This year I decided to clear out the box I keep my tags in. It was my grandmother's, given to me years ago filled with vintage tags, along with a bunch of wrapping paper she was getting rid of. It's a sturdy box and the perfect size for tags, and ... did I mention it was my grandmother's? She loved Christmas so much and, as I've mentioned before, wrapped her gifts with such an artistic eye, that throwing out her tag box would be unthinkable.
|One of Gram's tags|
So after disposing of bits of ribbon, string, and card stock too tiny to save (plus some dust) I was left with a fairly neat and full box of tags. Among them there was one handmade tag I'd made years ago and wanted to share with you all.
I think the idea may have come from Gooseberry Patch originally, but I tweaked it somewhat. I made loads of these to label gift mixes I was making for our elderly parents. There was room inside to write down the particulars of preparing some of the mixes.
If you would like to make some, here is what I did. You will need: blank 3 x 5-inch index cards, scraps of Christmas fabric, pencil, scissors, fusible web, cookie cutters or other templates for designs, hole punch, crochet cotton, fine point permanent marker, buttons and hot glue. Fold the index card in half and crease it. Punch a hole in the corner, going through both layers. Fuse fabric to web and trace desired designs on the paper side; then fuse the fabric shape to the front of the tag. Hot glue a button to the center of the design if you like. Use the permanent marker to make little "stitch marks" around the outer edge of the fabric shape. Cut a short length of crochet cotton and thread it through the holes in the corner of the tag. You are finished!
When ready to use, write whatever message you like inside the tags.
Why not make up a bunch and have them ready for next Christmas? When I did these before, I did the same fused fabric/button technique on plain old paper lunch bags, and they came out so cute. I used them for the mixes. This year, I found some white lunch bags at Walmart, and they would be great for this, though the brown ones look very nice.
I've been making lots of projects (mug rugs, place mats) out of my Christmas fabric stash,
|"Christmas Tea" mug rugs|
|Front and back of another set of mug rugs made for a friend|
|Pieced placemat -- I am making a set of ten; I have completed five.|