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

Handmade Cloth Doll – free face cut file

I may have all boys, but I have few little nieces who I get to sew all things girly for! For my niece’s 2nd birthday I decided to make her a handmade doll. I had so much fun making her! This is where my fabric hoarding comes in handy – I always have an abundance of little bits of fabric I can’t bear to part with.

I used Amie Scott’s Free Ragdoll Pattern for the body of the doll.

I am terrible at hand embroidery so I decided to use heat transfer vinyl for the doll’s face. I made a cut file for the eyelashes and mouth. Free download available below! I ironed the vinyl on the face before sewing the doll together.

The eyelashes measured about 2.5 inches across and the mouth about 0.75 inches wide.

Such a fun sewing project to experminet with texture and fabric. Go make one for all the little girls you know! If you make one please tag me on instagram @handmadejoydesigns #handmadejoyblog. I would love to see what you created!

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!