DIY Luggage Tag Save-the-Dates
Shared by Kristin Lindquist, Santa Barbara Bride-to-Be
Randy, a native New Yorker, and myself, a native of Chicago, moved to Santa Barbara 9 months before our engagement. Enamored by the beauty of Santa Barbara we couldn’t resist getting married in our new home. With our decision, we became focused on creating a personalized celebration – and with that, help our largely out-of-state guests to become excited to join us in California. Save-the-Dates were the first item to get checked off our list and we were on the lookout for inspiration. Randy and I continually found ourselves returning to the idea of travel as not only would our guests travel from 18 different states but we ourselves met on a trip to the Galapagos Islands, spent the first year of our relationship living long distance (New York and Ohio), Randy moved to be with me in Ohio, and we ultimately moved together to California. Inspired by our frequently-used suitcases, our idea began to take form.
As a lover of “projects”, creating a luggage tag was exciting. I used etsy and fabric as inspiration and got to work. After experimenting with all of my materials (a.k.a. many failed attempts with the right interfacing – to iron, to sew, to glue; the right weight of vinyl – too thick and too thin; the right grommet – too big, too small, not the right color; the tag – to stamp, to print…) the final product was almost there – except for my one major battle: me versus vinyl. Literally hours were spent attempting to sew the vinyl to the fabric. I used different weights of thread, different weights of vinyl, different types of fabric, different needles, and I even bought a different sewing machine. Nonetheless, the sewing machine would inevitably jam and the vinyl would bunch. 100 luggage tags was a seemingly un-reachable goal and my project was not fun anymore. That was until my fiance came to the rescue. A researcher at UCSB, one night Randy had had enough of my failed trials without exploring the existing “data”. A literally 1 minute google search and 5 minutes of perusing the results later, Randy pressed play on his lap top and walked away. For the next 10 minutes I listened to an online tutorial of how to sew vinyl. The missing link was lubricant on the presser foot. Randy came back into the living room and placed a bottle of lubricant he used on his bicycle next to me, kissed me on the forehead and went back to work. I was reminded of what a catch I had for a fiance. He knew I couldn’t take the talk after all my spent energy with such a simple solution but was there to help in the most subtle but effective way (although, with a grin he does occasionally reminded me of how wonderful he was – especially when he wants something.). In the end, I (we) finally found the perfect combination and were then able and excited to share our wedding announcement with our guests.
Luggage Tag Materials:
- Fabric (4″ wide x 12″ tall/tag – fabric will be folded in half)
- Vinyl (4″ wide x 5″ tall/tag)
- Interfacing (4″ wide x 6″ tall/tag)
- Grommet (1/tag)
- Ribbon (10″/tag)
- Insert (printed by Lazaro Press)
- Sewing machine
- Lubricant (for sewing machine presser foot)
- Zig Zag fabric scissors
- Spray adhesive
- Paper clips
- Hammer (for grommet tool)
- Cut 4″ x 12″ fabric rectangles with straight cut scissors in needed quantity
- Iron fabric (free of wrinkles) and iron fabric in half (crisp crease)
- Cut 4″ x 6″ interfacing rectangles with straight cut scissors in needed quantity
- Cut 4″ x 5″ vinyl rectangles with straight cut scissors in needed quantity
- Cut 10″ ribbon strips with straight cut scissors in needed quantity
6. Open fabric with decorative side down. Spray glue on non-decorative side of fabric. Place interfacing on one side of non-decorative side of fabric. Fold fabric onto interfacing. Press to secure and work out wrinkles.
7. Use a few paperclips to secure vinyl in place on folded fabric (should be aligned to open end of fabric, 1″ away from fold).
8. Lubricate bottom of presser foot (Put lubricant on paper towel and slide under presser foot lightly). Using zig zag stitch, sew vinyl onto fabric (around 3 edges leaving top near fold open) leaving 1/4″ border. Reinforce starting and ending points with reverse stitch.
9. Cut around outside border with zig zag scissors (trimming interfacing, fabric and vinyl with same cut)
10. Cut small hole 1/4″ from fabric fold and centered to insert grommet (slightly folding fabric in half and making cut is helpful). Insert grommet in hole. Use grommet tool on strong surface to secure grommet.
11. Thread ribbon through secured grommet. Tie in knot. Trim ends with same cut.
12. Insert prepared announcement/contact tag.
Luggage Tag insert by Lazaro Press
Top 2 photos by Kristen Beinke, DIY photos provided by Kristin Lindquist