How organised am I. It's only November and I've whipped up a few Christmas tags! They literally take minutes to make.
Funny story behind these tags - I fully intended to make a card, joining in with the 12 Days of Christmas Challenges #4: Handmade Cards from Boxes. It always pays to thoroughly read instructions! I read the bit about supplies you find in your home, but the not the main part about using cereal (or other) boxes.
Not a problem - I still have a bunch of Christmas tags that utilise materials I had on hand. Nothing new bought!
I bought several packets of very thin card stock ages ago. Measuring 6" x 4", it's perfect for tags - the right price, colour, size and thickness.
- Fold card stock in half.
- Type and print the required words
- Cut around the words
- Sew rectangle of paper onto the front of the card.
I just held the paper in place as I sewed - no need to adhere it in any way to the card stock.
Precision is not necessary to make cute tags. If you look closely, you'll notice that some of my stitching is a little wonky and I just eyeballed cutting out the rectangles. It's the overall look that counts.
I still have a few more to make. Think I'll change the text to red for the next lot.
I used a jeans needle, because that's what was in my machine. 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 card stock 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 card stock will blunt the needle quickly.
For more details on sewing with card stock, check out my bunting card. There's lots of links to information on sewing cards with paper and card stock.
Thanks to Joy for commenting on my bunting card with the tip to use large stitches. I set my machine to 3.
My Christmas tags were a bit of an experiment, and one that paid off. For next to no cost, and with very little effort, I've made a bunch of unique tags I'm very happy with.
I'll be adding my tags to the Gift Wrapping link party here at Threading My Way, and to Ho Ho Ho and on We Sew when it opens on 18th.
Have you ever experimented with sewing cards?
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