It’s no secret- I love recycle/”green” crafts. There’s something about taking something that is headed for the garbage or donation bin and then transforming it into a new, useful or beautiful object. Today’s tutorial is both useful AND beautiful- we’re going to make luggage handle cozies and tags from old neckties- the wilder the print, the better!
To make one set (a handle cozy and a luggage tag) , you’ll need:
- one necktie
- approximately t 6″ if hook-and-loop tape
- approximately 12″ of ribbon, bias tape, or reflective tape for the luggage tag
- 1 clear sheet protector or other clear, sewable vinyl
- Other trims as desired
I found this amazingly colorful tie- SILK, mind you- at the thrift store. It spoke to me, so I bought it. I paid less than $1 for it.
Now to add some hook-and-loop tape, and we’re done! To keep it neat, I sewed on a strip of loop tape flush with one of the raw edges.
Next, add the hook part of the tape to the other side. But instead of making the edges even, you’ll overlap the raw edge of the cozy with the edge of the tape by only 1/8 inch. The tape will extend beyond the cozy.
Now, to make a nice, pretty finished edge, you wrap the extending tape over to the back side and securely stitch it down.
But we’re only half-way done. Now to whip up a companion luggage tag with the wide part of the tie!
Next, finish that raw edge with a satin stitch or some fold-over binding.Â Along that same edge, create a button hole about 1/2 inch long smack-dab in the middle. Thus:
Then, using your 12 length of ribbon or whatever, make a loop and stitch to the pointed end of the tie. To make the actual window, cut a piece of page protector just a bit larger than a business card. Stitch it down on 3 sides, leaving an opening to slip the business card in. Depending on the tie, you might need to place it horizonatally or vertically. Look at these examples:
And you’re done! To close the tag, slip the loop through the button hole.
Then just use a Lark’s head knot to attach the tag to your luggage. Fun and functional!
Well, there you go. I made both sets in about an hour. Wouldn’t this make a great Father’s Day gift? And I bet Pops has some old ties lying around!
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