selvage edge gift tags

DIY selvage edge gift tags for the holidays are fast fun and easy to make in bulk.  Each tag takes less than 15 minutes, so you could easily make one in that short amount of time.  But if you have a spare hour you can make a whole bunch more.  Shipping tags can be found at the office supply store in bulk so it is pretty in expensive too.  I like to keep my gift closet stocked with gifts and wrapping papers and gift tags because you never know when you are going to need something last-minute.

For years I have saved my fabric scraps, at least those that are 3″ squares and larger. But lately, I’ve found myself cutting the selvage off my fabrics and saving them as well. I have been very inspired by all the clever fabric selvage projects I have noticed. So I decided to create these gift tags made with fabric selvage.

I plan to use my selvage edge gift tags for special occasions such as birthdays, hostess gifts, wedding gifts, etc. But I couldn’t resist adding in some holiday themed motifs such as this simple Christmas tree. The content below may have been sponsored, contain affiliate links or free items for use. Know that this will not sway the opinion no matter what. (Even though they may want to!) This costs you nothing and helps pay for this blog's overhead. Click Diclosures to learn more.

Supplies for selvage edge gift tags:

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Instructions for selvage edge gift tags:

After deciding on a pink and orange color palette for this project, I tore some fabric scraps into strips, roughly 1 1/2″ wide. Some of the strips I sewed knife pleats in using a sewing machine and black thread.

I painted the shipping tags with fuchsia, jack o lantern, white and bright magenta on both sides of the tags. Allow the tags time to dry and then arrange various bits of fabric pieces on them and sewed them to the tags.

I also added a sewn black straight stitch to the border to frame each design out. Sew any design or pattern you want and don’t worry about neatness.  This is a freestyle sewing technique and there is no right or wrong way.

Adding bits of layered tulle add to the gift tags, as does some strips of bling here and there.

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The gift tags can be used for special occasions such as birthdays, hostess gifts, wedding gifts, etc. To make a wedding cake simply mimic the Christmas tree tag and leave off the trunk of the tree.selvage edge gift tags

The orange and pink colors made these especially feminine. These might be good even for a baby girl gift. Changing the colors selvage edge gift tags to a turquoise and lime green and choosing different fabric scraps, such as polka dots and stripes would result in tags that would be good for a little boys birthday gift or to welcome a baby boy.

But no matter what colors and patterns you use, pairing fabric scraps and selvage with painted and sewn paper results in a project that is fun, easy and somewhat addictive!

Do you create with fabric selvage? I would love to see what you’ve made!

If you would like to see other bloggers create in 15 minutes sheck out this great group of craft bloggers.

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scrap fabric strip pumpkins

Scrap fabric strip pumpkins make me want to sing our Happy Fall Y’all! Don’t you just love this amazing season? I’m a sweater and pumpkin spice kinda gal.  I love all things pumpkin.  To celebrate Autumn, I am going to show you how I made these simple patchwork pumpkins to help usher in Fall and kick off the upcoming holiday season. Making decorations is one of my favorite things to do.

Supplies for scrap fabric strip pumpkins :

  • Fabric of Choice in Fall colors
  • Scrap of wool felt, tulle scraps
  • Fairfield Processing Corp. Crafters Choice Poly-fil
  • Wood pieces, spools, dowels, tags
  • Black, Orange acrylic paint
  • Embellishments of choice
  • Alphabet stamps and ink
  • Sewing machine and thread
  • Paintbrushes
  • Adtech hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Rotary cutter and self-healing mat, scissors

When working with scrap fabric and trying to cut a straight line, I have found that working with rulers and a rotary cutter works best for me.  I have tried to draw a straight line and cut on it but I am not very good at that.  I used a rotary cutter to cut my fabric into jelly roll sized strips (2 1/2″). (If you want to purchase jelly rolls of fabric they are pre-cut strips that would also work.)  They are about 14″ in length and then I placed two of them right sides together and sewed one long edge using a 1/4″ seam allowance.

 

I continued until I had one piece that measured about 14″ x 12.” I doubled the fabric over and used

a rotary cutter to cut a round shape from the doubled over for the pumpkin front and back.

 

 

I cut a pumpkin stem from the black wool felt and pinned it to the inside of the pieces before I started sewing them together. I sewed the pieces together, leaving the edges raw but left a 4″ opening at the bottom for stuffing the fabric strip pumpkins.

I sewed the bottom together but left a 1/2″ opening for the insertion of the dowel. The wood pieces were painted black and embellished with gem stone rows.  A glue gun and glue sticks are used to join the pieces together and to keep the dowel in place inside the scrap fabric strip pumpkins.  You might also call these stuffed patchwork pumpkins.fabric scrap pumpkin halloween decorations for cheap

 

I used alphabet stamps to stamp seasonal sentiments on the wood tags, which were painted orange. I also added some sparkly embellishments and tulle scraps.fabric strip pumpkins from scrap fabric halloween ideas

 

The leaves were made from handmade text fabric.

 

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What are you making to celebrate Fall?

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