To continue, with our preparations for the upcoming holiday I’ve got a new DIY for you all. Of course, did you spot it in the last DIY post with the leather passport cover, it’s here if you missed it. But the question remains… how do you make one. Check the steps below and before you know it… you will have an awesome leather luggage tag on your perfect summer bag (more on your perfect DIY summer bag in this post!).
What do you need:
- A piece of leather (about 20 x 6 cm), so also perfect for some scrap projects)
- Stanley luggage tag
- Leather glue
- 2 leather needles
- Waxed thread (or wax and thread)
- Cutting mat
- Pricking iron or pricking awl
- Wing Divider
- Scratching awl
- Lighter (for the ends of the thread)
- Small hole punch
Step 1: scratch and cut
The first step is to trace a mall or in my case, since I already know it by heart, scratch the pattern of a rectangle (10 x 6) and at the top two triangles (3 by 1 cm).
After you have scratched the pattern into the leather cut it all and make sure both parts are actually the same shape…
Step 2: Mark the details
Mark the cutting lines of the flap on only one piece at about 1 cm from the border. Mark the stitching lines at 3-5 mm from the border and mark the top hole at about 1 cm from the top and 0.5 mm at each side to make a hole of 1 cm in width.
Step 3: Cut and punch
Cut the marked lines of the flap. You can choose to make a flap or remove it entirely by cutting 4 sides of the ‘imaginary rectangle’ instead of 3. If you choose a to make a flap it looks more professionally, in my opinion at least, to punch two holes at the end of the ‘closed side of the rectangle’ as you can see in the images.
Step 4: Glue the luggage tag together
Now, you are ready to glue the pieces togeather. But make sure you only glue the 3-5 mm togeather since you do want to place a paper inside with your name and address etc.. which should not fall out.
Step 5: Stitch and finish
The last step is to stitch all three sides and cut a little strap for the attachment of the tag to your bag. In my case, I like the rough look of this tag like this so I have chosen not to finish the edges. Although you will make it last longer with a finished edge!
And there you are… almost ready for your holiday! Besides, if you choose, just like me, a rough type of leather, the luggage tag might also be perfect for a father’s day gift!