Monday, August 10, 2009

Create your own Hang Tag

Adding your own Hang Tag to your finished knit gift is a great way to personalize it and make it feel like an expensive high-end item. It also gives you a chance to let the receiver know about the care instructions as well as the yarn contents.

First decide what size and shape your tag will be. The tag shown is 4" wide by 1.75" high. You can set your tag layout up on your computer, or just create something by hand.

Things to include on your tag might be your name, that the item was hand-knit, who it is for, the washing/care instructions as well as the yarn or material content.

Once all of the information is in place, you can print and glue (ideally a PVA glue so it won't wrinkle the paper) your front side onto a fun printed paper for the back of the tag. This adds personality and also thickens the paper to make it more durable. Below are some sample paper patterns found at a local paper store.

After you have mounted your paper to the back of the tag, you might want to use a corner rounder to curve the corners which is available at stores like Paper Source in a variety of sizes. You can either punch a hole and place a grommet (the metal ring) also available at Paper Source or Michael's, or cut a slit with an exacto blade to insert your ribbon or string.

To attach the tag, use a thin piece of ribbon, maybe in a fun coordinating color, or even a piece of twine or embroidery thread. Now your ready to give your beautiful knit gift!


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