A few weeks ago, I showed you guys a bunch of DIY keychains using my favorite (new-to-me) medium: faux leather. I was genuinely so impressed with how easy it was to cut and craft with, that I couldn’t wait to make more awesome projects with it! Today, I want to show you how to make DIY Luggage Tags with any e-cutter machine and more faux leather. These luggage tags are not only super simple to make, but are perfect for labeling and accessorizing your luggage, as well as bins and baskets around your home! Let me show you how fun they are to make!
This was a really fun project for me because I designed these DIY Luggage Tags myself. I had a specific shape and design in my head, but I also wanted to make them super user-friendly and easy to put together. It took a lot of trial-and-error to get the size, shape, closure, and label inserts just right, but it was a creative process I don’t do often and really, really enjoyed!
The result is a set of two luggage tag designs (horizontal and vertical orientation) that can be used in a multitude of ways!
These DIY Luggage Tags looks professional, work wonderfully, and require just a few budget-friendly supplies! Here is what you need:
- Faux Pebble Leather – This lightweight, easy-to-cut material is amazing for this kind of project, but you could also do it with other non-fray materials such as suede, felt, etc.
- Clear plastic sheets – I have a whole stack of clear binding covers that I got with my workbook binding machine, but these smaller ones would work perfectly!
- Snaps – In the past, I’ve found snaps really tricky to work with. I am totally smitten with this inexpensive snaps kit since it includes everything you need (both snaps and tools) and they look super stylish!
- Gorilla Glue – You can certainly use any other strong adhesive (including hot glue), but I found this clear gel the strongest and easiest to control.
- Printer paper or cardstock – for the label inserts
- SVG File – you can snag this FREE SVG file by clicking HERE (check your downloads folder for the .svg file after you click)
- E-cutter machine and accessories – I used my Cricut Maker and a Standard-Grip Mat, but since I am providing the SVG files, you can use any electronic cutting machine you have that can cut thicker materials. (NOTE: The Cricut Explore will also works great, but the Cricut Joy isn’t quite strong enough for the faux leather).
- Iron or EasyPress Mini
- Home printer or Pens – to make the label inserts
Upload the SVG File
Once the file is placed onto your design canvas, you will notice there are three layers to each luggage tag:
- The Top Layer (light blue tag with the cutout window) – should be cut from the faux leather
- The Middle Layer (light grey rectangle) – should be cut from clear plastic.
- The Bottom Layer (dark blue tag with single line) – should be cut from the faux leather
NOTE: Although the luggage files are sized and designed to import and be cut as is, you will need to first Attach the straight line to the bottom layer so they are cut together (see below).
Cut the Materials
To cut the top and bottom layers from faux leather with a Cricut Maker or Explore:
- Place the faux leather, face down, onto a Standard Grip Mat.
- Select “Faux Leather (Paper Thin)” from the Custom Materials Menu.
- Use a Fine-Point Blade to cut out the luggage tag designs.
To cut the middle rectangle layer from a clear plastic sheet with a Cricut Maker or Explore:
- Load a plastic sheet onto a Standard or Light-Grip Mat.
- Select “Plastic Packaging” from the Custom Materials Menu.
- Use a Fine-Point Blade to cut out the rectangle shape.
- Before unloading your mat, check to make sure the plastic was cut through. If not, re-cut it as many times as needed (just hit the flashing Cricut button) before unloading.
Assemble the DIY Luggage Tags
When the faux leather luggage tags come off the mat, they will likely be all curled up. Although not necessary, I suggest lightly pressing them with a low-temp iron or an EasyPress Mini to make for easier assembly.
To assemble the luggage tags, you will essentially make a sandwich with the three layers, as shown below:
- Bottom layer, wrong side up
- Middle clear layer
- Top layer, right side up
Start by using a light line of Gorilla Glue along the very outside perimeter of the bottom layer. Do your best to not get any glue on the slit opening. Working quickly, place the clear rectangle onto the glue, lining up the edges all the way around.
Next, place another light line of Gorilla Glue around the frame opening of the top layer. Place it down, right side up, onto the clear rectangle, again lining up all the edges.
Finally, use more glue to secure the top and bottom straps to each other, lining up the two holes and edges all the way around.
Unlike hot glue, you might find that the Gorilla Glue is not immediately tacky enough to hold your tag together (but I promise, it will hold once it’s fully dry!) You may want to sandwich your tags in between heaving books as they dry to really secure all the layers together.
Apply the Snaps
The next step is to secure snaps into the two holes on the assembled luggage tags.
Friends…I used to hate working with snaps. I could never get them to stay on my projects tight enough without warping or damaging the snapping mechanism. After loving these rivets so much on my keychain project, I ordered this coordinating kit of snaps and they are the most user-friendly I’ve ever used! Just use the included instructions and a few strong whacks of a hammer to put chic and functional snaps on your tags, as shown below!
Create Label Inserts
Your DIY Luggage Tags are pretty much done, but the final step is to create the label inserts to go inside. There are lots of different ways you can do this, but if you want to make labels using your e-cutter, here is how I recommend doing it:
- Place another top layer luggage tag image onto your canvas.
- Use the Contour tool to turn off the luggage shape and turn on the interior window shape.
- Add text or pictures for whatever you want your luggage tag label to say. Then Attach the label and text together before sending to cut.
For this project, I chose to use a basic black pen and Fine-Point Blade in my Cricut Maker to make the inserts out of white cardstock. You could also use the Print-the-Cut function to make your labels.
Once you have the inserts cut and ready to go, slide them into the open slit along the back of the luggage tag and line them up with the open window.
Now your luggage tags are all ready to snap onto your favorite bag so you can identify them quickly and easily!
Although I technically designed these for luggage, I couldn’t resist trying them as basket labels. #ofcourse Man, I might need to find some baskets to use these on because they look ah-mazing!
I really mean it when I say these DIY Luggage Tags come together in a snap (ha!). They really are easy enough to pull together for your next family vacation (even if it’s this weekend) or to outfit an entire playroom worth of baskets. And if you have leftover faux leather, just use it to whip up a bunch of matching keychains while you’re at it! 😉