These lovely little embroidered gift tags are easy to make yourself using this tutorial as a guide. We also have a handy kit for sale in our store with everything you need to make one of each of these patterns- you can find them here.
What you need:
- Embroidery thread (we used red, green, brown, yellow, white)
- 1x Needle
- 3x Pins
- Blank gift tags (any type/size will do; ours measured 8x4cm & you need 2 per embroidered tag)
- Pattern (sized on paper that fits the tags; we used tracing paper)
- Glue or double sided tape
- Well-folded Towel or Felting Sponge
How to make the tags:
- Either make up your own patterns, or download our patterns here. Our patterns are graded 1-3 with 1 being the easiest and 3 the hardest. Number 1 is the star; it’s a good one to begin with. But we've demonstrated number 3, the pudding.
- Take your first choice of paper pattern and fold it on three sides around one of the gift tags, centring the image. You’ll notice that the patterns we've designed have no curves- this is so there are obvious points to sew between. You are going to transfer this image by just pricking holes in the gift tag with a pin where you want your needle to go when sewing the image.
- Place the tag/pattern combo on the very well folded towel and push a pin vertically through a point on your pattern. Use a second pin to secure an opposite corner of your pattern, again pushing the pin vertically through the towel. These will anchor the pattern in place.
- Now take the third pin, and prick all the angle corner points on your pattern, ensuring that the pin goes all the way through both the pattern paper and the gift tag. Make sure you don’t miss any angle points. Take your pattern off the gift tag. The front of the tag will be smoother than the back.
- Each piece of embroidery thread is made up of 6 strands. Split each piece of thread completely, so that there are two sets of 3 threads together (image 3); do this to each colour. Then chose a colour and thread the needle with 3 strands, knotting one end of the thread.
- Using the pictures of the finished tags at the top of this page as a colour-guide, choose a starting point on your pattern and push the threaded needle through from the back of the tag to the front. Now backstitch your way around each point of the pattern, again using the pictures of the finished tags as a guide. For the tree, sew the green bits first, then red, then yellow. For the pudding, sew the brown first, then white, then green, and the red berries last.
- Finish stitching each colour with the thread through the underside of the tag. Use the needle to knot the thread around one of your stitches, making sure to pull the thread to keep the stitches on the front tight.
- NB: When you get to the pudding, take note that the red berry sewing holes you punch will be quite close together; be careful not to join these holes into one large hole when stitching.
- When you’re finished sewing, glue or double-sided tape a blank gift tag to the back of the sewn tag, to hide your messy stitching on the back.
- Your gift tag is complete! Now have a cup of tea and a biscuit, you’ve earned it.