I have big dreams of traveling again someday. Maybe it will happen this year, or maybe that’s just wishful thinking. Either way, I decided to be proactive and make a new luggage tag or two so I would have at least one thing done if we ever start planning a trip.
- Sturdy woven fabric or canvas
- Clear vinyl (I used a bag that some sheets came in)
- Fusible interfacing: fleece or heavy depending on how sturdy your fabric is and how stable you want the tag to be.
- Sewing machine (preferably with denim needle or one made for thicker fabrics)
- Basic sewing supplies
- Optional: double-sided tape or wash-away wondertape
- Template pieces: download, print, and cut
- Front outer fabric (1)
- Front inner fabric (1)
- Clear vinyl piece (1)
- Back fabric (2)
- Back interfacing (2)
Let’s Get Sewing!
- Center the inner fabric piece on top of the outer piece right sides together and pin to hold them in place.
- Place the cut-out template piece on the inner fabric and make sure it’s centered.
- Trace around the 3”x2” cut-out piece.
- Sew around the traced rectangle.
- Cut out the center of the rectangle (shown in the photo with the “X” through it) leaving a ⅛” seam allowance.
- Push the smaller (inner) piece through the hole flipping it to the backside of the larger piece so they are now wrong sides together. Press well around the seam allowance.
- Fold the edges of the larger (outer) piece towards the back along the edges of the inner piece and press.
- Place your clear vinyl piece on the backside of the cutout and use pins, double-sided tape, or wash-away wondertape to hold it in place.
- Going back to the pressed edges of the outer piece, trim off the corners of both the inner and outer pieces on all 4 corners.
- Fold the corners in like you are wrapping a present then fold each side down to cover the edges of the clear vinyl and pin it in place.
- Sew around the edge with a ¼” seam allowance.
- On one short end, find the center and attach the top (smooth) part of the snap.
- Center the interfacing on the backside of both of your back pieces and iron on to adhere them.
- Place the two back pieces right sides together and pin around the edges leaving most of one short side open.
- Sew around the rectangle ¼” away from the interfacing making sure to leave most of one short side open.
- Trim off the excess fabric leaving the extra fabric along the open section.
- Turn right side out, fold the extra fabric along the opening to the inside, and press.
- Take your two loop strips, pin them right sides together and sew down both long sides with a ¼” seam allowance.
- Turn the strip right side out and press.
- Fold one short end in and sew it in place.
- Optional: topstitch the strip.
Putting the Pieces Together
- Find the center of the back piece on the open end and hold the loop strip against it.
- Fold the strip into a loop and match it up with the snap.
- Decide how long you want the loop to be and mark ½” further down the strip. Cut off excess where you marked.
- Slide the raw end of the loop into the opening of the back piece, make sure it is centered and pin it in place.
- Sew along the open end with a ¼” seam allowance sewing back and forth over the loop end several times.
- Stack the front piece on top of the back piece and pin along all the edges except for the loop end.
- Sew the two parts together with a ¼” seam allowance. Try to sew over the previous stitching on the top piece.
- Fold the loop over to the snap and attach the opposite side of the snap to the end of the loop.