DIY Leather Tags for Hand knit or Crochet Items – Tutorial and free SVG

leather tag tutorial

Fall is when I pick up my knitting needles again and enjoy cozying up on the couch with a knitting project. I love the look of leather tags on knit/crochet items. I came up with this DIY version that is easy to create at home with some leather and heat transfer vinyl. I am giving you the free SVG file below too!

I made my tags out of leather from a thrifted bag. I am always on the lookout for leather bags and jackets when thrifting! To make these tags you will need leather (or faux leather), Heat transfer vinyl, my free cut file which you’ll find below, and a hammer and nail.

First you will cut a 1 inch by 2 inch rectangle out of the leather. Then using the hammer and Nail you will punch a hole in each corner of the tag. Be careful not to punch too close to the edge or the hole could rip. Use a piece of scrap wood under while you hammer.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE FREE SVG

Now you will cut your design out of vinyl and apply it to your tag. Make sure when weeding the vinyl to remove the outline as shown below. It is a bit tedious because it is such a small piece. I used a hair straightener to apply my vinyl to the leather. It works great for small applications like this! I just put parchment paper between the straightener and the leather.

Now you get to sew your finished tag on and admire how professional your handknit looks!

If you make your own tags I’d love to see how they look on your hand knit or Crochet creations! Tag me on Instagram @handmadejoydesigns #handmadejoyblog

leather tag tutorial

Free Fall Phone Wallpaper – FREEBIE FRIDAY

Free fall phone wallpaper

“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

The temperatures have dropped over the last week and it feels like Fall is around the corner! Fall is my favourite season. I love the changing leaves and crisp weather, it just makes me want to cosy up with a cup of tea. Today I’ve got a free fall phone wallpaper for you!

To download the wallpaper to your phone you will need to click and hold the image below and save it to your phone. Then you’ll just set it as your wallpaper.

Starting this month I’m going to be giving away a freebie every Friday. Make sure to keep checking back every week for Free cut files, graphics and printables!

Free Phone Wallpaper

Free Printable Handmade Gift Planner

Christmas is fast approaching and one of my favourite things to do is make handmade gifts for friends and family.  I try to make at least one handmade gift for each of my boys every year. The key to getting them under the tree is starting early.  I’m terrible for this and usually spend the morning of Christmas Eve sewing, crafting, and knitting to finish up gifts.

This year I created this Handmade Gift planner to get organized and keep me on track.  I am giving it to you as a free download! You can keep track of the tutorial and patterns you plan to use and the supplies you need to have on hand to create your handmade gifts.

Click the photo below to download your FREE PRINTABLE HANDMADE GIFT PLANNER.

What are you planning on making for gifts this year?

The Greatest Showman party invitation ~ FREE PRINTABLE!

Anyone else a huge fan of The Greatest Showman?!?  I love that movie!  The album has been on repeat since I saw it.  I designed this Greatest Showman party invitation and am offering it as a free download! See the the download link below to download the printable PDF file.

The Greatest Showman invitation free printable.

“No one ever made a difference by being like everyone else.”  – PT Barnum

I’m planning to throw a Greatest Showman party for my 9 year old in the Spring. It is his favourite movie.  Since the movie is based on the circus I am planning on circus food, decor, activities and of course lots of The Greatest Showman music!

Circus Food Ideas

  • popcorn
  • hot dogs
  • cotton candy
  • mini donuts

Circus Activity Ideas

  • Stilt walking (with our homemade stilts)
  • tightrope (planning to set-up the slack line for the kids to use)

CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO GET THE FREE PRINTABLE INVITATION

Get the FREE Greatest Showman Printable Invitation HERE

Tag me on instagram @handmadejoydesigns and use #handmadejoyblog so I can see your Greatest Showman party!

Be sure to check out my The Greatest Showman Party idea board on Pinterest for lots of great inspiration. So many fun circus party ideas!

Chalk Painted Floors ~ free cement tile stencil download

The original linoleum floors in our main bath were just the grossest pee yellow colour. We aren’t ready to do a full reno of the bathroom but I couldn’t live with them any longer. Here is the before picture. Ew!

I decided to try painting them with chalk paint. I designed a stencil based on my favourite cement tiles and cut it using my Cricut machine.  Scroll down for the free cut file! I am thrilled with how they turned out!  They are a huge improvement over the pee yellow linoleum.

I first gave the floors a really good clean and then painted the entire floor in Rustoleum Chalked Linen White.  I let that dry overnight and then Stencilled on the cement tile pattern in Rustoleum Chalked Aged Grey.  After letting it dry overnight again I put on two coats of a clear coat polyacrylic sealer. They have held up amazing well!

I used my Cricut to cut the stencil.  You can buy stencil material for your Cricut/Silhouette machine.  However I found some clear plastic file folders at the Dollar Store that worked great for stencil plastic. If you don’t have a Cricut or Silhouette machine you could print off the PDF version of the stencil and cut it out by hand.

Click HERE to download the FREE CUT FILE for the cement tile stencil!

If you have ugly linoleum or tile floors give this a try!  Tag me on Instagram @handmadejoydesigns and use #handmadejoyblog I would love to see your project!

Music Teacher Gift – Free Cut File

Its almost the end of the school year for my kids and all of their activities are wrapping up. Time to start getting the teacher gifts made! I decided to make our piano and violin teacher a tote bag.  A tote bag is a practical gift and really who doesn’t love a cute tote? I have included the cut file in this post as a free download for you so you can make one too!

I made a simple tote bag out of some white canvas I had in my fabric stash, but a pre-made tote bag works just as well.  This is such a quick and easy project, prefect for last minute gifts. I simply cut the heat transfer vinyl with my Cricut machine and ironed it on. This design would look great on mugs and t-shirts too. I included the PNG and PDF files as well so you could even print off the PDF and frame it if you prefer.

Life Without Music Freebie – Click to download

To download the free SVG, PDF, & PNG files click the link above.

Now go make your music teacher an awesome gift!

If you make something tag me on Instagram @handmadejoydesigns and use #handmadejoyblog I would love to see your project!