Thursday, December 8, 2011

Making Christmas - Embroidered Gift Tags with Craftyminx

Hello! I'm Dana Beach from craftyminx, where I blog about my many crafting adventures and life with my husband, Sheldon and our two dogs, Dewey and Dash. We love making Christmas in our household and one of the ways I like to share the handmade element is with our Christmas wrapping. I use brown kraft paper for our gifts all year round. It doesn’t take up as much space as numerous tubes of wrapping paper and a big roll will last years and only costs about thirty dollars.  Last year, I dressed up simple packages with yarn and handmade yarn flowers and I purchased tags from Gingiber.

While perusing my fabric stash I came across some pink and green vintage velvet that I bought at an estate sale a few years ago and decided it would make really cute tags for our presents this year.
Here are the supplies I used:

Vintage Velvet (Felt would work great as well)
A coordinating fabric for the back. 
Embroidery floss in a couple of coordinating colors
A sharp embroidery needle 
An Embroidery Hoop
Scissors and pinking shears if you have them
A pencil
A piece of cardstock cut into the size tag you want – This will be your template

Step 1:

Trace the tag template onto your Velvet with a pencil. Then, write the name of the recipient in the middle. Remember to make it large enough to stitch.
Step 2:

Place your embroidery hoop on the velvet fabric and stitch the name only. I used three strands of embroidery floss and the backstitch. If you’re new to embroidery you can find a great tutorial for this stitch at Early Bird Special.
Step 3:

Add your coordinating fabric to the back of the piece and re-attach the hoop.
Step 4:

Embroider around the tag going through both fabrics. This will sandwich them together and hide the back of your work with the name. I used the back stitch again. But I think a running stitch or even a bunch of French knots would be really cute as well. You could also do this step on your sewing machine.
Step 5:

I cut around my tags with pinking shears for a decorative border and added some floss to tie on the tag with.

I wrapped my gift with kraft paper and yarn. I use yarn a lot with gifts because it is one craft supply I always have an abundance of. I crocheted a cute little bow hair-clip for this gift since it is going to my niece and clipped the hair bow and the tag onto the gift. Wrapping presents this way is my way of showing I went that extra step to make a gift extra special.
Thanks for having me Erin! I’m excited to see all of the other ways people “make Christmas.” 


  1. phenomenal...and so pretty!


  2. I love this...those packages look so beautiful! :) -Lo

  3. this is such a great idea! I love it, and will definitely try it out on my gifts this year! thank you :)

  4. Oooh, I like the idea of embroidered gift tags! And I like the idea of kraft paper. Thanks so much for sharing!

  5. how cute! this is so simple and yet super sweet. thanks for sharing!!

  6. gorgeous. i wish i had the time to do something so personal for each tag and gift!! lovely.