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DIY Luggage Tag Tutorials: 3 Fun Ways to Mark Your Bags

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We often tell you where to buy your travel gear at Her Packing List, but we thought it would be cool to add a monthly post about how you can actually make some instead. And for the first of this edition, we’re going with DIY luggage tags.

Although I’m not the best crafter on the market, I do consider myself a lover of craft and anything that you get to construct or create on your own. I happen to hoard fabrics, paper and ribbons like they are going out of style, so I decided to rummage through my box today and come up with a few fun luggage tag tutorials for you all to play around with.

DIY Fabric Luggage Tag

fabric luggage tag diy supplies

2 Rectangles of fabric – about 11cm x 8cm
1 Rectangle of felt – same size as fabric
1 Piece of vinyl – same size as fabric
1 String or Ribbon
Sewing Machine

fabric luggage tag diy 1

Pin your your squares of fabric together, inside out, with your piece of felt on the outside. Sew around the fabric about 1/2 cm or more from the edge, but only finish 3 of the sides. Clip the corners off with your scissors and trim the felt closer to the seam.

fabric luggage tag diy 2

Turn your tag inside out and iron flat.

fabric luggage tag diy 3

Insert your ribbon or, in our case, leather strip, into the side of the tag that is still unsewn. Then simply sew it up.

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You’ll then want to sew the piece of vinyl onto one side of your tag. If you use a sewing machine, you’ll need to place a piece of tissue paper or wax paper on top so the vinyl won’t stick to the machine. In the middle of sewing this, my sewing machine decided to be difficult and so I decided to finish it off by hand. Just remember to only sew along 3 sides so you can slide your name/address paper in!

finished fabric luggage tag

Trim vinyl down to size, insert a piece of paper with your contact details on it, and you’re done!

DIY Decoupage Luggage Tag

decoupage tag supplies

Spare magazine
1 Square of sturdy poster board – not the flimsy kind
Craft Glue – a modpodge or PVA glue is a great option
Sponge brush for the glue
Ribbon or leather strip
Hole punch

decoupage luggage tag diy 1

Glue pieces of the magazine onto the square of poster board being sure to seal in the project with an extra layer of glue.

decoupage luggage tag diy 2

Once that dries, cut the card down to a luggage tag size. Flip over and write your contact details on the back. Punch a hole and insert your ribbon. Easy!

DIY Laminate Luggage Tag


2 Luggage tag print-offs – one front, one back with contact details
1 Piece of index card for sturdiness
Contact paper or laminating sheet
Hole punch
Ribbon or leather strip

laminate luggage tags diy

I designed my luggage tag print-off using Canva. After printing them off, I taped one side to the index card before cutting it down to size. The back print-off is taped to the other side. This tag is then wrapped in contact paper to seal it in. Once trimmed, a hole can be punched in the top and the leather strip threaded through. Done and done!

There you go! Which of these 3 DIY luggage tag tutorials will you be putting to the test?

Written by Brooke

I run the show at Her Packing List and love packing ultralight. In fact, I once traveled for 3 entire weeks with just the contents of a well-packed 12L handbag. When I'm not obsessing over luggage weight, I'm planning adventures or just snuggling with my pet rabbit, Sherlock Bunz.

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  1. Roni Faida says

    I work for an airline and you definitely need some kind of tag or decoration to make your bag stand out, especially because everyone seems to carry a black bag. Great post.

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