Condo Blues: Sew a Luggage Tag from an Conference Badge Holder

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Sew a Luggage Tag from an Conference Badge Holder

I needed to replace a few luggage tags for a plane trip. I like covered luggage tags for security reasons.

I couldn’t find a style I liked and that was unique enough to distinguish my suitcase from everyone else’s  suitcase in the airport.

Pin this tutorial for your next trip or vacation!

Blitzkrieg offered to help in the bag identification and security department. I think he was trying to get a free trip and told him he couldn't go. I hate making Blitzkrieg sad. I told him he can eat any robbers that try to break into the house while I am gone. I thought that might make up for being left behind.

 I packed the most important stuff for your trip Lisa. 
By the way, you could use a luggage tag on this suitcase.

No one tried to rob the house and I got an earful from the Welcoming Committee when I came home. Blitzkrieg wasn’t happy when he found out I didn’t bring him a slice of real deep dish pizza from Chicago when I got home from the Craftsman DIY Blogger Summit.

I think Husband was also disappointed about the pizza
but let Blitzkrieg do his dirty work. 

 Enough of the fun we put in dysfunctional. I'm jumping back to the making clever stuff story.

My eye fell on the BlogHer ’09 conference badge I clipped to the lamp on my sewing table. Hey! I bet I can make a covered luggage tag from a conference badge.

 Ta Da!

Here’s how.

How to Make a Handle Wrap Luggage Tag

You will need:
Conference badge holder
Iron and ironing board

Make it:

1. Cut one 12 inch long by 5 inch wide rectangle of fabric and interfacing. Optional: I used a 12 inch long piece of fabric that I folded in half because I didn’t want to fuss much with matching up the Velcro on the inside top and outside bottom of the luggage tag. You can cut two 6 inch long by 5 inch wide rectangles of fabric if you like. It may be fun to try using different fabrics for the inside and outside of your luggage tag holder. Or not. Do what you like - have a ball!

2. Use the iron and ironing board to attach the interfacing to the wrong side of the fabric if you are using iron on interfacing.

3. Fold the fabric rectangle in half, right sides (the pretty part) facing out.

4. Pin one strip of Velcro ¼ inch from the top of the fabric rectangle

I forgot to take a photo of the pinned Velcro. Pretend there are pins 
pinning the Velcro to the front layer of fabric only.

5. Pin the other side of the Velcro ¼ inch from the bottom of the fabric rectangle on the back side of the fabric rectangle.

6. Sew the Velcro strips in place with the sewing machine. Remove the pins when finished.

7. Cut the conference badge holder apart. Pin the square 1 inch from the Velcro strip to what will be the fabric inside of your luggage tag.

8. Sew around three sides of conference badge holder. Tip: I used a ¼ inch seam and it worked fine. I didn’t need to buy or use a special foot for my sewing machine but you might.

Stitch and clip!

9. Trim the excess plastic from the side seams of the conference badge.

10. Pin right sides together and sew three sides of the fabric together. Optional: I sewed a seam across the folded edge so it looks like I used two pieces of fabric when I only used one. Sneaky, huh?

I got giddy and used a different color thread for the side seams.

11. Clip the corners at an angle with the scissors so you will have nice pointy corners when you turn the whole thing right side out.

12. Turn the luggage tag right side out and press the seams with the iron and ironing board. Warning: Don’t melt the plastic ID holder!

13. Fold and pin the raw edges inside the top of the luggage tag holder.

14. Sew the top seam closed with the sewing machine. Optional: I top stitched all four sides of my luggage tag for durability and to make it look professional.

 I used a different color thread for the top stitching too.
15. Insert a card with your identification into the plastic pocket.

16. Wrap the luggage tag holder around the handle of your suitcase and secure it with the Velcro strips.

17. Hit the road, Jack!

My wrap around luggage tag holders survived checked baggage; carry on baggage, and plane side check in baggage. My airport does not always use grown up planes. They surprised me with plane side check in on three of my last four flights.

They work great on car trips too!

Are you going anywhere fun this summer?

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