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Luggage Tags by YOU
Unique Luggage Tags - Find Your Bags Easily
Have you ever been frustrated by trying to find your suitcase in a sea of other similar bags on a crowded luggage carousel? Cruise terminals can be even worse, with row up on row of bags that you must look through to find yours.
Some people tie a length of red yarn, or a yellow pom pom on each of their bags to help them easily spot them. BUT what if someone else decided to use a piece of red yarn on their black suitcase? Could happen, you know!
This lens will show you the solution, which is to make your own unique luggage tags and/or handle wraps. Some involve sewing, and some do not. Anyone can make their own unique luggage tags in one way or another. See which of these ways is your favorite.
Photo: Tag and Handle Wrap by me
For the Seamstress - How to Sew Your Own Luggage Tags
Even a beginning seamstress should be able to follow the directions in these videos. I did! The luggage tag shown in the intro photo is one I made. I just went to the fabric store and looked around until I found a fabric I liked, which happened to be a nautical print. So, go, pick a great printed fabric that really appeals to you, and get started.
Here's the video that will get you started. And I am here to tell you, It's a good video - IT WORKS! I tend to have a hard time with sewing, but I followed this video, and ended up actually making luggage tags. YIPPEE, I did it!
There are actually several in the series - one for each step in the process. Here's the first:
Make a Matching Handle Wrap
from the Same Material
After making the luggage tag, I decided it would be nice to have a matching handle wrap, but there wasn't a video for that. So are instructions for how I did it:
1 - Cut out a) two pieces of fabric, about 5.5" x 7.5" and b) one piece of pelon one inch smaller each way
2 - Press the pelon to the wrong side of one of the pieces of fabric.
3 - With right sides facing, sew the two pieces of fabric almost all the way around, leaving an opening in one end for turning. Use a 1/4" to 1/2" seam.
4 - Turn the piece right side out, fold in the raw edges of the opening, and seam it up.
5 - Press.
6 - Sew a finishing stitch all the way around, about 1/4" from the edge, for strength. It also gives the piece a more finished look.
7 - Cut two strips of press-on Velcro, and press one on to opposite sides of each each end. making sure to match them up.
Photo: my own
If you Don't Sew - You Can Still Make Your Own Luggage Tags
If you don't want to sew your own unique luggage tags, there are some other options, which involve simply affixing things to inexpensife plastic tags. More about that in a minute.
But first, if you'd prefer the path of least resistance - an online purchase - here are some interesting choices in luggage tags, luggage spotters, and handle wraps from Amazon.
Spruce 'em up with Scissors and Glue
Easily Decorate Plain Luggage Tags from the Store
For a quick and easy luggage tag project that even the kids can do, all you need is:
Inexpensive plastic luggage tags (available at most discount stores)
Glue that is recommended for use on plastic
Heavy construction paper or thin vinyl fabric
Cut favorite shapes out of the construction paper or vinyl, and glue them on the plain backs of the luggage tags.
After printing your information on the id cards, glue mataching or coordinating shapes on the plain side of the cards.
Insert the cards with the glued on shaps facing out.
Photo: my own
Even Easier Custom Bag Tags
Using Stick on Labels
In my Zazzle Gallery, CruiseReady on Zazzle, I've designed some one and a quarter inch by two and three eighth inch stick-on labels that you can just affix to the plain back of the luggage tag and id card to turn those inexpensive plastic luggage tags (like the ones shown in the previous section) into custom designed ones. The stickers come on sheets of 18.
Here's an example of one of the designs
Which Type of Luggage Tag Might You Try? - (a poll)
Do you think you might try to make your own special luggage tag or handle wrap? If so, which kind do you think you might try?
Which type are YOU more likely to make?
Custom Tags to Buy
Buy custom Luggage Tags from Zazzle
Zazzle now has Luggage Tags. Some are designed as luggage spotters to help you find your bags. Others can be customized with your name or other text on one or both sides.
Here's one with a desert scene on it.
There are many more tags there, in all sorts of colors, patterns, and themes. Some are scenic, some are funky, while others are humorous. There's something for every taste there.
Please leave word that you were here! What do you think of the idea of customizing your own tags? Have you ever done it? Might you do it sometime?
You cal also just say "hello," if you want. Comments are welcome and appreciated.