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DIY: Pretty Fabric Scrap Gift Tags

Hello lovelies.  I thought I'd share a little tutorial with you for these simple and sweet Fabric Scrap Gift Tags.  They are such a great way to give new life to any fabric bits and pieces you have laying around that you just can't throw away.  I started making these a while ago as a way to display fabric clippings on my inspiration wire and they always make me smile.  It would be easy to whip up a batch to keep on hand for gift wrapping...or perhaps you might assemble a special box filled with the tags you create and give them to someone who loves beautiful packaging supplies.

Supplies needed:

  • Fabric scraps in various sizes and patterns (light-weight woven fabrics work best). For this project, fabrics in lighter colors should be used.
  • Manila hang tags - found at office supply stores (alternately you can use my free printable version found here).
  • Glue Stick such as Uhu brand (I do not recommend liquid glue for this project)
  • Scissors
  • Pinking shears (optional)
  • Fine tip permanent pen in a dark color such as black (optional - used for creating faux stitches)
  • Printable Word Labels (click to download)

Step 1: Cut out fabric slightly smaller than the size of your tags.  Your edges don't need to be perfectly straight.  Finish the fabric pieces by trimming around them with a pair of pinking shears or pulling out a few loose threads on all four sides of your fabric to give the edge a vintage frayed look.

Step 2: Using your glue stick apply glue to the surface of your tag.  Adhere your fabric to the tag and press down to smooth and secure.

Step 3 (optional): Create faux stitches on your fabric using your fine tip permanent pen.  This is not necessary but may add a little extra something to your tags.

Step 4 (optional): Download and print the Word Labels created for this project.  Cut out around each word as desired and glue onto fabric tags to complete.  All finished!

More ideas for your tags:

  • Print your own word labels to customize as you wish
  • Use as seating tags for parties or weddings
  • Hang tags on bins and containers to add some charm to organization
  • Use as "business cards" for your indie business
  • Clip on to inspiration wires/boards for everyday enjoyment
  • Use in your next scrapbooking project

I hope you'll give this wee project a try and let me know how you like it.  Enjoy!  xo Ez

Reader Comments (39)

Wow, that is such a simple, yet brilliant idea. I love it!!!! If you don' print the manilla hang tags, where do you order them from?


May 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

Thanks Lisa...and sorry about leaving that bit out. You can find manila tags in various sizes at most office supply stores or in larger quantity from stores such as ULINE. xo Ez

May 20, 2010 | Registered CommenterEz

These are great. Thanks so much for posting. I was actually trying to thing of a fun hang tag for a gift for a friend's wedding shower. These will be perftect!

May 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAllison

These are so pretty and sophisticated. I love gift wrapping and using tags for various decor. I just posted my recent handmade cards and packaging..check it out!

Love your blog!!!!

May 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTangerine Fairy

This is a terrific idea. Thanks for sharing it. I bought some plain tags recently and planned just to use a sticker on them, but I think this might be much nicer! Promise to let you know if I do... :)

May 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi

Simple and beautiful...LOVE them*!*

May 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdianna

What a lovely idea. A great way to spruce up plain labels. They turned out really cute.

So adorable! What a great idea hun! Love this and the drawn on stiches, such a great touch!

May 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa de la Fuente

Even though you closed your little shop. I'm so glad you still share all your terrific gift and wrapping ideas with us. Thank you so much. These gifts tags are quite cute.

May 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa Allam

What a great idea, they would make a great detail on packaging or as place cards :)
Thanks for sharing x

May 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterlaura

I love this so much!! I have a ton of scraps!!

May 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAsh

this is such a great tutorial!!! i do have some plain tags and lots of fabric scraps! what a great way to dress them up and send them off to friends!!

May 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSandy

Very cute! I <3 them.

Thanks for sharing!


May 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterashleylynnfry

These are wonderful! Thanks for sharing this idea, I will definitely be making some soon :)

May 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMegan

Thanks for all your wonderful comments everyone! I can't wait to hear about the tags you'll make! xo Ez

May 20, 2010 | Registered CommenterEz

Those are so sweet, what a fabulous idea!

May 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRJ

What a sweet and simple idea! I can't wait to try it, thanks for sharing!!

May 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFelicity

sweet and simply adorable!

May 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChristy

tgif n more perfect with found your blog. i really love ur blog n d project u made.its simple n wonderful.
can i share it on my blog
Thanks for sharing!


May 20, 2010 | Registered Commenternieta

so lovely! you have the best ideas.

May 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermelissa w

i love tags , fabric and easy things! thanks!!

i did the bunting tags for my rehearsal dinner and love them!!

May 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

you may have just given me my weekend diy project! i have a bag of fabric scraps just begging to be used for something cute like this! :)

May 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrosie

great idea! thanks for sharing!!

May 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPinkPug,INK.

oh my gosh- these are so simple, and just oh so beautiful <3

May 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjonahliza

Just stumbled upon your blog and really love all your tutorials.
You also have a brilliant fabric collection!
I really love this idea. Going to go find me some manilla tags.

May 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterClare

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