My adorable friend Amy of the equally adorable blog nanaCompany & I love making pretty things with fabric. We like the idea of making things that are useful AND recycleable. And I think we can all agree that things made are always more special than things bought. So we thought it would be fun to invite you to join us in making pretty gift tags for this holiday season.
In the upcoming weeks before Christmas, Amy & I will share with you our tags on Wednesdays in hopes that you'll be inspired to make/design your own gift tags for family & friends.
There aren't any rules. No schedule or commitment on your part whatsoever. For Amy & I, we've agreed to come up with 3 new tags every week - that's a total of 24 designs in all.
We both decided to stick to the "make do" approach and didn't buy any special supplies except for the eyelets (tiny grommets). I just raided my craft cupboard for "stuff" - pretty notions like ribbons & buttons, sequins & beads, lace & trim, bits & bobs ... you get the idea. This project needs to be easy and affordable!
There won't be patterns for our designs - sadly Amy & I don't have enough time to write them out. But we do have this free downloadable PDF with the tag shapes.
And I wrote a tutorial to show you how we make a basic tag. There's a link in my sidebar for future reference.
Amy also set up a Flickr group for our 2012 Holiday Tag-a-Long so please join in. We'd love for you to share your tags with everyone - the more the merrier!
For this first week I went with my favorite shabby Chirstmas colors ... pink & aqua ... of course.
I will always and forever love this traditional Christmas motif of holly berries & leaves.
I made mine with a few mismatched buttons - because I didn't have 3 exactly the same - and a bit of felt.
I stitched them on with embroidery floss, but you could just as easily use glue instead.
Mittens. On a string.
I may have been inspired by this recent craft project. ;)
I used fusible web for both the aqua rectangle and the mittens and then glued the ribbon & mittens in place.
This merry merry tag ended up being decorated with a bunch of stuff I found in my cupboards ...
... a scrap of oversized ricrac, a vintage rhinestone button and a bit of embroidery floss.
I used fusible web again for the pink & aqua fabric, machine appliqued them in place and then just used glue for the ricrac.
Now go check out Amy's tags. Seriously, you do NOT want to miss them!
Well? Are you inspired? Are you already digging thru your cupboards and drawers and storage bins looking for things to make your own tags? :)
And remember, for the next 3 weeks, Wednesday is Holiday Tag-a-Long day here and at nanaCompany. Can't wait to see what everyone comes up with!