Fabric Tag Calendar

  • Difficulty Rating: Beginner
Fabric Tag Calendar

The digital age, with the multitude of organization tools, has stolen much of the glory of the personal paper planner.

Electronic devices are smaller and they hold an incredible amount of information. The information stored in them is quickly and easily searchable using keywords. Many of the programs work in conjunction with one another. While personal organization has been streamlined and vastly improved with these options, when meshing all the activities and appointments of a family, the wall calendar is still the tool of choice for most of us. There is no learning curve for figuring out how to work it. Calendars are inexpensive. They are always in a central location and visible to everyone.

Again thanks to the digital age, our options for beautiful calendars is immense. You can have your own design printed inexpensively in a photo lab, there are online tools to assist with designing a calendar, and there are many preprinted calendars both online and in brick-and-mortar stores. Calendars can be small or they can be so large as to be the focal point of a wall.

The base for my calendar is a 17x12 stretched canvas. I simply covered it with muslin that I pulled to the back side of the wooden frame and stapled in place using my husband's staple gun. Any fabric, from burlap to satin, could be used for the base.

Planning for a fabric base does not mean paper is off limits. Using cardstock for the name of the month allowed me to use punches and book paper, two options that would not have been possible had I used fabric.

To allow me to customize each month with a seasonal color or holiday theme, I included a strip of fabric behind the name of the month. This can easily be replaced by attaching it with sewing pins or velcro circles rather than stitching it to the background fabric.

To create the daily space for my calendar, I used a small shipping tag as inspiration for my fabric tags. This was a great way to use up some scraps I had on hand. Each tag is made from 2 layers stitched together and when using thinner materials, I also used iron-in interfacing to add a little bit of stability. I used the piercing tool from the Sew Taxi to poke a hole in each tag for running the string through. The options for creating the daily space on a calendar are endless. I could have used the shipping tag itself to save time. I could have used lengths of a wider ribbon, with a "V" cut out of each end, folded in half over the string. I could have used circles or triangles. The options are limited only by your imagination. Fiskars offers many tools to help create these spaces from punched shapes, the use of Shape Cutting templates, and the Fuse die-cutting system.

Adding the numbers to the daily space offer another outlet for endless creativity. I envisioned using stamps when I planned this project but when I went looking, I didn't have any that were the right font and size. I was rummaging through my stash looking for other options and found some rub ons I bought probably 5 years ago. They are perfectly bold, perfectly sized, and perfectly vintage. Exactly what I was looking for. And it allowed me to pat myself on the back and reassure myself that being a "saver" may make my family shake their heads, but sometimes the pay off is big.

When I planned this project I intended to use Velcro circles to attach the daily spaces. As the project progressed, I changed my mind. I thought the strings would add to the rustic look I was trying to achieve. And to be completely transparent, the final deciding factor was it would mean accurately measuring for location and then hand sewing 10 little hangers instead of 70 Velcro circles. I used the eye part of a hook and eye attachment as my hangers. Other options that went through my mind were jump rings, also for tying the strings through, and buttons for wrapping the strings around.

ading information to tags as simple as a slip of paper

Adding information to the tags can be as simple as jotting a quick note on a slip of paper and clipping it to the tag.

Adding information to tags that are repeated

Or you can be more creative with activities that are likely to be repeated. Try using stamps either on fabric or paper.

using paper punches

You can also use punched shapes.

get creative with your tags

Get creative with ways to attach your activities to the tags. Repositionable note pads can be used on paper calendars. For fabric calendars, inexpensive sewing pins, tiny clothes pins, decorative metal paper clips, and small bull clips are all good options.