Hello lovelies! Today I am SO excited to share how to make these darling Ruffled Crepe Paper Tags! I just love all things ruffly and girly. Oh, and paper too. These tags are super easy to make. All you need is a couple different colors of crepe paper, mailing tags and a sewing machine. They are the perfect topper for presents and packages. I used Valentine’s Day colors, well, because they are my favorite!
This past weekend I got together with one of my favorite people to make these cute tags. We had pink tea and brownies when we made them. Aren’t we super girly and fun. HA! Anyway, my friend actually did the sewing of the tags. She was my model for the day so I could take pictures of the work in progress.
Here are the materials we used to make the ruffled crepe paper tags:
- Crepe paper
- Mailing tags. I bought mine here.
- White sewing thread
- Sewing machine
First start by cutting your crepe paper. The small tags are 3-3/4 x 1-7/8 inches. I cut the crepe paper in 5 inch pieces. When the crepe paper is sewn and ruffled, it gets smaller.
The next step is totally up to you. The best looking tags I think have 3 pieces of crepe paper. For the tag above, we used 2 pieces of red and 1 piece of white. Overlap the 2 pieces of red by about half an inch. Then lay the piece of white crepe paper in the middle of the 2 red pieces. We also found it easier when sewing to pin both the bottom and top of the paper together. This will hold the crepe paper in place while sewing.
To set up your sewing machine, you want to make sure your machine is set on the longest stitch and strongest tension. Place the pinned crepe paper pieces under the needle. Make sure to remove the pin from the top before you start sewing.
To add even more tension, hold the thread tightly when your hand. This is what gives the crepe paper it’s ruffles. Sew down the middle of the paper. When you get to the bottom, make sure to remove the pin. Back stitch to secure the thread.
Place the ruffled crepe paper in the middle of the tag. Sew carefully down the thread line on the crepe paper. Back stitch both the top and bottom this time. *You do NOT need to hold the spool of thread for this step.
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