These simple, DIY cross-stitch gift tags are a wonderful addition to any present. With some chipboard, your favorite color embroidery floss, and the Fiskars Thick Materials punch, you will have adorable and personalized tags in no time.
Cross-Stitch Alphabet Gift Tags
By Jen Causey of Something Turquoise
- Ideal for punching unique embellishments from thick and tough craft materials like cardboard, balsa wood, foam, cardstock, chipboard, corkboard, foil, printed cotton paper, canvas, photos and more
- Punches recycled materials found around the home, like aluminum cans, milk jugs, cereal boxes, newspapers, magazines, postcards, junk mail and more
- Punches multiple layers of light craft paper to reduce repeat punches on big projects or when layering for dimension
- Portable design makes it more convenient than large die-cutting machines when crafting on the go
- Locks down when not in use for space-saving storage
- Softgrip® punch button makes repetitive punching more comfortable
- Size: 2"
- Lifetime warranty
- Tag Thick Materials Punch (Large, 2")
- Traditional design is ideal for punching simple shapes in craft projects for both functional and decorative purposes
- Cushioned grip provides comfortable use
- Confetti catcher holds all clippings
- Color-coded handle makes it easy to find the right punch in your collection
- For best results, use on 65-lb. cardstock and lower
- Lifetime warranty
- Heart Hand Punch (1/4")
- Ideal for cutting multiple layers and all-purpose cutting through thick and heavy mixed media materials like cardstock, magnet, chipboard, fiberglass cloth and much more
- Amplify® technology senses blade separation when cutting thick mixed media materials and forces the blades back together for crisp, clean cuts every time — the floating blade tang transfers energy to the torsion bar which adjusts the blade to its optimal angle
- Premium-grade stainless-steel blades with a precisely honed edge cut cleanly all the way to the tip and stay sharp
- Exceptional comfort and control provided by thumb and finger loops with ergonomic sculpting to fit the shape and natural movement of the hand
- Softgrip® touchpoints enhance comfort and control
- Protective sheath keeps the blades safe and protected
- Length: 8"
- Lifetime warranty
- Amplify® Mixed Media Shears (8")
Now you can create with thick and tough materials like aluminum cans, cardboard, balsa wood, milk jugs, foam and more thanks to our exclusive new punch design.
A traditional design makes punching simple shapes quick and easy.
Designed to cut thick and heavy mixed media, these shears feature blades ideal for all-purpose cutting tasks.
Four small pieces of felt
Twine, ribbon, boxes, etc.
Alphabet template (included in article)
Before you get started, don’t forget to download and print the alphabet template onto plain computer paper.
1. Use the large Tag Thick Materials Punch to punch out your tag shapes. The tags will measure 2″ x 1 1/4″ and you can get 20 tags from each 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheet of chipboard. These punches work perfectly because they are designed to punch through a variety of thick materials, like this chipboard.
2. Use the 1/4″ Heart Hand Punch to punch heart shaped holes at the top of the tags. Of course you can use a regular circle punch, or any other shape – but these little heart punches will make the tags special and unique.
3. From the alphabet pattern, cut out the individual letter you would like to use for your tag. Center the letter on the tag and adhere using a piece of washi tape. In preparation for the piercing needed, stack 4 small pieces of felt together to serve as the base. The felt behind the tag makes it easy to pierce the holes without nicking your table in the process.
4. With your tag on top of the felt, use a thumb tack to pierce each sewing hole. Press the thumb tack through the pattern and the chipboard at the tip of each “X” arm. Where two “X’s” intersect, you only need to pierce one hole, as you will actually be sewing each “X”, connecting them. Having the holes created in the tag before you sew makes the process much easier and quicker.
5. The next step is to cross-stitch your letter with embroidery floss. Most embroidery floss comes with 6 strands, so separate the floss into 3 strands, as 6 is too thick for this project. Work your way across the letter sewing each “X” on the tag. If you get lost in the design, refer back to the pattern. Tie a knot on the back when you are finished with your stitching.
Your DIY tag is now complete! To finish your gift, consider wrapping the package with a wide strip of cardstock that matches the embroidery floss. Finally, wrap around the cardstock with gold twine at least 6 times, and add the cross-stitch gift tag before tying the knot.
Thanks to SomethingTurquoise.com for this cute project. You can see the Jen’s original post here.