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Dec192008

last-minute christmas tags

I know everyone is busy wrapping (or perhaps still finishing) a few gifts. I'm here to help! These gift tags are a great way to use leftover fabric scraps. First, download this template and print it on some white cardstock.

Here's what you need: your printed template, a ruler and an x-acto knife, a bone folder (in order to get nice crisp folds), a cutting mat, glue (spray adhesive or glue stick), 1.5” circle punch (or you can cut the circles with your x-acto knife.. be careful!), a few cute fabric swatches (cut to roughly 1.75” squares), and a hole punch.

STEP 1: Cut out your tags (each template makes four tags) with a ruler and an x-acto knife, using the guides on the template. I cut the top and bottom horizontal lines first, and then the vertical lines.. do not cut through the paper top to bottom, you want to stop shy of the edge of the paper so you keep the border and your guide marks intact.

STEP 2: Take the four cards and punch out the 1.5” circle, as marked on the template (your circle punch will be slightly larger than the circle on the template). Line it up as closely as you can.

STEP 3: Apply glue to the entire wrong side (or back of the card) especially the edges. Pick your fabric swatch and affix it to the back of the card, wrong side up, making sure it covers the entire punched circle. (The right side of the fabric should be face down). 

Fold the card in half to sandwich the fabric, use a bone folder to get a nice tight fold (or your fingernail). Rub the card all over, making sure the glue is spread evenly over the entire card. Punch holes where indicated. Add string or ribbon and enjoy!

NOTE: Last summer I got to help plan a beautiful wedding for a dear friend that will be featured in Martha Stewart Weddings Winter issue (which comes out next week). We used this same technique for her escort cards, and they looked so beautiful all pinned to a board, I'll let you know when they are up on Martha's website.

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Reader Comments (21)

so, so, so cute!

12.19.2008 | Unregistered Commentereva

Wow, these are very cute!

12.19.2008 | Unregistered CommenterBecky

Love this project. Thanks for sharing.

12.19.2008 | Unregistered Commentershan

You are welcome! Your posting are full of such creativity. It is certainly inspiring!

so pretty!

and I love your book pictures, too.

12.19.2008 | Unregistered Commenterlynne

Brooke! love them!

12.19.2008 | Unregistered Commenterjoelle

i knew those looked familiar....

12.19.2008 | Unregistered Commenterjen

Wow these are really beautiful! We've been snowed in for days (Seattle really gets paralyzed in bad weather) and we're getting a bit stir crazy...maybe we'll make these over the weekend. What exactly is a bone folder and is there anything that can substitute?

12.19.2008 | Unregistered CommenterLecia

super cute Brooke! Did you do a Christmas card similar in design a few years ago? It seems really familiar. Merry Christmas!

12.20.2008 | Unregistered CommenterErin

Hi Erin!
A few years back I punched a hole out of the envelope itself.. so you saw the pattern of the card inside.. and then hand drew a little ornament top and string. Good memory!

12.20.2008 | Registered CommenterBrooke

These are so beautiful, what a great idea. Hope you & your family have a wonderful christmas! xo

12.20.2008 | Unregistered CommenterFiona

Hi, i've just discovered your amazing blog via A cup of Jo. So beautiful and unique! Happy Christmas from Spain.

12.21.2008 | Unregistered Commenterleticia blanco

brooke,
these are beautiful! i saw the wedding in the new issue today and loved the escort cards! one of my favorites pieces in the whole issue!

-joy

12.21.2008 | Unregistered Commenterjoy

These are great!!! We are currently snowed in and I'm looking for anything I can do with supplies on hand, so these are perfect. We have cardstock! We have fabric! We even have bone folders, spray adhesive, xacto knives... I'm excited. Thank you.

12.22.2008 | Unregistered Commenterblair

What a great idea, and so simple, I love it. Happy Christmas

12.22.2008 | Unregistered Commentermichelle

What a beautiful and easy to follow tutorial. Thank you so much for sharing. I suffer from fabric scrap abundance so this is a perfect way to use them up. You wouldn't like to share a Happy Birthday version using fabric balloons for the circle cutouts. These are so good I just wish I'd discovered your blog before Christmas Eve. Merry Christmas

12.23.2008 | Unregistered CommenterKristine

Just finding your blog. Love it.

What sweet, sweet tags. (And love the Christmas stocking, too.) Thanks for the inspiration.

02.5.2009 | Unregistered Commenterlear

Lovely! Thanks very much for the template.

12.19.2009 | Unregistered Commenterbelle

Just darling!

12.23.2009 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

Gorgeous. Thank you! I've got a whole box of scraps just waiting for these!!

12.24.2009 | Unregistered CommenterKristi

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