Thursday, November 8, 2012

HCB: Embroidered Gift Tags Tutorial

Well, it's week four of the Holiday Craft Bash!

This week's topic was open for interpretation, and I chose to make a pile of embroidered gift tags! Be sure to check out the adorable Charlie Brown ornaments that Jessica made! You can also make a lovely table topper via Debbie and some super cute Christmas tree coasters over at Meredith's blog! As always, please add any projects you make to the flickr group for a chance at the weekly prize!

List of materials:
Linen scraps (I use Essex linen)
Scraps of fabric
Fusible interfacing (scraps are okay!), I use Pellon SF 101
Water-soluble pen
Perle cotton or embroidery thread
Baker's twine, yarn scraps

1) Iron interfacing onto linen scraps.
2) Using a water-soluble pen, draw your designs onto the scraps. Make sure your designs stay near the center of the linen, so you don't lose it in the seam allowance.
3) Using your Perle cotton or embroidery thread, stitch up your designs!
4)Now, trim down your linen to a smaller size. Mine are approx. 5" x 3".
Trim your print fabrics to the same size.
5)Using a small piece of baker's twine or yarn, lay the linen and prints right sides together, with the twine inserted between the layers. There should be a loop between the fabrics, with the ends outside.
6) Stitch around all four edges. Make sure you use a shorter stitch length (I used 1.5) when stitching over the baker's twine! Also, leave a small opening to turn out the tag.
7)Flip the right sides out, clip corners and press.
8)Topstitch, and you're done!
Repeat as desired.
These tags will work for year-round gift-giving and can be personalized to your heart's content!


  1. so cute! i may make a couple for M's bday presents, but since i'm lazy, i'll rubber stamp them instead of embroidering!

  2. These are FANTASTIC! I really love them and think I'll be trying some out this Christmas.

  3. these are really cute jacey and i love that they can be used not just for christmas but for whenever!

  4. I like that these are reusable...assuming one can retrieve them from the gift recipient!

  5. Oh these are cute!! And the perfect use for the itty bitty scraps!


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