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Fabric Luggage Tags

Posted by  ·  November 9, 2009  ·  Last Updated: November 9, 2009

These custom fabric luggage tags would make a useful little gift for any friends, family, co-workers or teachers that travel. They are also a great way to use up some fabric scraps.

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Handmade Custom Fabric Luggage Tag Tutorial

To print name and address on fabric, cut white muslin and freezer paper 8 1/2″ X 11″. Iron shiny side of freezer paper to back of fabric. Send paper through an ink jet printer. You can also buy fabric especially made to go through the printer. I also talk about this technique here. Press printing when finished to help set ink. You could even scan in a business card and print that onto the fabric.

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Cut one  3 1/2″ X 5″  piece  of printed fabric with name and address, 1 – 3 1/2 X 5″ piece of fabric,  two  3 1/2″ X 5″ pieces of heavy weight iron on interfacing and one  2″ X 12 piece of fabric for strap.

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Following manufacture’s instructions iron interfacing to wrong side of both 3 1/2″ X 5″ pieces of fabric.

Press strap piece in half lengthwise, open up, press each side to the middle then fold in half. Edge stitch down each side. For an illustrated example see tote bag instructions.

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Pin fabric pieces right sides together. Fold strap in half and place inside the fabric with cut edges sticking out 1/2″. (Make sure not to accidentally stitch into strap as you sew around the edge.)

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Using 1/4″ seam, stitch all the way around the outside edge, leaving an opening for turning.

Clip corners.

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Turn, press, and edge stitch along the outside edge making sure to close the opening. Stitch another row of stitching if desired.

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Here is a tutorial for a

fabric luggage tag for a business card.

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  1. Cheryl Gardner
    Tuesday, August 9th, 2016
    Thank you... really I just can't send this?
  2. Tuesday, April 7th, 2015
    I have listed you on my blog which is related to sewing fabric postcards and tags. Many thanks for your great article. ShereeSews in Michigan
  3. Ali Martinez
    Sunday, September 22nd, 2013
    Thanks for the great tutorial. I made a business card luggage tag for my sister who is traveling for a business conference soon.
  4. Wednesday, April 24th, 2013
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  5. Michelle Emery
    Monday, January 21st, 2013
    Making these for my daughter who will be traveling a lot this summer, love the fact the name is permanent. She wanted tags to match her zebra luggage. May make the leopard print for her friend.

    Thanks
  6. Sunday, January 13th, 2013
    This is such a great idea, and so pretty and easily customized, too. Adding it to the 52 Weeks Project queue. Thanks!
  7. Mary
    Thursday, October 11th, 2012
    Put a clear plastic "sleeve" on one side,and people can put their own label in it.
  8. Monday, July 30th, 2012
    I love these labels. I must make some soon for me !
  9. Katie
    Sunday, June 10th, 2012
    Oh, what a great gift idea for people who love travel! I MUST make some of these for Christmas gifts! If the printed address gets wet, will it smear? I have never used my printer to print on fabric, so I'm wondering how that would work... Thanks for the idea!!
  10. Violet
    Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012
    Thanks for the fabric luggage tags tutorial. A unique and identifiable fabric luggage tag is practical in identifying easily your luggage on the claim rack (as luggage seem to appear the same with their black or brown colors).
  11. Wednesday, March 28th, 2012
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  12. Dee
    Saturday, March 10th, 2012
    Love the fabric ID tags! Do you have any suggestions for making one that would hide the name and address but would be easy to open if necessary, with Velcro maybe?
  13. Sunday, November 13th, 2011
    I don?t even understand how I finished up here, however I believed this post was good. I don't recognise who you are but certainly you are going to a well-known blogger in case you are not already ;) Cheers!
  14. Siam
    Monday, September 5th, 2011
    I'd go just one step further, and only because I like to travel 'safe' and not reveal my personal information to strangers in the airport. Just sew a snap at each end so that you can fold the tag in half and snap together to hide your name, address etc. You'll still know your luggage by the beautiful tag and should it get lost the airline can easily un-snap the tag and get your info.
  15. Wednesday, July 20th, 2011
    I will be paying off my bill in FULL each month, so I will not be charged any interest.. . I have been eyeing up some airmiles credit cards - like the BMI mastercard and the Virgin Atlantic credit card, but are they as good as they sound?. . I know you get flights for free but have to pay taxes, but i have heard of people getting several flights in the US for around a hundred quid and 20,000 airmiles. As soon as you spend on the BMI card, you get 20,000 miles as a "bonus"... . So could someone tell me the pros and cons of these types of credit cards?. . Also, is there a time limit with which you can use your airmiles?. . And ?1 = 1 airmile. Is this literal "miles"? So if a country is 1000 miles away from London, and you spend ?2000, could you then get a free return flight??. . Can someone advise? Thanks.
  16. Monday, November 29th, 2010
    your tags are the perfect present, ideal for just about anybody!
    I will be making some for the family!
  17. Monday, November 29th, 2010
    So cute! I needed those last week! Would love for you to visit me and link up to Made with Love Monday at Sew Chatty! http://sewchatty.blogspot.com
  18. Wednesday, November 10th, 2010
    Love these! I made something similar with a plastic window for my son's violin case but I really want to try printing on fabric!
  19. Teresa Verhoestra
    Saturday, August 7th, 2010
    Great idea I'm going to try this.
  20. meredith
    Monday, August 2nd, 2010
    how do you keep the ink from smudging?
  21. Kristin
    Friday, April 30th, 2010
    Oooh...great idea! Unfortunately I don't have easy access to an ink jet printer, but I figure an iron-on transfer would work okay, too. It's not like the fabric would be flexing and bending much (the prime culprit for transfer degradation). I just made my mom a tote bag for mother's day and this would be a great companion gift for it. Plus, I could make one for my dad for father's day - a matching set! Thanks for the tutorial!
  22. hilary
    Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010
    thanks for this tutorial. i'd never printed on fabric before but now its a new found love! i just made a tag for my son's diaper bag - it's so cute! i see more in my future.
  23. Tuesday, December 15th, 2009
    I made a bunch of these and am using them as gift tags for Christmas gifts. They're helping me use up tiny scraps of fabric and interfacing, and they are really adorable. I'm using bias tape to make the strap because I have enough of it to open my own store, and it works just fine. This was the first time I used freezer paper to let me print on fabric, and it was great!.
  24. Peggy
    Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009
    Great tutorial but I do have one word of advise. We were cautioned not to put our address on our luggage tags for obvious reasons. So now we put just our last name and our contact numbers - home, cell, business.
  25. tango
    Thursday, November 12th, 2009
    So stylish! And these might even survive the baggage carousels. We've resorted to the freebie paper ones the airlines give out as they were the only ones that don't get consumed by the machinery. Hubby and I have both moved on from our respective road warrior careers, but sis still logs airmiles like mad. Guess what she'll be getting in her stocking?! Thank you so much!
  26. Jennifer
    Wednesday, November 11th, 2009
    I have already made two of them!! They look great but the ink runs. It will stay a bit longer if you spray it with Scotchgard.
  27. Wednesday, November 11th, 2009
    It looks great, so much better than those ugly ones that came with my bag. I'll have to try this. Thanks for sharing. I'm having a giveaway if you'd like to stop by later.
  28. Tuesday, November 10th, 2009
    Lovely! I would be thrilled to receive these as a gift. Thanks so much, I'll be linking.
  29. sandy
    Tuesday, November 10th, 2009
    This is a beautiful idea!
    You could use them as the gift tag on the present also. Love it!
  30. Tuesday, November 10th, 2009
    fabulous idea and DIY
  31. Jenny
    Tuesday, November 10th, 2009
    WOW, WOW, WOW!!! These are so cute! What a fabulous gift! Thank you for this great post!
  32. Krista
    Tuesday, November 10th, 2009
    I will also be making these as tags for my Christmas presents. Adults will then have luggage tags and the children will door hangers or book bag tags in addition to their gift.

    Thanks I'm excited to get started on this extra special touch to my gift wrapping.
  33. Tuesday, November 10th, 2009
    This is perfect for my husband's uncle who travels ALL THE TIME for his work!
  34. Tuesday, November 10th, 2009
    Super Idea!!!! I would love to make these as teacher gifts. If only I could find the home address easily... Hmm. Gotta figure out how to get that.
  35. Tuesday, November 10th, 2009
    Fabulous!! Suitcases are so booooring, but add a pretty fabric luggage tag....

    Linked to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:
    http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-fabric-luggage-tags/2009/11/10/

    --Anne
  36. Tuesday, November 10th, 2009
    love love love them
  37. Tuesday, November 10th, 2009
    THESE ARE A.W.E.S.O.M.E!!!!! THANKS!
  38. Monday, November 9th, 2009
    This is one of the best ideas I have seen for scrap-busting and gift-giving. I love it!
  39. Monday, November 9th, 2009
    These are terrific! I'll be making a bunch of these for Christmas presents! Thanks for sharing this!
  40. Monday, November 9th, 2009
    Cindy, these are terrific! I'll be making a bunch of these for Christmas presents! Thanks for sharing this!
  41. Monday, November 9th, 2009
    So great, Cindy! Dang, I wish I got to travel once in a while...