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Posted on 03/16/2012


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Hand stitched leather luggage tag

Hand stitched leather luggage tag
Made of thrifted peaces of scrap leather and thrifted cotton crocheting yarn.

The basic tag pattern is from Tone Finnanger's book 'Sew Pretty Homestyle' or 'Tilda's hus.' The size of the tag is is 9,5x5,7 cm or 3,7x2,25 in. The pattern for the text field is a 4x6 cm or 1,5x2,4 in rectangle with the corners rounded with a corner rounder paper punch. The pattern for the five petaled flower is from wondertime.go.com/create-and-play/article/flower-necklace.... My flower is 2,3 cm or 0,9 in across. The pattern for the four petaled flower is easy to draw onseself, the size of mine is 1,6x1,6 cm or 0,6x0,6 inches.

There is a vertical cut on the back side about 7mm/0.3in above the upper edge of the text field from which an address label can be slid in. Leave 4 mm or 0.15 in intact leather on the sides between the cut and the stitching.

Place a slightly smaller tag of see through acrylic sheet (from a craft store) between the leather tag pieces before sewing the leather pieces together around the plastic. It will protect the address label. The sheet I used is a touch more sturdy than overhead transparency film and doesn't scratch as easily.

For the sewing I used a backstitch, a leather needle and a little trick which comes handy whether or not you use a backstitch or a running stitch. In both stitches it's necessary to push the needle through the leather layers from the underside. When doing this it's hard to keep the needle straight. It may go through the layers in an angle and come up "out of line" on the other side, making in this case the stitching on the topside look wonky. To keep the stitching nice and even I punched a row of stiching holes from the topside before threading my needle. Then I used the straight line of ready holes to stitch the tag together. Every pierce of the needle leaves behind a visible hole in the leather so make every stitch count.

For the stitching choose a resiliant yarn. Stitching through leather means a lot of chafing from the yarn's point of view. Trial and error will show which yarns can take it. Embroidery thread would be a big no no. I made a few of these tags and tried out many cotton threads and some wore out half way around the tag and left tufts behind when I picked the stitches out. Other yarns were better. Choose one that is, for lack of a better expression, tightly wound.

The hanging hole is punched with EK Success Heavy Duty Vertical Slot Punch

Photo edited with a great free software called PhotoScape

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