Yesterday I wrote a tutorial about the face washer that I made for Mr Happy to take to school. The other thing I made for him recently was a new bag tag. His bag is quite a common design and colour so a big tag helps him spot it easily among the other bags. It was also another chance to use my pinking shears.
What you’ll need:
- fabric scraps – including a narrow piece for the strap
- scrap of interfacing
- metal ring, like those used for keyrings
- usual sewing supplies
- Cut a narrow piece for the strap and fold in half, right sides out. It needs to be about 20cm long once folded. Stitch along the two long edges.
- Put two pieces of scrap fabric together, right sides out. Cut them into a simple shape with your pinking shears.
- Cut a piece of interfacing slightly smaller than your shape and put it between the two fabric pieces. If it is iron-on interfacing, iron it on at this point.
- Slide the metal ring onto the strap piece, fold it in half, and tuck the two ends in between the two fabric shapes. Pin it in place while you sew.
- Sew around your shape a couple of times about 5mm in from the edge, making sure you catch the ends of the strap in the stitching so it is held in place.
- All done! I wrote my son’s name on the back with a Sharpie pen.
- I made one for my Little Miss at the start of the year in a flower shape. I didn’t use the pinking shears but you can see it has stood up pretty well.
- I added a button for the flower centre on hers. You could add buttons for wheels or eyes, or just for fun.
- You could add extra details with puffy paint.
- You could use up scraps of ric-rac or ribbon as well.
- I didn’t use the pinking shears on the strap section, but you could. You could also add a strip of interfacing within the strap to make it sturdier.
- You could use a fancy stitch in a contrasting colour to add interest.
Any more ideas to add to these?