Gift tags

Recently, the speaker at our guild was Ann Lainhart.  She presented a trunk show of lovely fussy-cut quilts.  One of the patterns she had for sale was an 8 sided Christmas ornament.  She also brought fabrics that would work well with her pattern and she had many finished ornaments for sale.  I don’t usually indulge in this sort of thing, but the projects were small and her striped fabrics were different.  I bought her pattern and 3 fabric pieces to try a few.

Later, a fellow guild member suggested that these would make lovely gift tags.  I concurred and came home to figure out how to make it work.  The pattern makes a double sided ornament, each side cut from the same fabric but slightly different in orientation.  The gift tag idea makes the fabric go twice as far since they are single sided and backed with plain fabric for writing on.  Also, rather than filled with several layers of batting, I used a stiff Pelon batting.  And I promptly made a play date with my friend to make more.  After piecing 12 (yep, I bought more fabric at the local shops), we got together to finish them off.

Start with a strip of striped fabric.  Large patterns are difficult and require more fabric and some planning.  Smaller patterns are easier.

Cut 8 triangles from each side of the strip.

Sew them together, being careful to match the stripes so the pattern continues nicely around the octagon.
Cut a layer of stiff batting and a back.  Attach a hanging loop and satin stitch around the edge.  Voila!


5 Responses to “Gift tags”

  1. 1 colleenkole December 12, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    You win-the craziest…I can’t beat this. Truly, I can’t even come close.

  2. 2 Ellen December 13, 2011 at 4:14 am

    Cool. They remind me of kaleidoscopes!

  3. 3 Norma December 13, 2011 at 7:44 am

    These are so elegant and I love your Advent houses, too.

  4. 5 Nellie Durand December 13, 2011 at 9:52 am

    Nice, but still quite a bit of work. I think these will be what I make for my Grandkids next year. Thanks.

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