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Now I appreciate I have mentioned the tricky to buy for men already in my 12 Days of DIY Christmas Gifts but I think they warrant a second idea! A good proportion of the men in my extended family live abroad and travel extensively for work, time to design them some leather luggage tags
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DIY Leather Luggage Tags
For each luggage tag you need to cut two leather shapes out, as per the template – download here. I used a rotary cutter, quilters ruler and cutting mat.
On one of the pieces cut a window out, 1/2″ in from the outer edge.
Cut a piece of card measuring 1 1/2 by 2 3/4″, add the address required.
Cut a piece of clear plastic which overlaps the window, this to protect the address on the card, you don’t want it smudging if it rains.
Glue the plastic to the back of the leather window, I used UHU glue. I have used a plastic wallet as my source of plastic. Allow to dry.
Whilst this is drying add initials to the front of the leather. On the downloadable template, you can find the font which inspired me. I have used Giotto Decor pens. I suggest practising on your paper template first.
Place the two pieces of leather wrong sides together, with the address sandwiched in between, clearly visible through the window. Hold together with clover clips.
Hand stitch all around, except the top straight edge, this will enable the user to replace the address if need be.
Hole punch a hole in the top.
Cut a strip of leather 3/8 by18″ by , fold in half and thread the loop through the hole.
Thread the free ends through the loop and pull tight. Tie a knot close to the far end.
Stay tuned for more great easy gift ideas – this post is one of a series of twelve DIY Christmas gifts. In case you missed them:-
Gift 1 – Sashiko Cute Coin Purse
Gift 3 – Bicycle Tyre Wallet
Gift 4 – Funky Felt Necklace
Gift 5 – DIY Leather plant pot holder
Gift 6 – Denim Embroidery Hoop Art Tutorial
Gift 7 – DIY Cafetiere Cosy
Gift 8 – Envelope Cushion with Pom-pom trim
Gift 9 – DIY Lunch Bag
Gift 10 – Luggage Tags
Gift 11 – Rainbow Drawstring Bag