December 07, 2010

Monogrammed Luggage Tags and Vinyl Monograms

Kari over at UCreate has been doing a really fun series the past week.  Her blog has been featuring great gift ideas for neighbors, co-workers, and friends.  You'll find me there today, but here as well (and over at the I Love to Create blog.)  You can stay here, because it's the same post on each of those blogs, but be sure to visit Kari's for some great gift ideas.  There have been some fabulous ideas and I was a little nervous about possibly repeating an idea, so I tried to think outside the box. 

 I love how monograms have been so big this year and I also love giving gifts that are personalized and usable.  So, today I'm sharing two monogrammed gifts.  First up are these monogrammed luggage tags.

You'll need:
fabric paint and brushes
a little fabric (scraps work perfectly for this)
a little bit of heavy fusible interfacing (like pellon)
clear plastic vinyl

I began by cutting my heavy fusible interfacing into a tag shape.  Just cut a rectangle and then snip off the corners at the top.  You'll cut two of these.

Next, iron them both onto your fabric and then trim your fabric to match the shape.  You'll have this.

Next you'll cut a small rectangle of the clear plastic vinyl and sew it onto the right side of one tag, leaving one side open to insert an address card.

Now, take a loop of ribbon and sandwich the ends of it into the tags so that the fabric is on the outside.  There's no fancy inverting here.  Just sew around the edges of the full tag.  (The fusible interfacing will keep the edges from fraying.)  If the edges don't line up perfectly when you're done don't fret.  Just trim the edges until it looks perfect..

Lastly, I used fabric paint to add the monogram.  Tulip has these brushes that are especially for fabric painting.  They are a little more stiff and work really well.  The angled brush felt like I was using a calligraphy pen.  I mixed the brown and black to get a deep brown color I was looking for.  If you're unsure about painting straight lines, you can also do a freezer paper stencil.  Click HERE for my video tutorial on that one.  (The Rollos are optional, but I think they help.)

And here's what you get.

I think everyone can appreciate being able to recognize his or her luggage.  (You know, people start to stare at you when they see you running laps around and around the baggage conveyor in a full sweat, trying to see which gray suitcase is yours :)

I had one more idea along the same lines of monograms.  If you do have a Silhouette or a Cricut, I think making a simple monogrammed design would be a great gift as well.  It can easily be added to a family photo wall or above a doorway.  You can find out the year they were married to add the "est." followed by the year.

(This is a spot in my home where I plan on adding more family photos.)

It's simple, easy, and inexpensive - which are all great in my book.

Thank you for reading my blog.  I'm glad you do. 


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