2-Sided Luggage Tags

Our family will be heading out on a vacation soon, so I dug up an old file I’d created years ago for luggage tags. You know how everyone’s suitcase looks the same as it turns the corner on the airport luggage carousel. It’s good to tie something distinguishing to your bag. The first time I used this graphic for tags I printed them on cardstock and laminated them with Scotch Bag Tags, which works great and can be found at a drug store chain and in office supply stores.

But today I changed them up a bit. I found a free old canning tag image on The Graphics Fairy and using my very weak Photoshop skills, erased the printing on the tags, lightened the background a bit and left the cool hole-reinforcement graphic, which I filled in the center to avoid any white area when hole punching later. (Ok, that was a VERY weak erase job, but when reducing and covering with text, it’s not noticeable at all.)

I added my graphics (changing a few personal numbers for the sake of this post,) and printed two per tag onto a printable ink-jet fabric sheet. Only peeling the paper backing from one piece to keep the final tag a bit sturdy, I lined the two up pieces back-to-back using my high-end light table (sliding glass door) and taped them together.

Then I sewed through the labels in a couple of places and all around the edges and trimmed them out.

I added a brass grommet and looped it with a piece of left-over gold elastic cord from the holidays then frayed the edges of the tag a bit.

Now with a nice note to the luggage handlers printed on the tags, surely our personal belongings will arrive safely to our destination…eventually.

Feel free to use any of the images from this post. Be sure to pop over to The Graphics Fairy for more great images and projects!

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31 Responses to 2-Sided Luggage Tags

  1. #1 - Katie says:

    Wow Cathe these are great, and don’t apologize for your “weak” skills any changes on photoshop are a mystery to me so I am very impressed! I have no idea how to do erase and change text from a graphic, maybe one day you’ll do a tutorial for us?

  2. #2 - Pattie Cordova says:

    thanks for the inspiration! We’re going to Italy next month so they’ll come in handy.

  3. #3 - Autumn says:

    WOW. You are so inspiring!! LOVE these. Thanks so much.

  4. #4 - PussDaddy says:

    I think they look really good!


  5. #5 - Tina of Pfeiffer Photos says:

    Very cool, as per your usual coolness with all things graphically artistic, my friend!

  6. #6 - Princess of Everything (and then some) says:

    That is so original! I just love it!

  7. #7 - Shannon says:

    What a clever idea! Not a thing wrong with your Photoshop skills. I love visiting The Graphics Fairy, lots of neat graphics.
    What a fantatic project, thanks for sharing.

  8. #8 - La Table De Nana says:

    You will have the best dressed luggage! Too perfect..wish I had these when I went on my once in a lifetime trip to Europe.. we found our luggage last:(Coming home.

  9. #9 - Heather Carson says:

    I love your creations Cathe!

  10. #10 - Splendid Little Stars says:

    Wow! How cool! You are amazingly creative!

  11. #11 - Tina says:

    eeewww! Super Cute!!! HOpe the read the little message..lol..

  12. #12 - Kim @ Manning Family Tree says:

    The tags are fabulous!!! You can do more in photoshop than I can. Especially since I don't have photoshop. lol! Have fun on vacation & hopefully your bags won't get lost. But if they do, at least the airline will know where to return them to.

  13. #13 - The Feathered Nest says:

    Cathe… you are AMAZING!!!! I love seeing what you come up with…you are always an inspiration!! xxoo, Dawn

  14. #14 - Suzy says:

    Wow, over the top once again!! Have a great time on your spring break, hope it’s somewhere exciting!

  15. #15 - Amy @ Living Locurto says:

    That is really cool. What is the paper you use for that? I can’t find a good paper to print on for fabrics. It just peels off.

  16. #16 - daisy says:

    Luv this project – hope your luggage is given the care they deserve.

  17. #17 - My name is PJ. says:

    Cathe, you are very creative and full of great ideas! I love this one. When I used to travel for business, I tied a brightly colored bandana around the handle of my bag. It worked well when I was bleary-eyed. 🙂

  18. #18 - Robin says:

    Love your creations Cathe!

  19. #19 - Judy says:

    Love, Love the tags!!! I would buy some if you sold them.

  20. #20 - Jean Franks Beck says:

    That is just awesome!! Tooooo funny!

  21. #21 - The Stapelia Company says:

    You and that sewing machine of yours! Those tags are amazing. They put my plastic Target ones to shame. 😉

  22. #22 - debi @ life in my studio says:

    What a wonderful idea…very creative!!! tfs

  23. #23 - Junie Moon says:

    This is a brilliant idea and the outcome of your project is wonderful. I’m definitely going to give this a try for my own travel adventures. Thank you!

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  25. #25 - Mermaids of the Lake says:

    Cathe, I found you on The Graphics Fairy. Very creative and fun idea for luggage tags. Thank you for the inspiration.

    Mermaid Debbie

  26. #26 - Artyjen says:

    Fab idea, looks very classy. Must try this myself sometime.:)

  27. #27 - dragonflydreamer says:

    I want to be YOU when I grow up! I am so amazed not only by how artistic and creative you are, but you are so resourceful. I am becoming addicted to your blog in trying to catch up on old posts. Thanks for sharing such detailed instructions and photos for visual learners like me.

  28. #28 - ruthanne 17 says:

    Great Idea – i'm making some for our next trip – thanks for sharing your wonderful graphics -I love this site!

  29. #29 - WindyCityStar says:

    I have been unable to save several of the freebies from your site after the first download. What am I doing incorrectly?


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  31. #30 - Mal Tyrer says:

    Wow! You are one of the most creative people I have ever seen, with an eye for the unusual, and an ability to make even simple mundane objects beautiful. Thanks for sharing.