Forget boring black luggage! Customize your travel essentials with unique designs and DIY projects that complement your own personal style. Fabric luggage tags are quick to sew and only require a fat quarter of fabric (we recommend Lightweight Cotton Twill), making them the perfect project or gift for anyone with the travel bug. Watch the video below, or follow along with the step by step tutorial.
Here’s what you’ll need for this project:
- (3) 4 x 6” rectangles of your chosen fabric (we’re using Spoonflower’s Lightweight Cotton Twill)
- We’re using Flight Path by cblaine222
- (1) 3 ½ x 5 ½” rectangle of fusible interfacing
- (1) 3 x 5” rectangle of clear material or vinyl (optional)
- Fabric scissors
- Regular scissors (if using vinyl)
- Sewing machine
- Grommet and grommet punch
Cut Out your Pattern Pieces
Cut out all pattern pieces from your fabric of choice (and clear material if using).
You should have three pieces of your main fabric measuring 4 x 6” and one piece measuring 3 ½ x 5 ½ ”.
Create the Front of the Luggage Tag
To make the front of your luggage tag, fuse your piece of interfacing to the wrong side of one fabric rectangle.
Take the interfaced fabric and draw a box 1″ from the bottom of tag measuring 2 x 3 ½” on the interfaced side.
Draw a line matching opposite corners of your box, creating an “X” on the inside of your box. (This will eventually be your name window).
Starting from the center, cut the frame open following the “X” you drew on the inside of the box up to (but not through!) the outline. Once cut, press the triangles toward the wrong side of the fabric creating an open frame.
Press the top edge of your tag front toward the wrong side by ½”. Press all other edges toward the wrong side by ¼”.
Optional: If installing a clear material into the front window, place your piece of clear material on the wrong side of the tag front, sandwiching the top of the clear material in the top ½” fold you just created. Stitch along the top of the tag front with a ¼” top stitch. Make sure to sew through all layers of the fabric and clear material.
Topstitch around the frame opening with a ¼” seam allowance. Set aside.
Create the Back of the Luggage Tag
To make the back of your luggage tag, match up your two remaining fabric rectangles with right sides together. Pin in place and stitch with a ¼” seam allowance, leaving a 1-2” gap at the bottom of the tag.
Clip excess fabric from all corners at an angle and flip the tag right side out.
Fold and press the tag nice and flat, making sure to press the gap edges towards the inside of your tag to create a clean edge.
Assemble and Finish the Luggage Tag
Place your tag front on top of your tag back with wrong side of tag front facing right side of tag back, matching up the bottom and side edges. Make sure the unstitched edge of your tag back is lined up with the tag front. Topstitch through all layers of your luggage tag along the two long sides and bottom with a ¼” seam allowance.
Tip: When you topstitch the front and back tag layers together, the opening of the short edge on the luggage tag back will be stitched shut.
Leave the top open so that you can slide your name tag or info card into your luggage tag!
Insert the Grommet
Insert a grommet into the top of your luggage tag. Use ribbon, rope, or fabric straps to attach to your luggage and get ready for your next adventure!