In-the-Hoop Luggage Tags

Luggage Tags

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When you download a luggage tag design you'll find three files. Two of the files end with "_DL" -- that stands for "dieline." The dielines are what we'll use to cut the fabric to the exact shape of the tag.

If you have embroidery software, open the dieline files and print them at full size.

Next we'll cut the fabric shapes. Choose the fabric that you want to use to make the luggage tag -- we're using a lightweight canvas.

Spray a piece of medium-weight cutaway stabilizer with temporary adhesive.

Smooth the fabric for your luggage tag on top of the stabilizer.

Place the paper template on top, and cut out the shape. Do this for the front dieline, and the back dieline too.

If you don't have embroidery software, then you can embroider the dielines directly onto the fabric and stabilizer. Hoop the fabric and stabilizer together, and embroider the dieline files.


Then cut out the shapes.


Now that the fabric is cut to the exact size of the luggage tag, we're ready to embroider the design.

Hoop a piece of tear-away stabilizer.


Load the full embroidery file to your machine. That's the file that begins with "X" followed by 4 numbers.

Embroider the design. The first thing to embroider will be another dieline. This traces the area where you'll place your front fabric piece.

Spray the backside of the front fabric-and-stabilizer piece with a bit of temporary adhesive.

Place the fabric right inside the sewn dieline.


Continue embroidering the design. Other elements of the design will sew.

On the color change sheet you'll see a note that says "side border." When you get to this point, stop the machine and remove the hoop.

Spray the backside of the fabric-and-stabilizer for the back of the luggage tag with a bit of adhesive.

Place that fabric-and-stabilizer piece on the back of the embroidery, right inside the dieline.

The next steps will be seen from both sides of the luggage tag, so we want our bobbin thread to match the top thread. Wind a bobbin with the thread that you're using in the top.

Attach the hoop to the machine again, and continue embroidering the design.

The next thing to sew will be a satin stitch border that will finish the side of the tag.

If you would like to add an ID tag, watch for the note on the color change sheet that says "back piece tack down." Before this tack down stitch sews, stop the machine and remove the hoop.

Cut a piece of clear tablecloth vinyl using the back dieline file. Lay the shape on top of the vinyl and cut it out. We'll add this to the back of the embroidery to make a clear pocket for the ID tag.

Spray the edges of the vinyl with adhesive, and add it to the back of the embroidery.

Attach the hoop back to the machine and continue embroidering the design. A zigzag or tack down stitch will sew next, and then a satin stitch border.

If you don't want to add an ID tag, just leave the vinyl piece off. This will result in a finished fabric back without a pocket.


Remove the stabilizer from the hoop, and gently tear the excess away.


Add a 3/16 inch eyelet to the outer edge of the luggage tag, right next to the satin stitch border. Cut a small "x" through the layers of fabric and vinyl with a craft knife. Cut on the closed end of the pocket so that the ID tag can be inserted later. Be careful not to cut through any of the stitches.

We've made a blank ID tag for you to download and use -- click here for that file. Print onto paper or cardstock. Cut around the shape, fill in the blanks, and slip it right inside the tag, in between the vinyl and the back fabric.


If you're working with an oval luggage tag, slightly bend the top and bottom edge of the printed ID form. Insert it inside the pocket. Then, use your finger or the end of a pen to unfold the tag in the pocket.

Thread leather lace through the eyelet and tie the tag to your bag. Off you go on a great adventure, and it'll be nice and easy to pick your bag out from the others on the luggage carousel.

Here's another easy way to add the tag: thread a metal shower curtain ring through the eyelet, and attach it to the bag!

Enjoy this fun and fast project! To find in the in-the-hoop luggage tag designs to use with this project, click here.


Click here for a printable version of these project instructions.

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Size: 2.57 x 3.90 (65.3 x 99.1 mm)
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