Ideas for Finishing Handmade Gifts and Tags

When you make a handmade gift, you want the person to remember that it was made with love. Here are some ideas for finishing handmade gifts and tags.

When you make a handmade gift, you want that person to remember that it was made with love, and that you would rather have spent the time making something special than just buy them a Snuggie online. Here are some ideas for finishing handmade gifts and homemade tags.

The simplest way to add a “tag” to your handmade items is to just write your name on it. For most things, a fine-tip permanent marker does the job. For fabric, you’ll need a special fabric pen. These are very inexpensive and can be found in several colors.

You can find permanent markers on Amazon.

When you make a handmade gift, you want the person to remember that it was made with love. Here are some ideas for finishing handmade gifts and tags.

If you want something more professional-looking, you can make your own tags.

These were made with printable, iron-on fabric. If you do not buy iron-on printable fabric, but just regular printable fabric, then just sew the tags to your item. I made the design in Photoshop, and printed a sheet of fabric with my ink-jet printer. That yielded a few dozen tags, I haven’t even used them  all of them in two years.

You can find printable fabric on Amazon.

When you make a handmade gift, you want the person to remember that it was made with love. Here are some ideas for finishing handmade gifts and tags.

If you have a bit more to say, like adding care instructions for the item, or simply a greeting, you can print some nice-looking tags.  I used a light-colored scrapbooking paper, composed the tags in Word (you can use any other text-processor), printed the tags, cut them out and punched holes to tie them with a piece of cotton string (you can use your cool-looking yarn remnants for this).

Avery has several free templates that you can modify, or download these from Microsoft. If you want to find some really cool free fonts for your tags, I’ve downloaded many from this site, they are free for personal use.

When you make a handmade gift, you want the person to remember that it was made with love. Here are some ideas for finishing handmade gifts and tags.

I hope you find these ideas useful, I love well thought-out gifts (that don’t have to be expensive), and since the “season for giving” is approaching, maybe it’s time to crack those crafty fingers and start making some nice, inexpensive gifts for the loved ones. Save the Snuggie for the obnoxious co-worker you had the misfortune to pick in the office secret Santa.

Have a great weekend folks!

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10 Comments

  1. I do have 'proper' woven labels I use for my Etsy stuff, but I don't usually tag presents, I'm not sure why.. maybe I will after reading this, I can see it is a nice touch.I especially like the photo at the top, where you have hand-written your name, and I really love the little coordinated beaded zip pull!

  2. Anonymous says:

    As always, fabulous ideas. I am definitely going to copy your idea of signing my sewing projects, it can be more fun than regular tags. Brilliant!~ Sunny ~

  3. All things nice... says:

    Lovely ideas, if only I could make something good enough to put my name on it :)All things nice…

  4. Jo Dumoulin says:

    That's such a lovely idea.. Isn't it funny how the simplest things make all the difference.'God is in the details'.. they say.Jo xx

  5. Wonderful ideas, must buy and make more handmade gifts this Christmas. They mean so much more then something purchase in a chain store.

  6. Lana Mango says:

    I have a cool project with printable fabric in the making.Keep an eye out for it.

  7. This post so inspired me to focus on handmade and give the recipient a warm reminder of who loves them! My poor printer thinks it is just for paper, thanks for the idea on the printable fabric! I enjoy following your blog …. I ALWAYS find something useful! jules

  8. Lana Mango says:

    Susie, it didn't occur to me to sew the care tags to the item itself. Something to keep in mind for the future.

  9. Ah, thank you for this Lana Mango. I'm hoping to make a few bags soon and this information is very timely! Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

  10. You can also print out laundering instructions or your own logo (using your inkjet printer) directly onto fabric made to move through a printer, then fuse it to the item… or simply sew this little fabric piece between the seams for a 'real' tag! I really love this pen idea, though… seems so much more special having handwriting on the gift. I'm going out today to get me one!

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