Frequent traveler or not, here is a useful little DIY to make your personalized Faux leather Luggage tag for your stress free travel. This project does not need sewing and it allows you to custom fill your labels according to your destinations. As the title suggests, I have used a Cricut machine to do the cutting part. In order to make it easy for you guys, I have the templates free for your personal use. Have fun making it!.
- Faux Leather – colors of your choice
- Transparent Plastic sheet
- Cricut machine + strong grip mat + Fine point blade, Deep point blade
- Snap fastener & Double Cap Rivet + installation tools
- Rubber mallet
- Super glue or E-6000
- Thick paper for Label
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Faux Leather Luggage Tag with Label
Step – 1 : Open the template
Upload the png file to your cricut design space and save as your project. The template I have shared has two designs, as shown on this tutorial. The first one has the label opening on the front and other on the rear. Select the one you are going to cut first and turn off all other layers.
Step – 2 : Material choice and cut setting
You need to first choose your color and material. Here I have two types of faux leather. My red and pink leathers are thick and not so flexible. Both the sides have different texture leather but same color. The pearl white and silver leather are thin and flexible enough to fold. Their rear side is fabric felt finish in white color. You do not need to get faux leather with two different thickness like me. You will be totally fine with two thin leather and it would become stiff when we combine them together. The flexibility is needed only for the part where leather is folded to make a lid for the tag.
Following are the material setting I used :
Thick leather (Red & Pink ) – Deep point blade – ‘Speed: 275 & Multicut: Off’.
Thin Leather (Pearl White & Silver) – ‘Felt wool bonded’ – Fine point blade.
Note: Place the good side facing down on the strong grip Mat. Secure the material with masking tape even though a strong grip mat is used.
I used scoring stylus to mark the fold on the leather. But it din’t work for this material. So I applied a little glue under the fold to hold its shape.
Step – 3 : Cut the Plastic sheet
After cutting the necessary leather patterns, you have to cut the plastic transparent sheet for the label protector. They are the light blue color layers in the design template. I used fine point blade and material setting “stencil film 0.4mm”
Step – 4 :
Apply glue to the plastic cut pieces and the leather. Apply pressure until it properly adheres. At this point, DO NOT glue the leather pieces together. We will do that after installing the snaps.
Step – 5 : Snap fastener installation
This is the tricky part. Position the leather on top of each other in correct alignment and mark the place to mount the snap button. Poke a hole with your cricut weeder tool.
For the next part, you definitely need the kit with tools to install. First you have to punch the hole with the given punch tool. Then, just follow the instructions that came along with the kit to install the snap fastener. Make sure you do this on a hard surface.
Step – 6 : Glue the leather pieces
Once you have installed the fasteners, it is time to glue the leather. I am using super glue here. Apply on both the sides of the material and carefully align them together. Hold tight until it dries. Or keep it under some weight.
Step – 7 : Making the Tag
This part is easy to cut by yourself with a craft knife. Cut Faux leather to size 8.5 inch x 0.6 inch. If you are using thin faux leather, I recommend cutting two pieces and bond them back to back to make it stiff enough. Next, insert one end of the leather into the hole of our tag and fold at least an inch to make space for leather rivet.
Use the tool kit that came along with the rivets and install them to secure your tag. Now, make a slit using knife for 4 inch at the center of the leather. This where you will insert the Label tag to secure it with your luggage. You can also use snap fasteners to secure the tag instead of a slit.
Step – 8 : Create Label
You can use any paper you have to make your own label. Just cut to the size and insert into the tag. Or you can even use draw option in cricut to write your details directly on the paper.
Here is the final outcome.
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