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Advent Calendar 2018 – the sixth door

Welcome to the 6th  window of the BERNINA Advent calendar. Today I would like to show you how to use your material scraps to make beautiful gift tags at the last minute.

I like it best when I don’t have to go back to the store to buy more materials for a project, and I can find everything I need in my little work room. I am going to go out on a limb here and assume that you already have everything you need to make these gift tags.

Materials

  • Scraps of cotton fabric, such as German tweed from Zuleeg
  • Fusible Decovil  
  • Satin ribbon in a matching color (or a cord or normal gift ribbon)
  • Scissors, thread, pins
  • Gift tag pattern

Instructions for a Christmas gift tag

After you have cut out the shape of your gift tag from the pattern, cut it out twice from the material and once from the Decovil insert. 


After you have cut out the shape of your gift tag from the pattern, cut it out twice from the material and once from the Decovil insert. 

You will need approx. 12 cm of the satin ribbon or a ribbon of your choice.

In the next step, lay the material wrong side to wrong side (!) and catch the doubled satin ribbon on one of the corners. Fix this in place with pins.

Choose a tight zigzag stitch – which also has a decorative effect – to sew the pieces together. Of course, you can choose any decorative stitch you like.

Start at one of the corners ..

.. and slowly work your way around the pattern.

Finally, the two pieces of material are sewn together and the insert gives the tag some light stability. Just what a gift tag needs. With a little heat and a fair amount of steam, iron the gift tag into shape.

You can also use the color-coordinated satin ribbon to wrap up the present, highlighting the color of the gift tag. Paired with the simple elegance of the coarse linen, it is a real delight to place such an item under the Christmas tree.

I hope you enjoy making these gift tags and have a wonderful Christmas season in the company of your loved ones.

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