In preparation for our trip to New York I thought I'd make some luggage tags to make it easier to spot my bag at the baggage carousel. I brought in reinforcements from Fun to Craft for help. After the second or third time I had this down and was in my groove. I didn't spend any money on these either. Just used what I had lying around the house.
***Note: sewing vinyl is a pain. It moves around or sticks to the machine as you're trying to sew. Put paper on top of the vinyl and it moves like butter and doesn't pull or stretch the fabric!
First cut out your fabric. I used the dimensions found in the tutorial, next time I may make them a bit smaller.
Main Fabric Cuts:
(1) 4 x 5 1/2 inches
(1) 4 x 4 1/2 inches
Coordinating Fabric Cuts:
(1) 4 x 5 1/2 inches
(1) 2 x 12 inches
(whatever thickness of interfacing you prefer)
(2) 3 1/2 x 5 inches
Vinyl (if desired)
About a 3 x 3 1/2 inch piece
I assembled all the separate parts first and then I was ready to assemble the end product. It was nice to have all the parts ready to be sewed. So first do the straps. Fold your long piece in half, lengthwise and iron. Unfold and iron each end into the fold line . Then fold down your already pressed middle again so the raw edges are tucked in and iron. You now should have a 1/2" piece that is 4 layers thick. Sew straight down the handle
Next: iron interfacing to the wrong sides of your 4 x 5 1/2 pieces. Be sure to iron the fabric side, not the interfacing side- it will ruin your iron.
Center the vinyl piece to the right side of your 4 x 4 1/2 inch piece. (I followed the directions the first time on the tutorial but the frays annoyed me, when I sewed on the right side of the fabric the frays will be under the vinyl and less noticeable.)
Use a zig zag stitch all the way around the vinyl. then carefully cut a slit into the fabric center directly under the vinyl as close to the stitch as you can. Do not cut the vinyl!
Next: Piecing together. Do as I say: lay right side up your main piece, next lay right side up your vinyl piece, then put your coordinating piece right side down. Sew three sides, leaving top open to slip in your address paper.
Next: Trim the corners and turn right sides out Next: Fold raw edges under and put your handle in the middle. Sew the whole open edge and Voila! You are done!I made 5, more than enough and hardly any time at all to make!