When you make a handmade gift, you want that person to remember that it was made with love, and that you would rather have spent the time making something special than just buy them a Snuggie online. Here are some ideas for finishing handmade gifts and homemade tags.
The simplest way to add a “tag” to your handmade items is to just write your name on it. For most things a fine-tip permanent marker does the job. For fabric you’ll need a special fabric pen. These are very inexpensive, and can be found in several colors.
You can find permanent markers on Amazon.
If you want something more professional-looking, you can make your own tags.
These were made with printable, iron-on fabric. If you do not buy iron-on printable fabric, but just regular printable fabric, then just sew the tags to your item. I made the design in Photoshop, and printed a sheet of fabric with my ink-jet printer. That yielded a few dozen tags, I haven’t even used them all of them in two years.
You can find printable fabric on Amazon.
If you have a bit more to say, like adding care instructions for the item, or simply a greeting, you can print some nice-looking tags. I used a light-colored scrapbooking paper, composed the tags in Word (you can use any other text-processor), printed the tags, cut them out and punched holes to tie them with a piece of cotton string (you can use your cool-looking yarn remnants for this).
Avery has several free templates that you can modify, or download these from Microsoft. If you want to find some really cool free fonts for your tags, I’ve downloaded many from this site, they are free for personal use.
I hope you find these ideas useful, I love well thought-out gifts (that don’t have to be expensive), and since the “season for giving” is approaching, maybe it’s time to crack those crafty fingers and start making some nice, inexpensive gifts for the loved ones. Save the Snuggie for the obnoxious co-worker you had the misfortune to pick in the office secret Santa.
Have a great weekend folks!