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Hi Friends! I wanted to share with you how easy and quick it is to whip up some custom bag tags with your Cricut Maker. You can personalize them however you want and put them on sports bags, luggage, backpacks, almost anything! A sports bag tag was much-needed when my son came home with the wrong bag after a practice!
My son started playing football this year. Even though it scares me (a lot!) , he is out there and loving it so far. I was hoping the over 100 degree heat, 3 hour-long practices and people tackling him would change his mind, but it hasn’t. So, I’m going to have to figure out a way to deal with my anxious ways or just not watch the games!
The team he is on lends all the players a large bag to carry all their equipment in during the season. Let me rephrase that, they lend all 25 boys the same exact blue bag!
As you can imagine, it didn’t take long for them to start bringing home each other’s bags. What’s a crafty Mama to do? Whip up some sports bag tags, of course! One of the many reasons I love my Cricut, is that you can make and personalize anything!! For a ton of other reasons why I love my Cricut and all the things you can make with it, click here!
Materials Needed for DIY Custom Bag Tags
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- Cricut Maker – found on Amazon here or Cricut.com here
- Faux Leather
- Iron On Vinyl – I like Siser Easyweed Heat Transfer Vinyl
- Heat Press, EasyPress or iron
- Liquid Stitch
I used my Cricut Maker to cut out the tag shape in faux leather but you can always use scissors or a rotary blade if you don’t have an electronic cutting machine. I searched “tags” in Cricut Design Space under images and inserted one that I liked. Then I inserted our last name as text and uploaded a bulldog image. I sized everything to how big I wanted it and hit “Make It”. Make sure you click “mirror” on the next screen on the mats with the name and mascot (Ones that will be cut out of iron-on vinyl).
I cut the faux leather a little bit bigger than I needed, placed it on a fabric grip mat, set the setting to faux leather and let my Cricut do the work.
Once I pulled off the extra material, I was left with this.
I also cut out the iron-on vinyl and weeded off the extra. If you would like a video tutorial on how to cut and weed HTV, click here.
I use a heat press to adhere HTV to fabric, but you could also use an iron or Cricut Easy Press. I set my heat press to 284 and let it warm up.
Put the pebbled side of your tag up and center the HTV. Press for 15 seconds. Peel off the backing. That’s one of the reasons I love siser easyweed. You can pull off the backing when it’s hot or cold! Do both pieces!
If you’d like a little extra instruction on this step, you can check out my tutorial on how to iron on HTV here.
Then all you need to do is glue the wrong sides together. I first tried to use Fabric Fusion but it didn’t work on the faux leather. So, I ended up using Unique Stitch and it worked perfectly! Let it dry!
That’s it!! I attached it to my son’s football bag and now he never brings home the wrong one!
You could make these custom bag tags for so many different kinds of bags, luggage, for gifts, party favors, team parties, etc..
Thanks so much for stopping by! Please let me know if you have any questions.
Have a creative day!
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