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Saturday, December 10, 2011

Gifts to Make #4 ~ Handmade Tags or The Easiest Anthro Knockoff Ever!

Welcome to the fourth installment of gifts you can make. Although these are gift tags and not gifts per se, you could package eight or so in a glassine bag and give them as a gift. They are too cute not to!

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Way back in the middle of November I had shared with you my holiday knock off aspirations. One project I had listed were these darling Anthropologie penmanship gift tags.

I have to say of all the Anthro knockoffs I’ve created this has been by far the easiest.

You begin by printing out tags that say “TO”. Flamingo Toes created a wonderful template.

While I have seen several blogs cut the tags out separately at this point, I opted to stitch my tags with one continuous stitch to save time. I did use my backstitch button at the beginning and ending of each line on each tag. This was my first attempt and my lines were a bit off. (Consecutive attempts were much better but the sun was going down and so went my photography light. :)

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Other crafters have cut the tags out by hand. I opted to use my scrapbooking paper trimmer as a time saving measure. This does cut down on the artisanal effect of using scissors, but I was ok with that.

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Next, a scrapbooking corner clipper rounded the corner edges and a paper punch was used to create a hole in the upper left hand corner.

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While the Anthro tags featured white twine, I opted for colored bakers twine as that is what I had on hand. (I think I actually like this touch better.)

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Of course I couldn’t just stop with the basic red and blue thread pairing, so I tried pink and mint.

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Followed by pink and blue.

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Then red and green.

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My favorite though was red and teal.

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The totally crazy combo of rainbow thread suggested I had gone off the deep end so that is where I stopped. (I kept my bobbin thread white on all colors as a time saver and so that the back side of the tags would be all white.)

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We are halfway through the Gifts You Can Make series. Have you been creating lately?


Linking to:

Centsational Girl


Gracie's Cottage said...

Too cool for school!
Do you mind if I share on Pinterest and FB - (with a link directly back to this post, of course?)


Bloggymom said...

Cute project!! Enjoying your gifts to make series.

Danielle said...

That is so neat! I love the rainbow stiching!

thistlewoodfarm said...

I am saving this idea! You are so clever!!! So cute and so simple! Brilliant!!

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said... are on a creative roll....those are really cute, and you sewed them!! Amazing!

Miss Sandy said...

These are the cutest tags ever! I am helping out with a bake sale soon and I think these are a must for the glassine packaging with bakers twine to boot, thank you for sharing a great idea.

Debby said...

Those are too cute.

Auntie Em said...

These are soooo cute but it would also mean I would have to drag my sewing machine out. Lazy here thinks that is too much work BUT she may try them with an embossing pen and powder. I wonder????!?
Thanks for sharing your fun ideas and hope you have an wonderful weekend! :)

Charm Bracelet Diva said...

I'm right there with you on the paper trimmer! These are too cute. I think the rainbow's my favorite! Be sure to stop on by and enter my holiday giveaway, ends 12/16!

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family said...

Your tags beat Anthro!
Just darling!

Theresa said...

These are so cute! on top of that, I just love sewing on paper! Thanks for the tutorial~ t.xoxoxo

Ryan said...

LOVE these! Gift tags are actually on my shopping list for this evening, but maybe I'll just make some of these! Thanks for dropping by my blog - love yours! :)

pamelotta said...

What a cute idea! They just might be a good enough reason to get my sewing machine out!

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Laura said...

These are wonderful! I will have to give this a try! Thank you for the sweet comment on my blog!

Andrea said...

Love the red and green. I wish they were a way to do them where I didn't have to drag the sewing machine out of the basement.

Angie said...

These are awesome! Soooooooo very very awesome! And thanks for the sweet comment on my totally made my day! - from Angie at

Brooke said...

Cute, cute, cute! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Amy @ FWD said...

Thanks for stopped by and for your sweet comment about my ornaments!

These tags are genius!

Kara said...

So cute! I like the red and teal ones the best too! :)

Jessica @ My World - Made By Hand said...

These are super cute. Thanks for sharing them with us :)


Beth said...

I love these tags! Great work.

Neabear said...

Those turned out cute! Love the colored thread on them!


Keep Home Simple said...

Super cute! I love these!!!

Lauralee said...

Wow what a brilliant idea! So cute.

Wag Doll said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and for your lovely comment. I love your Gifts to Make series, esp these quick & easy gift tags that combine 2 of my loves, craft and sewing lol! xx

Lucky Girl said...

These are sweet! I love the multicolored thread! Thanks for stopping by my blog recently!!

Amy @ 11Magnolialane said...

Wow, very cute tags! Thanks for your kind words at Magnolia Lane :)
Have a happy holiday!

BLewallen said...

Thanks for your note on my blog - I'm so happy to have found your Christmas gift ideas!

Lo said...

Oh my goodness, simply perfect!! You have a crafting touch, thats for sure!! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Otter said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such a sweet message on my sheet music wreath. I'm glad you liked it so much.

I'm also glad you linked back to your own site as these tags are just TOO cute. I love the simple but fun nature of them and honestly you could use these for teacher's gifts too any time of the year! Or perhaps college student carepackages? Just too sweet. :)

karah said...

Oh, these are great! I love the stitching detail! Thanks for visiting the space between today! Happy Holidays!!
Karah @ thespacebetweenblog

InMyOwnStyle said...

Hi Laura-

These are so cute and great tute, too. I hope you are enjoying the holiday season so far.

My best- Diane