101DIYdiy projects

sewing 101: luggage tags

by Brett

It’s summertime, and the sewing is easy! Chances are, you’re not in the mood to lock yourself inside this month to work on a complicated sewing project, but if you’re looking for some instant crafty gratification to whip up on your way out the door to vacation, this luggage tag is just the thing. You can sew one in an hour or so, and then head off to wherever you’re going knowing your suitcase will be joining you on the other side. (These are great hostess gifts, too, so make extras if you’re vacationing in someone’s home.) Let’s get started! — Brett Bara

Read the full how-to after the jump!


  • two 5-inch squares of a medium-weight fabric
  • two 5-inch squares of heavy-weight fusible interfacing
  • one 3 1/2″ square of clear vinyl
  • ribbon or cord, about 10″
  • thread to match your fabric
  • straight pins
  • scissors
  • tissue paper
  • sewing machine
  • iron


1. Fuse the interfacing:

With a hot iron, fuse each piece of interfacing to the wrong side of each fabric square.

2. Sew the squares:

Pin the two pieces of fabric together, and sew around all four sides using a 1/2″ seam allowance. Leave an opening on one side as shown.

Trim the fabric from the point of each corner, and then turn the piece right side out, carefully working through the opening you left in the stitching.

Iron the piece flat, turning under the raw edges at the opening.

3. Insert the cord:

Cut a piece of ribbon or cord a little more than twice the length of your square.

Insert both ends into the opening on the square, sandwiching it between both layers.

Sew along that edge of the square, about 1/3″ from the edge of the fabric (this will close the opening and hold the cord in place).

4. Attach the vinyl window:

Leaving the needle in the fabric at the spot where you finished sewing the first edge, pivot the fabric and get ready to sew down the next edge — but first, place your vinyl piece over the fabric (you will now be sewing the vinyl in place, along the next three edges).

Since your sewing machine can’t glide over the sticky vinyl, place a strip of tissue paper over the vinyl before you begin sewing.

Pivot at each corner, placing tissue paper along each of the three edges. Stop sewing when you reach the point where you began sewing the first edge, making a complete square of stitching all around the tag with the vinyl attached along three sides.

This is how it will look when you’re done. Now, gently tear away the tissue paper and discard it.

Slide a card with your info into the pocket, and you’re done! (Note: If you know that your contact info won’t change, you can stitch the vinyl around all four sides, making your contact info even more secure.)

Bon voyage!

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