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Posted 2016-11-29 by Oxford Explorerfollow
Sewing is loads of fun for children, and this simple craft project gives them the opportunity to create something bright and beautiful that’s also very practical. These collaged and embroidered felt luggage tags are one-of-a-kind creations, and will ensure that your bags are always easy to identify when you collect them at the airport carousel after a flight. They also make fabulous handmade gifts for friends and family members. Best of all, you only need a few simple and affordable materials to get started.

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Please note, that these tags aren’t name-tags, they’re just bright quirky little works of art that serve a very practical purpose. However, some children may want to personalise their creations by embroidering their name on them.

Time: 60 - 90 minutes, depending on the age and ability of the children.

Age: 5-10's, Over 10's

Level: Medium

Materials

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  • Felt in a few different colours

  • Some thick cardboard (or a few layers of thinner cardboard) for pattern-making and to use as stiffening / lining inside the tag

  • A pen or piece of chalk to mark the pattern for your tag onto the felt

  • A sharp needle – larger-sized needles are usually best for very young children and those who are new to sewing

  • Sewing pins

  • Fabric scissors

  • Embroidery cotton in a bright contrasting colour, black or white

  • Ribbon or cord in a contrasting colour - at least 40 centimetres long

  • Optional – buttons, sew-on craft jewels, various kinds of fancy braids or lace

  • Method
  • Take the cardboard piece and mark the pattern for the tag onto it. Although there is no set size or style, if you like you can use the diagram below as a guide. I made both a round and a rectangular tag - the diameter of my circle was ten centimetres, and the dimensions for the rectangle was twelve by nine centimetres.

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  • Cut out the pattern that you’ve drawn, using craft scissors.

  • Place your cardboard pattern onto a piece of felt (as shown in the photo below), and draw around it, leaving a border of approximately one centimetre. Repeat the process on another piece of felt – this can be either the same colour or a contrasting one.

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  • Cut out smaller pieces of felt in a contrasting colour. Although children may want to use specific shapes like flowers or hearts, even random shapes can look very effective.

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  • Choose some coloured embroidery cotton and sew the small pieces of felt onto the larger piece. Although specific shapes placed symmetrically look great, a random collaged effect can also be very striking. This is created by sewing layers of felt pieces onto each other. Small children who are new to sewing might find this easier to do, since tidiness isn’t such a high priority.

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  • If you have any braid, buttons, craft gems or other embellishments, these could also be added now. Alternatively, some embroidery or crochet flowers might also be a great addition.

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  • If desired, you can decorate the second large piece of felt, which will be the back of the tag. Otherwise, it also looks nice if this is left plain.

  • Place the cardboard piece between the two pieces of felt, and pin them together. Sew around the edge of the tag, near the pins, with brightly-coloured embroidery thread.

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  • Sew two pieces of ribbon or cord onto the end of the tag. This can be used to tie it onto your suitcase. Your collaged fabric luggage tag is now complete.

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