Step 1: Download this free PDF for the templates.
Step 2: Round up the following items:
- 2 pieces of fabric at least as large as the template PLUS 1/4" extra on all sides for seam allowance
- 1 piece of medium weight fusible interfacing large enough to trace the tag template
- Fabric scissors
- Matching thread
- Tool to turn out corners (I use a bone folder)
- Package of eyelets (3/16" or 4mm) including the hole-punch and flattening tools
- 12" length of ribbon or string
Step 3: Trace a template shape onto the fusible interfacing.
Step 4: Cut along the drawn line and fuse the interfacing tag to the wrong side of one fabric piece.
Step 5: Lay both fabric pieces right sides together and pin. Start stitching next to the interfacing edge near the bottom of one side. Continue sewing around the interfacing shape but leave a 3" opening along the side.
Then trim away the excess fabric leaving a 1/8" seam allowance - EXCEPT for along the opening, leave a 1/4" seam allowance (easier to tuck in later).
Tip: Sew a few reinforcing stitches at both ends of the opening to help prevent them from coming undone when you turn the tag right side out.
Step 6: Turn the tag right side out and use your corner tool to shape the edges & corners. The interfacing shape will make this job easier. Tuck the opening seam allowance inside and press the tag. Hand-stitch the opening closed.
Step 7: (Optional) Top-stitch around the tag 1/8" from the edge.
Step 8: To attach the eyelet, first use the punch tool & a hammer to make a hole in the fabric. Just eyeball the location.
Then insert an eyelet into the hole and use the flattening tool & hammer to secure the eyelet in place.
Step 9: Thread a ribbon or string through the eyelet.
Step 10: Attach your homemade tag to a gift for someone special!
A few side notes.
If you like to keep the back side of your tag neat and tidy, I recommend adding your embellishments to the front side of the tag BEFORE Step 4. That said, some bulkier items like large buttons should be added after your turn the tag right side out, but maybe before you stitch the side opening closed so you can hide knots and things inside. Just be careful to center your designs.
And don't be afraid to use glue. It goes a lot faster than using a needle and thread, especially when you end up with more great ideas than spare time!