions:

    a) What is the best type of fabric to use? (Keeping in mind that the tags may get wet and the colour may bleed).

    b) Would it be any easier to sew by hand (I'm new to sewing and I'm not too great of friends with my machine!)

  11. Tuesday, February 15th, 2011
    Hi there!
    I love these!!!
    I have one Question: where can you buy Vinyl???
    I live in Germany, and i dont beleave we can buy this here, and i would not know under what German name to search for. So is there a place in the US i could order it online OR can you name me a place to buy it and the exact name, so i could send someone to look for me????
    (All the people in the US I know, do not sew, and if i tell them, "go get me a pice of Vinyl" they would know what to get me!! :O)
    Best Regards from Germany
    • EvaVera
      Sunday, January 21st, 2018
      You can purchase at Joann's website. There are several different thicknesses
      clear shower curtain liners will work as well. Also the plastic that is used to package blankets or other big items.
  12. Martha
    Monday, November 15th, 2010
    I'm really new to sewing, but I'll offer what I can...I found my vinyl before Walmart stopped carrying fabric. I've seen it at my local Hancock, though. I don't have a teflon foot, so I used a piece of tissue paper (like what you stuff in a gift bag) over the vinyl. It's transparent enough that you can see where you're supposed to be sewing but it keeps the vinyl from sticking to a metal foot. After sewing, you just rip the tissue off. I sewed my tags with the business card in it so I could see exactly where to sew.

    I made sewed the two fabric pieces first, right sides together with the loop inside, then turned it out and pressed it flat. Then I put my business card centered on the top of the tag, then I laid the vinyl over that, then the tissue. I stitched around the business card except for across the top, leaving access to remove or change the card. Then I edge-stitched around all four sides. As long as your vinyl is a little below the edge where the loop is, your edge-stitching won't catch it, which is how that edge remains open for the card.

    I hope I made sense!

    Thanks to skiptomylou for taking the time to post the instructions for both versions of the tag!
  13. Krista
    Thursday, November 11th, 2010
    I have the same exact questions as Heidi above!!! :)
  14. Friday, June 4th, 2010
    These are WONDERFUL! I'm making them as favors for my wedding this October and they will double as place cards!! We will see if I can make 300 in 4 months :)

    one Q though... sewing on the vinyl is the last step. Are you sewing it through BOTH pieces of fabric? is the vinyl attached by both (outer and inner) rows of thread? Where can I purchase vinyl? Thank you!!!
  15. Thursday, January 7th, 2010
    SO CUTE! I just made one this morning and it's adorable! To the previous comment from Lisa - you need to buy a Teflon foot for your sewing machine. I believe they're about $7. :)
  16. Lisa
    Tuesday, December 15th, 2009
    Help! The vinyl is sticking to the foot on my sewing machine! Any tips?
  17. Monday, November 16th, 2009
    I whipped one of these up this weekend, so easy. Thanks for the tutorial! (I linked it on my most recent post as well.)
  18. Saturday, November 14th, 2009
    Great gift idea! Thank you for the tutorial... and your fabric choices are delish!
  19. Saturday, November 14th, 2009
    These are going to make great stocking stuffers!
  20. mandylifeboats
    Saturday, November 14th, 2009
    i love these. the vinyl in my LQS is a bit thick; i don't think i want my needle going thru it. i have to find an alternative.
  21. Saturday, November 14th, 2009
    I just finished making two of these for our flight today. Thanks for the tute!
  22. Saturday, November 14th, 2009
    Thank you! Just whipped up 2 for my hubby before he leaves on travel this afternoon. Any tips for keeping the vinyl flat and smooth when sewing it on?
  23. Elizabeth
    Friday, November 13th, 2009
    I'd like to cover the address so that it is not seen by the casual observer. Any suggestions?
    • Friday, November 13th, 2009
      How about just flipping the business card over?
  24. Friday, November 13th, 2009
    Too stinkin cute! I love those luggage tags. Thanks for the idea and the how-to.
  25. Friday, November 13th, 2009
    V. cool. I just made a crayon roll and will now add this to the list. - Thanks for all the great info :)
  26. Friday, November 13th, 2009
    Thanks so much for doing this version! I have several ppl on the gift list that I can make this for.
  27. Jusi
    Friday, November 13th, 2009
    aahh! got it! thank you!! i'm gonna try this out, it'll make beatiful gifts :)
  28. Friday, November 13th, 2009
    Yep, making this one for sure! Thank you again!
  29. Friday, November 13th, 2009
    Now this makes it easier to give it to a teacher!!! Thank you!
  30. Jenny
    Friday, November 13th, 2009
    Love the tag with the vinyl window! Really great gifts! Thanks for the tutorial -- this is such a good way to use all of those fabric scraps!
  31. Deborah Ocasio
    Friday, November 13th, 2009
    I love it!! great idea. I am making these for stocking stuffers. You can also use them as part of a gift as a gift tag.
  32. Jusi
    Friday, November 13th, 2009
    i don't really understand how to sew the vinil... is it like a little window in the fabric or what? is it possible to change the business card?

    thanks and congrats from catalonia, i really like your blog, i'm subscribed to the rss feed :)
    • Friday, November 13th, 2009
      Yes, the vinyl is a pocket that the business card can be removed from. The vinyl is place about a 1/2 down from the strap side edge. You edge stitch all the way around the luggage tag close to the edge to close your turning opening. Sew three side (not across the top) the size of the business card to create a pocket. I hope this helps.
  33. Friday, November 13th, 2009
    just what i was looking for. thanks so much! :D