If you’re a last minute shopper like most people in my family, chances are you’re also in desperate need of a card or note to attach to that gift you just waited 45 minutes in line for. A quick, easy, and fun solution is a gift tag. With free-motion stitching goddess Cynthia Shaffer’s project below, you can easily make a pretty and festive gift tag to adorn all of those presents.
What you need:
- Shipping tag, 2 3/8 x 4 ¾ inches (6 x 12 cm)
- Scrap of red print fabric
- Glue stick
- Sewing machine with a free motion or quilting foot
- Black thread
- Acrylic paints in turquoise, orange and white
- Small paintbrush
- Black fine-tip permanent marker
- One page of old book text
- Black watercolor pencil
- 10 inches (25.4 cm) of ½-inch (1.3 cm) wide black rayon ribbon
What you do:
2. Glue the fabric shapes into place.
3. Free motion stitch around the fabric shapes and then onto the tag.
4. Using the fine-tip marker doodle on the tag around the stitched shapes.
5. With turquoise paint fill in some of the stitched and doodled shapes.
6. Cut out small shapes from the book text and glue them to the fabric.
7. Free motion stitch the book text into place.
8. Paint the tag with orange and turquoise paint and blend in a messy manner. Note: I wasn’t liking the way this tag was turning out so I simply covered up all my previous doodling with the paint!
9. Using the watercolor pencil, doodle around the stitched scallops and blend a bit with water.
10. Attached the black ribbon tie the tag onto a gift.
Cynthia Shaffer is a mixed media artist, creative sewer, and photographer. For more of Cynthia’s gorgeous work, check out her most recent Lark title, Simply Stitched Gifts, as well as any of her previously published Lark titles; Stash Happy Patchwork (Lark, 2011), Stash Happy Appliqué (Lark, 2012), co-author of Serge It (Lark 2014) author of Coastal Crafts (Lark, 2015).