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.
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.
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.
Following manufacturer’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.
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.)
Using 1/4″ seam, stitch all the way around the outside edge, leaving an opening for turning.
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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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?
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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.
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.
your tags are the perfect present, ideal for just about anybody!
I will be making some for the family!
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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!
Great idea I’m going to try this.
how do you keep the ink from smudging?
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!
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.
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!.
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.
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!
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.