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The latest issue of Mollie Makes dropped through the letterbox on Saturday. Joy!!!! This month’s issue included fabric and instructions to make your own Wild West style luggage tag. I’ve been a subscriber to Mollie Makes from issue no. 2, but this was the first time that I though “What the heck, I’m gonna use the Mollie Makes freebies and make something!”

Roll on Sunday morning and I was in my payamas, ready to craft me some luggage tags! (I’m saying this with a John Wayne cowboy twang, cigarette dangling from the corner of my mouth.)

Being the bad@ass cowboy that I am, I wasn’t really feeling the mustard spotty fabric, so I used leftover greyish-green from my Larger Than Life crochet handbag for the front of the tag.
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My horse sewing machine is somewhere in the garage, so I got out the needle and thread and did it old school style. Backstitch by hand baby, that’s how wild I am.

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When it came to attaching the loop, I realised that if I follow the instructions to the letter, I wouldn’t be able to attach my tag to my luggage, as the loop is sewed into the top of the tag, so I improvised – cowboy crochet style.  I made two chains of 25 chain stitches each with a Rowan Handknit Cotton yarn and 3mm crochet hook and sewed the two to the top of the tag. Now I can tie it in a lasso bow to my luggage.

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I love my luggage tag! Do you see how the wooden house peeks out just above the green frame and how the deer and duck is framed behind the clear acetate. I didn’t plan it that way, it just worked out brilliantly well this way! When my name and address info is in the tag, the house will be visible just above my home address. So perfect!

My next flight is the 19th of July to Stuttgart. I’m only taking hand luggage, but I’m definitely going to be using my handmade Mollie Makes luggage tag. So bully (that’s cowboy slang for happy)!

Say you don’t like my luggage tag. Go on, say it.

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