Does someone in your house travel frequently? Someone in our house does. Actually, he doesn’t travel nearly as much as he used to which seemed like it was constant. I found myself on repeat saying I’m so glad you’re enjoying São Paulo/Mexico City/Paris/Barcelona/Bonn/London/Seoul/Tokyo but I’m 5 months pregnant and Katie has bronchitis so I don’t really want to hear about it. Okay, well it wasn’t always that bad but I was afraid that I would go into labor and he wouldn’t be here. Anyway, now he’s on an airplane far less and often he’s traveling domestically so that means the trips are shorter too.
So back at Father’s Day — yes I said Father’s Day and I’m not blogging about it until now, I told you I had some stuff to catch up on — the kids gave him a new piece of luggage but that seemed like a little bit boring. Plus, we’ve had a hand theme going on the last few years. If you travel at all you know that most of the luggage out there is black and your suitcase can be easily confused with someone else’s. Enter the urchin hand luggage tags. These were about the easiest thing ever to make and so cute.
I traced their hand onto a piece of freezer paper and cut it out. Then I traced the shape onto a piece of timtex. Next, I cut a small red heart from wool felt and machine appliquéd it to a piece of denim. Line up your freezer paper hand on the denim so the heart is under the palm of the hand and iron it to the right side right over the heart. Now you’re going to make a sandwich on your worktable like this: denim (wrongside up) + timtex + denim w/heart (rightside up) and freezer paper. You want the freezer paper and timtex to line up as best you can. Then you just sew around the freezer paper as close as you can to the edge of the timtex. After you’ve sewn around you can cut out the hand shape from the denim leaving a small seam allowance – the edges will fray with use. I used my grommet punch thingy to add a grommet and then threaded a piece of ribbon through to attach it to the luggage. A piece of leather lace would probably be sturdier. Cute and easy… perfect.