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Tag Along

Itchin’ to stitch? Work up embroidered gift tags quickly, and then reuse them as ornaments after the gifts are opened.



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Designer: Amy Sinibaldi


Materials for “Love Santa” Tag

  • 6" square red-and-cream diagonal stripe (border, backing)
  • 2-3⁄4" square tan linen (tag front)
  • Water-soluble marking pen
  • Embroidery floss: brown
  • Embroidery needle
  • 1⁄4"-diameter (size 0) grommet: silver
  • Twine


Finished tag: 2-3⁄4" square

Measurements include 1⁄4" seam allowances. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.


Cut Fabric

From red-and-cream diagonal stripe, cut: 

  • 1—3-1⁄4" square 
  • 2—3⁄4 ×3-1⁄4" border strips 
  • 2—3⁄4 ×2-3⁄4" border strips


Assemble “Love Santa” Tag

1.    Sew red-and-cream stripe 3⁄4 ×2-3⁄4" border strips to opposite edges of tan linen 2-3⁄4" square. Sew red-and-cream stripe 3⁄4 ×3-1⁄4" border strips to remaining edges. Press seams open.

2.   Click on "Download this Project" above for pattern pieces. Trace “Love Santa” Tag Pattern onto white paper. Tape traced pattern to a light box or bright window. Center and tape Step 1 square over pattern. Using a water-soluble marking pen, trace pattern onto Step 1 square. 

3.    Using three strands of brown floss, backstitch lettering; add running stitches 1⁄8" inside border to make tag front. 

4.    Sew together tag front and red-and-cream stripe 3-1⁄4" square, leaving a 2" opening along one edge. Turn right side out, and hand-stitch opening closed; press. Topstitch around all edges.

5.    To make a hanger, follow manufacturer’s instructions and attach a grommet at center top of linen square. Thread twine through grommet to complete tag.