by toogie ( edited 6d ago ) 8d ago

Hello Cuties, here is just another luggage tag but what I have to tell you will explain why I posted it.

I just made my first ones, since Christmas, and since no instructions came with the free design I figured out how to hoop and embroider. Or rather I figured a few weeks ago. Tonight I boo- boo-ed but saved it I think.
First mistake-I should have hooped WSS but I hooped cutaway.
After I started stitched the top Gone Again, I knew I had hooped the wrong stabilizer to get a clean edge when I stitched my last color, the satin stitch.
So instead of wasting my cutaway and pretty cloth, I went ahead and finished it in the hoop without stopping to trim my fabric.
After my final stitch, I removed it from my hoop and trimmed just the stabilizer FIRST. Then I laid it flat and placing my ruler along each edge, I trimmed the front and back edge evenly away from the satin stitch, being careful not to cut my strap off in the process.
Because I knew I could never get a pretty satin edge with cutaway not showing, I decided to fringe it like the raggedy edges. I thought it wouldn't show the white of the stabilizer as much and I saved my mistake. What do you think?
I know that is a loaded question and I think this tag is appropriately named, because times like this I think my mind HAS Gone Again!- lol😉

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by Sewmum1 5d ago

Love your ragged edge tag. Great save

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toogie by toogie 4d ago

Thank you

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by noah 6d ago

Looks great Toogie hugs

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toogie by toogie 4d ago

Thanks

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by katydid 6d ago

Great job. Hate it when the instructions are missing. Kay

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toogie by toogie 4d ago

I do too Kay, but most times you can figure it out. Thanks

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by rachap 6d ago

It looks great. I like the way you think outside the box (Or should I say Hoop??) to come up with a solution to a problem.

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toogie by toogie 4d ago

Thank you, sometimes when my thinking goes away, it comes back-lol-I should have knew better than to hoop cutaway. Oh well, someone will have a unique one and should surely spot their luggage.

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by joycedia 6d ago

I think you did a great "save" on this tag. Nicely done!!
** Wondering where the "Gone Again" embroidery design came from and/or what font it is? I would really like this design as it applies to my life too. :) Thanks for sharing the pictures and description.

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toogie by toogie 6d ago

The 'Gone Again' saying was suggested by kingmar. I had asked in Community for gift ideas and she suggested this as one of the sayings for luggage. The font was one I had downloaded free from mycutesewboutique. It is still free and comes in 6 sizes.

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by evilsoft 7d ago

Your great. I would have used a pinking blade or shears. I think your fringe is much better. Great save.

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toogie by toogie 6d ago

Thanks, the pinking shears would have been another option but tried this first.

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by parkermom 7d ago

I like the raggy edges. And the fabric! Maybe our minds have gone to the same place, because mine has been absent for a while now.

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toogie by toogie 7d ago

Then we are in the 'same boat' so to speak. Thanks!

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by kustomkuddle 7d ago

Great save Toogie. Looks like it was made to be this.

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toogie by toogie 7d ago

It is now!-lol

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by sewtired 7d ago

Great work Toogie!

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toogie by toogie 7d ago

Thanks!

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by sonjapotgieter 7d ago

So Awesome work...Beautiful!!Love it

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toogie by toogie 7d ago

Thank you Sonja

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by lbrow 7d ago

Wonderful job Toogie. I like the ragged edge. Makes it look different. and I like different, but like you I hate all that snipping, makes my hand cramp

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toogie by toogie 7d ago

That's it Mrs Lillian, hurts your hands, that is why that John Deere baby quilt in still in the UFO bin. Thanks and good to see more of you. Hope the leg is getting some pink back in it.

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by pennyhal2 7d ago

My mind is "gone again" a lot! I think it's a great save and am particularly fond of the fabric. As they say, you have to learn from the mistakes of others as you won't live long enough to make them all yourself.

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toogie by toogie 7d ago

lol, lol- I sure am giving it a try though!

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by basketkase 7d ago

Love your luggage tags.....great job! Pretty fabric, too....

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toogie by toogie 7d ago

Thanks the fabric was a fat quarter I got on sale.

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by cooperal 7d ago

Well done! That wasn't a mistake, it was an opportunity to be creative. As I used to tell my young beginner sewers, "DIFFERENT doesn't mean WRONG". Besides we often learn valuable lessons when we make a mistake. I love your tag the way it is. Be blessed, Avis

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toogie by toogie 7d ago

Thank you Avis. A good way of looking at things, too.

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by kingmar 7d ago

Great save. Love the fabric. You may have started a new trend in luggage tags. mk

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toogie by toogie 7d ago

Oh I hope not, got too many of the other!-lol

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by sjbrower 7d ago

Nice save Toogie! you are so creative!

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toogie by toogie 7d ago

Born of necessity!-lol

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by crafter2243 Moderator 7d ago

That is a great save never to be duplicated

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toogie by toogie 7d ago

lol- not likely! thanks

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by dragonflyer 7d ago

Great save, Toogie...bet it took a bit of time to cut those raggy slits though!

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toogie by toogie 7d ago

Not this little thing, but I do have a baby quilt that is so close to finishing, it really wouldn't take much longer. I just gave up on it with all THAT snipping! ..Thanks

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by pcteddyb 7d ago

Nice Save.

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toogie by toogie 7d ago

Thanks

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by mrskiki 7d ago

Looks terrific to me! Hugs. Nan

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toogie by toogie 7d ago

Thanks Nan. I won't purposely make another like it, but this one was saved to give.

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by sewmadau 7d ago

Great work, looks great

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toogie by toogie 7d ago

Thank you very much. Are you new here? If so, Welcome to Cute!

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by airyfairy 7d ago

Love it. Something a bit different

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toogie by toogie 7d ago

Another way of spotting your different luggage!-lol Thanks!

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by pennifold 8d ago

Great save Toogie, it's always good to show our mistakes and we can all learn from them. I don't know how many times I've done something and have missed a step along the way and had to go back and redo it. Love Chris

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toogie by toogie 7d ago

That's why I think this site and all the Cuties (including you) are such a blessing to me. I learn from all of you and hopefully, someone can learn from me. At least, I hope I do more good than harm-lol

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by westozi 8d ago

Love it. I think you were very clever to retrieve your mistake the way you did and I love the colour. Where did you get the pattern?

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toogie by toogie 7d ago

Oh gosh, it's been so long ago that I download, maybe 12 years. Do you go to designsbysick.com? They have tags. You could basically use any shape applique you like. Just make your strap separately, like I did on my regular sewing machine.
Hoop your WSS- Your applique should have a placement stitch for color 1 and then float your top fabric on top of WSS over placement line.
Color 2 should be a tackdown stitch to hold your fabric. Now you will have to repeat the tack down step, to tack the back on. ( I hope you know how to do this with your machine. Just back up a color.)
Then removing the hoop from machine, but not removing the stabilizer/tag from the hoop, you just insert the strap you have made on back of your WWS about 1/2 inch and then place your back fabric over the strap, securing with tape or however you do. I pin but my pins are on top, way out of way of needle. Now run that tack down stitch color again and if it is a good applique it will have a zig-zag step/color change. I run that too.
Now removing the hoop from machine, NOT the project from the hoop, carefully trim your top fabric without cutting or pulling on the WSS. Turn hoop over and trim the back fabric BUT be careful and don't cut your strap. Now place hoop back on the machine and stitch the satin edge of the applique.
I think I explained this ok, but it is late at night, early morning for me so ask tomorrow if not sure.
I did forget to mention, it you want to embroider a phrase or saying, do this on the front top only, before you place your back and strap on! I stitch my saying after my fabric is tacked down. I also cut my strap 2 1/2 inch wide by 7in or longer if you prefer. If you can't make the strap, ask tomorrow.If you can, then great!
After removing from hoop and WSS I then take it to my sewing machine and stitch 3 sides of a plastic piece on the reverse side (if you emb one side) leaving an opening on top short end to insert address card. Whew!
You did ask!-lol-Good night Toogie

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