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Luggage Tags by YOU

Updated on November 28, 2014

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

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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?

See results

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.

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    • CruiseReady profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from East Central Florida

      @anonymous: oooo - Black is the most common luggage color. Red is second.

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      6 years ago

      The tags are a great Idea! My luggage is black:)

    • ZenandChic profile image


      6 years ago

      These are very creative! Love it!

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      6 years ago

      I like these luggage tags, I saved the ones I had on my luggage the last time we took a trip abroad.

    • jayceehaynes profile image


      6 years ago

      nice lens :)

    • agoofyidea profile image


      6 years ago

      I love making special luggage tags for special trips. Now I am going to make matching handles.

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      6 years ago

      Very creative you! :))

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      6 years ago

      You know, your custom designs could enjoy a worldwide audience if you travel frequently and let you luggage stay on the carousel a little longer than usual ... hopefully, it is first off and everybody can see your designs! Love it.

    • Coreena Jolene profile image

      Coreena Jolene 

      6 years ago

      Great idea for that handle wrap too! I definitely will be trying this in the future. My husband has been traveling a lot for work. We have used the ribbon and yarn trick. He got so frustrated he took bright red duct tape and put a strip on every side of the luggage. LOL

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      Lee Hansen 

      6 years ago from Vermont

      Great ideas for personalizing DIY luggage tags - you've included some nifty ideas that even a craft-klutz could implement. You stickers designs are cool.

    • MelonyVaughan profile image


      6 years ago

      Brilliant lens! Thanks for sharing!

    • LouisaDembul profile image


      6 years ago

      What a great idea. Will try to sew some luggage tags, it is always so difficult to find your suitcase on the conveyor belt.

    • LisaDH profile image


      6 years ago

      Great ideas. I always hate trying to figure out which black suitcase is mine from the sea of black suitcases.

    • sarahrk lm profile image

      sarahrk lm 

      6 years ago

      Great ideas for identifying luggage, thanks.

    • squid-pinkchic18 profile image


      6 years ago

      These are really cute! And they don't look too difficult either. Usually I just tie a vibrant-patterned piece of fabric around the handle and that does the trick. But these look much nicer!

    • CruiseReady profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from East Central Florida

      @poutine: We love using unique luggage tags. It really does help!

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      6 years ago

      Cool idea and would be easier to find my luggage if I had some of those.

    • WriterJanis2 profile image


      6 years ago

      Very good ideas.

    • SquidooPower profile image


      6 years ago

      What module did you use to list the Squid Angels who have blessed your lens?

    • SquidooPower profile image


      6 years ago

      A great way to help you identify your bags and I've traveled a lot more than most people

    • iPadGeek profile image


      6 years ago

      Superb ideas :) Common threads and poms are out. Should find time to create one some weekend :)

    • TheGourmetCoffe profile image


      6 years ago

      Luggage tags, especially when they are unique, colorful and large, really help identify your luggage faster. Great ideas. Nice lens.

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      6 years ago

      Great lens. I'm also anxious to see a day (and I think it will be soon) where our luggage will have built in RFID chips that we can program - even link to a smartphone - and that the airports can use to track and confirm ownership. RFID is simple, cheap and easy to use for both company and end user. They're are a few early players in the RFID Luggage tag space right now - I'll let your readers Google "RFID luggage tags" if interested. Cheers!

    • sousababy profile image


      7 years ago

      I totally agree, unique luggage tags are the way to go . . whenever I travel, I put something unique (that my daughter made - usually a beaded bracelet type thing) around the handle. Makes finding luggage so much faster. Thanks for the ideas. Take care, Rose

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      sukkran trichy 

      7 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      thanks for the useful tips. ~blessed~

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      7 years ago

      great tips. really useful

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      7 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Nice ideas. I think I'll jazz up my luggage tag with scrapbook paper.

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      Loraine Brummer 

      7 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      a nice and useful gift idea also. Nicely done lens.

    • elyria profile image


      7 years ago

      Awesome ideas about customizing own luggage tags, very creative!

    • Sylvestermouse profile image

      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      7 years ago from United States

      These are great suggestions, especially for people like my husband who insist on carrying just black luggage. He can never find his luggage easily either :) However, I have no trouble spotting my flower luggage. LOL

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      June Campbell 

      7 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      What a great idea. I belong to a paper crafting group. I am going to make luggage tags for a swap.

    • rasisonia lm profile image

      rasisonia lm 

      7 years ago

      Very creative luggage tags.. thanks for sharing..

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      7 years ago

      What a great project for wonderful personalized fun...and making luggage easier to find in a sea of baggage!

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      Indigo Janson 

      7 years ago from UK

      What great ideas for creating cute and stylish luggage tags.

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      7 years ago

      My wife loves socks so we always get her a few unique pairs before the flight to differentiate our luggage. That way we have unique luggage tags and she has remembrances of our trips after we get back home.

      With so many bags that look just alike and the amount of theft at airports, it is always a good idea to make your stand out.

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      capriliz lm 

      7 years ago

      These would be perfect for any traveler.

    • Diana Wenzel profile image

      Renaissance Woman 

      7 years ago from Colorado

      A customized tag sure makes it easier to spot your luggage in the baggage claim area. Plus, it's nice to be distinctive. :-)

    • UKGhostwriter profile image


      7 years ago

      Very useful lens, I've got my daughter on the case! (pardon the pun)

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      Mary Norton 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This is a great idea. I have a hard time finding good travel tags.

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      7 years ago

      What clever ideas! i have a friend who has poor eyesight. She still travels quite a bit but is always complaining that she has a hard time finding her luggage.

    • kjscreations profile image


      7 years ago

      All the luggage always looks alike & I always forget which bag I took with me! These are great!

    • jlshernandez profile image


      7 years ago

      It is always great to find your luggage in the carousel when something you have made stands out. Great lens. Blessed by a SquidAngel.

    • emmaklarkins profile image


      7 years ago

      Great idea! I often worry about finding my luggage!


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