Personalized Gift Tags to Make in a Snap!

Get Creative With Fabric Scraps

Since I’m not a quilter (at least not yet), I have to work a bit harder to come up with creative ways to use fabric scraps left over from sewing clothes. One of my favorite ways to use scraps is for wrapping packages and presenting gifts. I adore a well-presented package, and it allows me to combine my love of paper and fabric together in a fun way. From fabric cards to gift bags to fabric gift tags, you can make so much great stuff with small amounts of fabric. And it takes no time at all!

Projects from Customizing Cool Clothes. Clockwise from top left: Flower Tank, Beaded Flower Blouse, Pink Jewel Sweater, Glamorous Party Skirt.

Fabric and paper come together in one of my personalized packages. 




At the holidays, I manage to get myself organized enough to make at least a few handmade gifts. But I am rarely prepared for the birthdays, wedding and baby showers, and new baby congrats presents needed throughout the rest of the year. And in my line of work, everyone expects me to be Martha Stewart 24/7 and give them something handmade for every occasion. Maintaining my street credibility at all times is a lot of pressure! Seriously, there are only so many hours in the day. So if I can’t make the entire gift, I can at least offer a well-presented gift with a handmade gift tag, whipped up in minutes. Friends and family are happy and there are smiles all around. Disappointment averted!

Check out these easy-to-make personalized gift tags and name tags designed by Tara Rebman from 101 Patchwork Projects + Quilts. You can sew one of these up an hour before your next birthday party or shower and impress everyone with your thoughtful and personalized gift presentation. What’s great about these is that they don’t have to be precise-the wonkiness is part of their charm.

Materials (supplies for four tags)

Twenty 1″-1½” × 5″ fabric strips or selvedges

Four 2″ × 3″ scraps of light, solid fabric

Four batting scraps, 3½” × 4½”

Four 3½” × 4½” scraps of fabric for backing

Four 10″ long narrow ribbons or strings (for gift tags)

Four 1″ bar pins (for name tags)

1. Sew the fabric strips into 4 sets of 5 strips each. The sets should be about 4″ × 5″. Press the seams to the side. Cut into 1″ wide strips.

2. Sew the strips, log cabin-style, around a 2″ × 3″ fabric scrap. Using 1 strip from each original strip set gives a truly scrappy look. Press well.

Personalized Gift Tags and Name Tags from 101 Patchwork Gifts and Quilts.

Personalized Gift Tags and Name Tags from 101 Patchwork Projects + Quilts. 




3. Place a scrap of batting under your itsy-bitsy quilt top.

4. Using the free-motion settings for your machine, “write” your message on the center fabric. Go over your stitching several times for the clearest results.

5. For the hanging tags, knot the ends of a length of ribbon or string and place the loop on top of the tag with the knot over the left edge about 1/4 ” from the top.

6. Place the backing fabric right sides together with your tag. Trim the batting and backing even with the tag. Stitch around the tag 1/4 ” from the edge, leaving a 2″ opening in the bottom for turning.

7. Clip the corners and turn. Press well. Edgestitch around the tag, closing the opening as you do so.

8. For name tags, hot glue or sew pins onto the backs.

Tip: Make several tags at once, but stop after Step 3. Whenever an occasion arises pull one out and have a personalized tag ready for gifting in a matter of minutes.

You will always be the hit of the party with a personalized gift! And you can customize these tags further by using hand stitching, stamping, appliqué, or small embellishments. How easy is that! For more quick and easy scrap-busting projects, check out 101 Patchwork Projects + Quilts and enjoy stress-free gift giving all year-round.

Happy sewing,


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4 thoughts on “Personalized Gift Tags to Make in a Snap!

  1. I love this newsletter from Tricia Waddell. There are times when I need a little project to inspire my sewing desires and this is just right. Thank you Tricia W.

  2. Hi Tricia,
    I really enjoyed this post! It also made me think about something similar that I’m interested in: Fabric postcards! They’re great to send and use up spare fabric you have lying around. I’ve done a few and really enjoy sending and receiving them, they’re so fun to make.