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Scrappy Fabric Tags

January 6, 2013

Like eating potato chips, I couldn’t stop at just one of these scrappy tags…

…or two…or three….well, you get the idea.

It started out with this pile of lace bits.

Then there was this bag of burlap scraps and white fabric pieces.

I began doodling with some letter stamps…

…and then started layering the pieces together.

I stitched with absolutely no rules. It was so freeing. Is that even a word? Yes, I say it is.

It may not have been necessary, but I stitched every layer separately.

I went back over stitches if the mood struck me. I loved the shabby, scrappy look.

When I finished one, I just couldn’t stop. I got into assembly-line mode and began cutting, snipping and fraying several stacks of tags. I realize now that even thought the laces were varied, the layout seems to be the same on all of them. Next time, (there will be a next time because I haven’t put any of the materials away) I plan to rearrange the layout.

Although I loved them, they didn’t look quite done once the bits and pieces were stitched together.

Out came the bobbles and doodads. (buttons and jewelry)

This batch was decorated with vintage brooches and earrings, but I’m thinking the next batch will be embellished with old buttons and charms.

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  1. Love these tags. i have been playing iwth fabric tags for Valentine’s. I especially am fond of the way you incorporated the scraps and buttons. I am now an email follower.

  2. Love this! What a fun and sweet way to use up scraps of lace and old buttons. Thanks so much for sharing! I’ll be pinning this so I can refer back.

  3. Just have to say that I not only pinned it, but I put it on my Facebook page, too. What a sweet project!

  4. I love your scrappy tags. I am on a Valentine’s kick so I will put this on my list for the next week.
    Thanks for sharing.

  5. Oh so pretty. I have tiny letter stamps and lots of lace. I should try to make these. Thanks for sharing clear steps too. I found you via Make it Pretty Monday

  6. I love, love, love these! They are so cute. Thanks for sharing. I am pinning this so I can make some later.

  7. Love these! What a great idea! Thank you for sharing this at Rustic Restorations Weekend!

  8. These are so sweet! I have lots of scraps laying around and always think I’ll do something with them. Of course, I never do. Your lovely project just may be the inspiration i need. I’m sharing your project on my Once Upon a Firefly FB page. Thanks! P.S. I’m a new follower.

  9. Thanks for sharing these beautiful tags at Simple & Sweet Fridays. Love how you used stamps and lace together.

  10. Wow, they are so lovely. What a great way to use up scraps. Can’t wait to make some for myself. Thanks for sharing.

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