Hope you're all enjoying your summer and have found some time to get away and go on holiday. This is a perfect tutorial for us jet-setters. Its dead easy and will take you next to no time to make. And a luggage tag is very practical, a definite must-have accessory for your suitcase!! You hear so many horror stories about people's suitcases going missing or being sent out on the wrong flight, I'm now so paranoid about never seeing my luggage again when you hand it over at check in! I recently went to central Europe and ended up using a makeshift tag out of cardboard and string to jot down a return address. Its needless to say this poor attempt at a luggage tag was rather tatty and completely unreadable at the end of my trip. I got my hands on a scrap of leather for £1.20 off eBay and set to work on making a much more durable, and cute, luggage tag.
To give this tutorial a go, you will need: Scrap of leather (or oilcloth material would also work well), pen, paper, scissors, hole punch, thin sheet of acetate (can be made without), superglue, coloured thread, needle, shoelace, paperclips.
Step 1. Create a paper template of a basic tag shape. Cut this out and draw around it twice on the reverse side of the leather.
Step 2. On one of the tag shapes draw a heart shape for the window of the tag. Cut out the tags and the heart shape.
Step 3. Using a hole punch, create a hole at the top of both the tags in roughly the same position.
Step 4. Cut out enough acetate to cover the heart shape. Using superglue, stick the acetate to the back of the leather. If you don't have acetate you can always leave this step out.
Step 5. Hand stitch around the the edge of the heart shape.
Step 6. Align both the tags with the holes sitting on top of one another. Trim off any excess leather to neaten it up. Secure this position using paperclips ( much easier than pins!).
Step 7. Stitch around the edge of the tag. Remember, don't stitch up the bottom as this is where you will insert your address!
Step 8. Poke both end of the shoelaces through the hole and then back through the loop. Pull them tight to secure the laces on.
Now add your address so your beloved belongings will always find their way home.
Voila! All done!
A simple design yet very effective! Using leather definitely gives it a good quality feel. And it only cost me £1.20 for the leather. Cheap as chips! I'm lucky enough to be going over to Lyon in France with my family in 2 weeks time so I'll be putting this little make to good use very soon! And of course it will be coming with me when team TWB jet off to AMERICA in September!! Just a little bit excited about that...
What do you think? Where abouts are you going this summer? Any exotic travels planned? Give this DIY a go and let us know how you get on!
Lots of love
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