I'm on a roll making Christmas Gift Tags. A few days ago I showed you my sewn gift tags. Today I have some more tags that have been whipped up on the sewing machine. Chances are you'll have everything you require on hand, if you'd like to make some.
All you need is some thick paper or thin cardboard, plus a few fabric scraps.
Left over from a recently wrapped parcel, the bottom of a paper shopping bag was perfect for the tags.
- Draw gift tag shapes on the paper. I traced around an old tag, but you can draw any shape.
- Cut out the paper tags.
- Draw the same tag shape onto scraps of fabric.
- Cut out.
- Place the fabric shape on top of the paper.
- Hold together with clips.
- Using either a long straight stitch, or a zig zag, machine stitch around the tag. I did half and half.
- Punch a hole in the top of the tag. The hole punch I used successfully cut the paper, but not the fabric. Scissors finished the job.
I think I prefer the straight stitching, but I'm also happy with the zig zag. Yes, they'll fray, but that will just add to the charm.
Thanks to Kathy for commenting on my Handmade Christmas Tags, with the suggestion to do basting stitches. I increased the straight stitch length to 3.2, but they still do have the perforated look, which doesn't worry me at all, as it's only on the back, and I'm absolutely certain the recipients won't be examining them up close. Next time, however, I'm going to try a 4 or greater and see how I go.
I definitely prefer the straight stitch on the back.
There was a jeans needle in my machine, so that's what I used. If not, I would have swapped to a quilting needle or another sharp point needle. You may need to experiment with needle types, depending on your sewing machine and the paper weight. If it doesn't sound right, try a different needle.
Make sure you change the needle when you next sew with fabric, as the paper will blunt the needle quickly.
For more details on sewing with paper or card stock, check out my bunting card. There's lots of links to information on sewing cards with paper and card stock.
- Add a ribbon, string, or long thin fabric scraps to the tags and you're ready to wrap some presents. I keep offcuts, sized and ready to be used as ribbons, in a little linen zippered pouch. When wrapping a gift, the bag full of scrappy ribbons is pulled out and I'm good to go.
Mr TMW looked puzzled when he saw me taking photographs. He wondered how I was going to write messages on the fabric, not realising the back was paper.
Challenge #4 of the 12 Days of Christmas DIY Challenges...Use an old cereal box (or another box), plus some supplies you find in your home, to make a Christmas card.
I'm counting my Christmas Tags as having met the challenge. Although the paper shopping bag is not a box, it's a paper/cardboard object that was made to contain something, just as a box is. And it's something I already had
Love you to add your cards that meet the challenge, to the Handmade Cards from Boxes link party.
How are you going with preparations for the festive season?
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