Gifts tags made with some bits and pieces, mostly leftovers from various projects. Pieces of thin cardboard, strands of embroidery floss and beads.
You cut a cardboard in a rectangular shape and fold it in half. You make holes with a punch or a needle, in the shape you wish. You take one strand of embroidery floss and embroider the motif. (The technique is called Form-a-Line.)
I chose to add beads for more brilliance and texture.
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I made this tag with a few little things I already had: a piece of cardboard, an old t-shirt, a little piece of paper, a button, some thread and beads. Very easy to make. And it cost almost nothing.
It can be attached to any gift you wish to give. Of course, you can vary the colors to your taste, or to those of whom will be the happy receiver.
I made 70 tags. No, I am not giving 70 gifts at Christmas. Wish I could, but not possible. 😉 My mother will deliver them to a youth centre, where they assemble various donated items to make Christmas gift boxes. They can personalised the gift by writing a name and a few words on the tag.
I wrote a tutorial for this Christmas tag that you will find below. There is a printable version on my Web site and in my Craftsy Pattern Store (in English and in French). Just in case you wish to make one. Or a few dozens.
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Christmas Tag Tutorial
Patterns in actual size for the background, the fabric, the star, the tree, the ornament and the gingerbread man can be found in the tutorial available on my Web site and in my Craftsy Pattern Store.
- Thick cardboard for the background: rectangle of 9.5 x 10.5 cm / 3 1/2” x 4”
- Fabric that does not fray (an old t-shirt, for example):
- rectangle of 7.5 x 9 cm / 3” x 3 1/2”
- strip of 0.5 x 20 cm / 1/4” x 8”
- Thick paper with motifs (ex.: scrapbooking paper) for a star, a Christmas ball ornament, a tree or a gingerbread man
- Buttons : one for the centre of the star, one for the top of the ball ornament, one for the top of the tree, two for the coat of the gingerbread man
- Three small metallic beads (silvery or golden)
- Metallic threads, two different colors (silvery, golden, red, green, etc.)
- Glue stick
- Cut the cardboard for the background.
- Cut a rectangle piece of fabric. Glue it to the background cardboard, slightly in diagonal.
- With a punch, make a hole in the top left corner.
- Cut the chosen motif in thick paper (star, Christmas ball ornament, tree, gingerbread man). Glue it on the fabric rectangle, in the centre and straight.
- Decorate the motif with a nice button: in the centre of the star, on top of the ball ornament, on top of the tree or on the belly of the gingerbread man. Glue it.
- Cut the strip of fabric, pass it through the hole and attach it.
- Cut two metallic threads of different colors at a length of 100 cm / 39”. Fold the two threads two times (together), pass them through the hole and make a nice bow.
- Apply a little dot of glue on the bow’s knot and then three little beads unto the glue.
Have fun and send me a picture of your tag. I would love to see it!
More Christmas projects:
Ribbon Ornament – Tutorial
Snowman Ornaments – Pattern
This is a birthday card I made for my sister–her birthday was last week. I have a shoe box full of already made cards and I chose one I have made in 2008, using the Iris Folding method.
I wanted to personalise the card, so I added embroidery stitches all around the petals, the stem and the leave, with the chain stitch.
Then I added a row of lazy daisy stitches. You may have noticed that I chose my colors for the thread amid the colors of the paper I used for the Iris Folding. I was striking for harmony and I think I reached my goal.
I realise now, looking at the pictures, that there is a white empty space on top of the card. A space where I could have written or embroidered a few words. Bonne fête, for example. Well, too late for that! You can find printables tutorials for the chain stitch and the lazy daisy stitches on my web site, in French and in English.
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Other posts about cards, tags and paper:
Lavender Greeting Card
Eight-Petal Crochet Flowers
Let me present you my Romantic Heart. It can be crocheted in 30 minutes, which means you can make many in just a few hours. I love it and it makes a beautiful addition to cards and tags (see pictures after the tutorial). You will find below the tutorial for crocheting this versatile romantic heart. You can also go to my web site for a printable version of this pattern, with a chart, a legend of stitches and, of course, pictures.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Tutorial for the Romantic Heart
This heart must be crocheted loosely. Use a hook larger than what is recommended by the manufacturer of the yarn.
- 3.75 mm hook
- Yarn recommended for a 1.75mm hook
- Yarn needle
- Ch 6, join in circle with 1 ss.
- Ch 2, 11 dc. Join with 1 ss. You should have 12 stitches at the end of the row.
- Ch 2, 23 dc. Join with 1 ss. You should have 24 stitches at the end of the row.
- Ch 2, 47 dc. Do not join. You should have 48 stitches at the end of the row.
- Turn the work to the wrong side. Ch 2, 7 dc, 2 sc, 7 ss, 3 sc, 3 dc, 2 tr, 3 dc, 3 sc, 7 ss, 2 sc, 8 dc.
- Turn the work back to the right side. Ch 1, sc all around the heart except for a ss in the nook of the heart (see picture below). It is important to crochet this row loosely to be able to give the work a nice heart shape.