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2013 Holiday Tag-a-Long

That's right, it's back!  My homegirl Amy (of the beautiful and always inspiring blog nanaCompany) and I had so much fun with our 2012 Holiday Tag-a-Long that neither of us needed any arm twisting to do it again.  So we're kicking off this year's holiday season with another installment of gift tag inspiration. 

As with last year, our goal is to:

  • have a good excuse to make stuff (like we really need one, but hey ...)
  • satisfy our creativity with things we have lying around
  • inspire you to have some crafty holiday fun too

Last year we came up with a starter plan of templates and a tutorial for you to use (which are always available both here and over at Amy's blog). 

But when Amy and I were making plans for this round, we both wanted to branch out with different materials and tag shapes.  Remember, this is a "no rules" thing we're doing ... it's all about having fun and making things your way.

So that's all the business up front.  Now lets get to the party in the back. :)  (Yes, yes I did just make a mullet joke.  And no, Billy Ray Cyrus did not once cross my mind. tee hee)

This year, my tags started as "just because" cross stitching with the book I bought a few weeks ago.  I made a bunch of these little things for fun with no plan in mind.  Only after I'd made a few did it occur to me that I could make them into tags.

First up, the basket. 

Stitching this one up was all kinds of crazy fun.  The basket part is done with an offset "X" in alternating rows and result is this really neat basket weave effect.  And the handle?  Don't get me started.  (Too late.)  It's made with a loose loop of floss that's wrapped with a bunch of little knots.  Oh man it was fun to make. 

I was intrigued with how Amy used felt for her tags last year so I decided to give it a try myself.  And I think I was channeling my long-dormant scrapbooker self because I started layering.  SIX layers later (felt, gingham, blue floral, more felt, the basket and finally the fabric tape) I had a tag.  I thought it would be fun to leave the basket and felt layers free, except for across the top.  The stitchery is backed with fusible interfacing to help prevent fraying. 

Next is the puddle jumper. 

Only 4 layers here - I fused the striped fabric onto a piece of Kraft-Tex (awesome stuff!) so the tag itself is nice and stiff.  Then I stitched the boot to some felt and glued the boot onto the stripes.  My original plan was to use the red gingham fabric for this tag, but when I put them together they were too busy.  However my PamKittyMorning stash came to the rescue ... and inspired me to dig out my scalloped scissors.  And you know me ... I gotta stick a bow on something every once in a while or I start to get all twitchy in one eye.

And then the bicycle. 

I took a cue from my Scrumptious bundle and thought a red & aqua bike would be fun.  The white scalloped backing is also Kraft-Tex and the striped fabric is fused onto it.  Then I fused the bike on top.  The sequins were an afterthought ... makes it look a bit more holiday-ish, I thought.

But then I had no room for a grommet so I just glued the ribbon to the back.

All right.  Do yourself a favour and go check out Amy's tags.  And then I'll see you next Monday with another set.  Remember to check out our Flickr Group for more inspiration.  And please add your photos too if you make any.  Amy and I love love love seeing what all y'all come up with!

PS:  I got a few questions about my cross stitch last week so in case you're interested, I usually use 2 plies of floss (except for smaller details like the spokes on the bike) and I favour 32 count linen.  The basket and boot are done on Belfast linen and the bike is on Evenweave.

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Reader Comments (18)

THAT BASKET. OMG. I have a thing for baskets and OMG that is just so perfect. Of course love the little boot on the PKM.. but all so very cute. xo
December 9, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterpam
Oh that little handle....soooooo cute!
V x
December 9, 2013 | Unregistered Commentergreenrabbitdesigns
So adorable! A gift in itself!
December 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJenifer
I've been making teeny tags for 2 days now and today you and Amy show us these exquisite beauties. Sigh... I'm loving yours & Amy's just a tad more than my own, I'll have you know ;)
Soo inspiring!
December 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHeather (mtl)
Love your tags! They are really special.
December 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKaren Seitz
Wow. Fantastic. These tags are tiny works of art. I wouldn't want to give even one away!
December 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMary Ellen
Rock on with the Tag along! Awesome - stunning - gorgeous - flawless - sequins with colonial knots {!!} and great choices made along the way.
December 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAllison
Your tags are wonderful!! Thank you for the tutorial. Bye bye from Italy :-)
December 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLa soffitta dei ghiri
SO stinkin' cute Kristyne!!! I especially LOVE that cute little BIKE!!!!
December 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterThimbleanna
Your tags are so sweet! You make them look so simple but I know there is a lot of work there. You are so creative, thanks for sharing your talent!
December 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKathleen O'Grady
I was wondering what you are up to with these small pieces of cross stitched cuteness! I love them all!
December 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMiwako
Love these! And so glad you and Amy are treating us all to another Tag-Along. Was hoping you would😉
December 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDenise
The tags are adorable, but the practical in me is wondering where you put the "to" and "from" information. I would think something like this could go on to live as a Christmas ornament, but I can't get past wondering how to use it as an actual tag.
December 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLisa
Loving all of them, but that gingham boot...yes! I have to ask, do you actually give these away on gifts and do the recipients keep and cherish them the way they should be? I'd hate to see such handmade goodness go to waste.
December 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterStacy
Me again. I had to come back and canoodle with these gems just one more time. Each one is more adorable than the other!
BTW, I gave up on the decorative scissor thing - I use my basic shape Spellbinder dies as well as the Tim Holtz small styled labels. So much easier!
December 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHeather (mtl)
Soooo cute! Can you tell us where you get supplies? I am having a hard time finding the linens etc. Recently, I have started doing x-stitch again. It's been years since I have done it and it seems hard to find cute supplies (for frames), linens, etc. It would be great if it made a "come back"... LOVE your blog and creativity! Thank you for sharing! Happy Holidays!
December 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSusan
So pretty! I really enjoyed your tag-a-long from last year too. I have some little cross stitch pieces that could have a new life as tags too. Thanks for the inspiration:)

December 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJenn
So gorgeous! I love the bike so much. I'm hoping to join you and Amy this year, so inspired by all your gorgeous tags this year and last!

S x
December 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSandra (Cherry Heart)

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