I’m still trying to mad prep for heading out of town the next few weeks, but you know I have to do it with a little DIY style, so I made these pom pom leather luggage tags for my new luggage! For the longest time I had a polka dot ribbon tied to my luggage that my dad put on them years ago to help me notice mine easily, so I wanted to stick with the tradition with the colorful poms, and I’m kind of in love.
In case you’re not the avid traveler type, this would also be a really cute project for kids bags for school, baby bags, clutches, or overnight bags. Plus, they’re a great reason to have a ton of ridiculous colors in one fluff ball, am I right? And don’t let the materials list on this one fool you, it’s not as intimidating as it might sound, especially when you can buy most of these steps pre-made if you’d like.
- Leather remnant pieces at least 3×2 inches per flag
- Rotary cutter (optional)
- Xacto knife
- Straight edge for cutting (or ruler)
- Leather alphabet punch kit
- Pre-made pom poms or pom pom maker in two sizes
- Yarn of your choice
- Leather rotary hole punch
- Brass eyelets and setting kit
- Brass jump rings
- Brass split rings
- Round nose pliers
- All purpose cement
For the pom poms, you can make your own several different ways, or you can buy ones already made (like Etsy). To make these multi-colored ones, I wrapped several different colors of yarn around the pom pom maker, and used braided yarn to tie the poms off so that the string to tie them onto the keyring would have a bit more strength.
To make the leather tags, use a rotary cutter and straight edge to cut a 1×2.5 inch rectangle. Next, use an Xacto knife to cut a triangle from one edge to create a flag shape.
Once the flag is made, use the alphabet leather punch to stamp your name on the tag. To make the circle, choose the rotary setting thats the same size as your eyelets so that it fits snug.
To make the leather tag stronger, insert an eyelet with a bit of glue around it into the circle and set it with the eyelet tool.
Next, use the jump ring to attach the keyring and leather tag together with round nose pliers.
Lastly, make a set of double knots on the end of the yarn string and attach them to the keyring through the braid just beneath the knot, then twist the keyring onto your bag or luggage handle.
Now all you have to do is make a thousand more for all of your friends… or something like that. As for how well they hold up, I’m not quite sure yet! I’ll let you know on this one after my trip next week.