This school year my family began doing speech and debate. One of the speeches I chose to do is an illustrated oratory (Don’t know what this is? Watch a national qualifying one from 2008 about Caffeine here). When going to tournaments with this speech it adds more things to carry. Thankfully at tournaments they have these awesome IO storage rooms so you can bring in your stuff on Day 1 and leave it overnight until the whole tournament is over without having to lug it back and forth from the hotel. Since there are so many people’s stuff in the one room and several people have the same bag for my boards as I do I put my name on all of my things that I leave there. For my easel I stuck a label on it, for my box (a shoe box which I covered in paper to look nicer) I wrote on it, and for my bag I used a luggage tag.
For my first tournament I made an improvised luggage tag using some cardstock, but for my later tournaments I sewed myself a luggage tag out of some leftover fabric. Here’s how I did it:
I figured there was a pattern out there so I searched Pinterest and sure enough lots popped up. After looking at several of them I chose this one.
I decided to make three using three different scraps of fabric leftover from past projects.
I followed her instructions except since I didn’t have any vinyl I used page protectors and just cut them up. It worked really well. To sew the page protectors on I used a business card as a guide. I used tape to stick it on to the tag and then placed the page protector piece on top and used big clothspins to hold it in place. Then I stitched using the business card as a guide. It worked very well.
Side note: Several people mentioned using a teflon foot to sew the vinyl on so the vinyl doesn’t stick to your sewing machine foot. I didn’t have any problems with the page protectors sticking and I used a regular foot so if you use page protectors you shouldn’t have to worry about that.
After I finished all three luggage tags (can you tell I like purple?) I used Microsoft Publisher and made some pretty business cards. They fit perfectly!
This project is great for using up fabric scraps and would make a great gift for a traveler. Plus, they’re super easy; I made three of them in an hour or two. I hope you enjoy making some of your own.