Sunday, 17 June 2012

Going, Going, Gone... The Luggage Label Tutorial

The first time I went to New York was a disaster, especially as I arrived there in a pair of BA pajamas (the stewardess decided I would look better wearing my red wine...), the car that was picking me up was booked for the wrong time (note to self, not everyone can cope with a 24 hour clock) but it would have been much worse if I had not checked the bag I picked up off the carousel which had to be mine... except where did those rather scuzzy Y fronts come from?  That is the moment that I realised you need something to mark out your luggage from the herd... and I am not talking about sticky multi-coloured tape on your case but something a little more sophisticated, your very own luggage label to chime in with where you are going.
So let's get our kit together, you will need:
A fat quarter
A piece of mega, heavy duty inter-facing (it should be stiffer than a cornflake packet)
Pins, needle, thread and scissors
Pen and paper
Iron and ironing board, an if you have one an applique iron is really helpful


Draw a square 8" long by 4.5" wide, mark it at 6" on both sides and 1.25" from the edge on both sides on the top, draw a line from these marks.  Cut four from the fabric.
Now repeat this but an inch smaller, so a 7" long x 3.5" wide square, mark at 5" on both sides and 1.25 from the edge on both sides on the top, draw a line from these marks.  Cut two from the interfacing.
Pin two pieces of fabric, with right sides facing.  Now place one piece of interfacing on top of the fabric, 1/2" away from every raw edge.  Sew it into place as close to the edge of the interfacing as you can but leaving an  opening at the base of the label of 2".  Trim away the excess as close to the seam and you dare, then turn the label inside out and press it into place, tuck the opening in.  This is where your irons will start to come into themselves, take your time and manipulate it into place.
Now cut out a square in the middle of the other piece of interfacing - half an from each of the three straight sides and join up to complete the square. 
 Pin the fabric right sides together and pin the interfacing on top, sew around the inside of the square as close to the edge as possible.  Cut out the inside square of fabric, you will find it easiest to do this by cutting from corner to corner.  Roll the seam between between your fingers as it will be bulky and need persuasion from you and the iron to lie flat. Now sew around it close to the edge yet again, take it slow and steady to get a straight neat result.
Now fold the top fabric of the frame over the interfacing and iron, then repeat this with the reverse side, do this slowly with the aid of your iron, you may need to manipulate it very firmly.  On the two slanted sides, put in a pin 1.5 down from the top on each side and sew into place.
Now place your frame on top of the covered back and sew it together from the pins, which will leave the top open.  Slip stitch across the top.
Cut out a piece of fabric, 22" long by 2.5" wide.  Fold it in half lengthwise, sew across the top and down the length of the seam using a quarter of an inch seam allowance.  Trim the seam and use a knitting needle to turn the strip inside out.  Press the tie flat, tuck in the raw edge and slip stitch it into place.  Thread the tie through the opening in the luggage tag.


Now what I would dearly love to do is embroider my name and address and insert it into the tag... but until I save my pennies or get sponsored by a major sewing machine maker (all offers seriously considered!), we will make do with a piece of paper to make sure I don't lose my luggage.
And now it time to pop over and take a look at Handmade Monday where Wendy has some exciting news to share!

22 comments:

tillymintboutique said...

Will give this a go for my holiday to paris! :-) x

Ali said...

Thanks for the great tutorial. I'll certainly be making some of these. Ali x

Highland Monkey's said...

Thanks for taking the time to do a tutorial. I really like this luggage label, gorgeous material.

Caroline Nash said...

A neat idea thank you

CHRISTMAS PIE CRAFTS said...

BA pyjamas? Very snazzy outfit to hit New York in. Love the label though - a great idea as despite thinking our own luggage is distinctive, so do several other people. Hope you have a good week.

Wendy said...

Superb. Everyone needs at least one. And I hope those machine manufacturers are watching and know a good promo opp when they see one. x

Fiddly Fingers said...

Great idea! I know where to come next time I go on holiday!

Free Spirit Designs said...

such a great idea! these would make lovely little gifts too, if you knew someone off on their travels :)

Deborah Fox said...

I agree that these would make a great gift for friends and family off to an exciting destination. Nice little tutorial, thank you. x

Stef said...

Another brilliant idea to steal. Thanks Ros!

CarolC1 said...

You could not have blogged about anything better at the moment as we are off on 21st July and I have a horror of losing my luggage. A hunt through my stash will certainly find something very 'loud' and that is what I will do. Thanks.

Picto said...

A great idea to make your luggage stand out, thank you for sharing.

Jan x

knitnrun4sanity said...

What a great idea. It is a shame I am not flying off anywhere in the near future. :(

Tickled Pink said...

Next time I jet off somewhere (probably in about 20 years time at this rate) I will have to remember to pinch this idea! Looks fantastic, and nobody else will have anything like it, unless, of course, we all travel to the same place at the same time!

butterflyblossom said...

You always do such brilliantly useful tutorials! Thank you! X

CatkinJane said...

What a great idea - so much better for identifying your luggage than just tying a bit of ribbon around the handle, much more style!

fatmonica said...

What a great way to personalize your luggage.Love it!

Mrs A. said...

Great tutorial. Very easy to understand. Thanks . Hugs Mrs A.

Deborah Jennings said...

Love this! I think I'm gonna have to make me some of these. As for the embroidered name and address, how about hand embroidery? I think that is what I am going to do.

Thank you so much for this!

Mythillogical said...

I think I may have to book another holiday just as an excuse to make one of these!

Caroline Nash said...

Oops sorry about the machine trawl but it is fun

mkonieczki said...

These luggage tags are adorable! I bet they make identifying your checked luggage on the carousel a breeze!