If you haven’’t booked a summer holiday already then you’re probably starting to think about it. I know I’m starting to dream of a few days in the sun and getting away from it all.

Although I must say, the bit about holidays I hate is the travelling. Delays, lost luggage and even the little things like waiting for your suitcase at the carousel after a long flight. Unless you’ve got a very distinctive suitcase, you are constantly thinking: ‘is that my standard navy bag heading towards us?’ So I thought making a simple (and pretty) luggage tag would help to make my suitcase stand out from afar!

 

here's what you'll need...

  • Fabric at least 15cm x 12xm
  • Thin card (approx 160-200gsm)
  • Ribbon
  • Ruler
  • Basic sewing kit
  • Sewing machine (optional)

Luggage Tag materials

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here's how it's done...

  • 1

    Cut your fabric to 15cm x 12cm, and then fold in half vertically with the right sides facing together.

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  • 2

    On the side where you raw edges meet, mark a hemline approx 1cm in from the edge, and another one along the bottom edge. Trim off the two bottom corners.

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  • 3

    Stitch along the hemlines you’ve marked, either on your sewing machine or by hand. Turn it out the right way. Measure and cut out a piece of card the same width and about 1cm shorter in height. Place inside the pouch you’’ve created.

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  • 4

    Cut a length of ribbon, fold over and place in the open end of your tag. Fold in the two sides, and the raw edges across the top. You may wish to tack this in place.

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  • 5

    Topstitch around the entire perimeter of your tag, as close to the edge as you can.

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  • 6

    It’’s super easy, and is a great way to use up any scraps of fabric you have. I made mine with a little bit of Liberty fabric I had left over.

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    I think they even look nice for accessorising a plain handbag!

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By Caroline Rowland on 27.05.14

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