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

DIY Mask Pouch for backpack or Purse – Sewing Tutorial

Are your kids going back to school? In our area the Covid cases are low so kids are going back to school in September. However they are required to wear masks in the common areas of school. I’ve made these pouches to attach to their backpacks so that their masks are easy to reach when they arrive at school! Below I have included a quick tutorial to show you how I made them.

Supplies needed: main fabric and lining fabric, velcro, amd ribbon or bias tape. The mask fabric I used is available in my Spoonflower collection.

First You will cut out 2 pieces of fabric 12 inches x 6 inches – one main fabric and one lining fabric. I wanted to have a rounded edge so I traced a lid and rounded the corners of the top. You will also cut a 3.5 inch piece of ribbon or bias tape for the loop.

Next you will sew your fabric right sides together, leaving a small gap so you can turn it right-side-out after.

Turn right-side-out and fold the bottom up to form the pouch. You will pin your ribbon/bias tape in place along the side. Sew along the edge to secure. Final step is to sew on your velcro. You can do this before you sew the pouch if you find that easier.

I used a key ring to attach it to a zipper on my son’s backpack. I love that they will always have their mask handy when they enter school in the morning!

Soft Elastic ear loops for your homemade fabric Mask

Soft diy mask earloops from headband

If you would have told me a year ago that I would be sewing a stack of cloth masks for my family, I would have thought you were crazy! But here we are. I am finding there is a shortage of elastic now that everyone is making masks, so I had to get creative when making mine.

I bought some stretchy headbands and cut them up into strips to make my ear loops. They work great and are so soft on the ears!

I was able to get four pairs of ear loops from each headband. However, that would vary depending on the stretch of the headband fabric.

I used Made Every Day’s Fabric Face Mask free pattern to make my masks. The only change I made was to do ears loops instead of the around the head ties.

I hope you try this is you are having trouble finding elastic to make masks or if you just want to try something that is softer on the ears! What is your favourite fabric mask pattern? I am going to try the 3D fitted mask style next.

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Easy DIY Dog Collar

When we got our little Lucy I wasn’t that impressed with the selection of dog collars in the pet store. I decided to try making a collar but found it hard to source the hardware without buying big quantities of them in bulk. When browsing in the Dollar Tree I saw their dog collars and thought I would try using their hardware to make my own collar.

Supplies needed: Dog collar, seam ripper, ribbon

This time I used a mint satin ribbon. The first collar I made her was with a velvet ribbon. The velvet one is probably my favourite that I’ve made. I am on the hunt for wider velvet ribbon so I can make a new one.

Remember to take photos of the collar before your take it apart so you will know how to put it back together!!

First you need to use a seam ripper to take out the seams of your collar. There are 2 areas sewn on the collar.

Once you have done that, remove the buckles and D ring. Next cut a piece of ribbon the same length as the collar.

Place the ribbon on top of the collar and sew along each side to secure it.

You will now put it back together and sew to secure everything in place. That’s it, you’re done! Now go try it on your pup!

Just want to mention that Lucy’s sweet dog tag was ordered from the Etsy Shop Field Trip. I love it so much! We have had it for almost three years now and it is still in perfect shape.

I decided to add her name with some heat transfer vinyl. Don’t throw away those vinyl scraps from other projects!

This is such an easy and inexpensive project. I love that I can change up her collar for holidays or just when they get dirty without having to spend a lot every time!

DIY Baby Footprint Ornaments – Made with Cricut

These baby footprint ornaments are my new favourite ornaments on our tree! I am going to show you how easy these were to make with my Cricut.

First step is to scan your footprints. (I had a good cry while looking through the baby books….how do they grow up so fast!) I then uploaded the image into Cricut Design Space. I selected simple image and removed the white space so only the footprint remained.

Save your image as a cut file and insert onto the canvas. I added each child’s name to the ornament as well. Cut out your vinyl and apply to your ornament!

A quick, easy keepsake ornament for your tree! Now go dig out those baby books, there is still time before Christmas to whip up these ornaments.

I would love to see yours if you make some! Tag me on Instagram @handmadejoydesigns and use #handmadejoyblog

Mini Plant Stand Tutorial

I picked up some plants for the boys’ teachers and wanted to make mini plant stands for them. I’m so happy with how they turned out! I put together a little tutorial for you below if you’d like to make one too.

You will Need:

1 – 1/2 inch wood dowel

4 – 1/2 inch copper plumbing fittings

4 – 1/2 inch copper plumbing caps

Wood glue

1/4 inch wooden dowel pins

*I made these for a 5 inch plant pot. Remember to measure your pot and adjust accordingly. *

First you will need to cut your dowel.

8 – 4 inch pieces

1 – 5.5 inch piece

2 – 2.5 inch pieces

Next drill a hole through the center of the 5.5 inch dowel piece and glue the dowel pin in place. Drill holes in one end of each of the 2.5 inch dowel pieces. Put some wood glue into each drilled hole and insert dowel pin. Allow glue to dry completely.

Now you will assemble the legs of your plant stand. Insert 4 inch dowel pieces into top and bottom of the copper plumbing fittings and put copper caps on bottom of the legs.

Once your glue has completely dried you can assemble the plant stand. I just love how the wood and copper look together! I stained one stand and left the other unstained – I couldn’t decide which I liked better.

If you make one tag me on Instagram @handmadejoydesigns and use #handmadejoyblog I would love to see your mini plant stands!