TNT: Upcycle Clothing Tags into Fabulous Embellishments 14

Thanks for joining me for another TNT video where we are just exploding with tips, tricks and ideas to help you every Thursday!

Today’s TNT video is how to take tags off items you already purchase and need, like the packaging from your new shoes (check out whats on the box) or the marketing on your new dress, or how about that leather tag on the back pocket of your new jeans….and turn them into Fabulously trendy embellishments for your cards and scrapbook layouts!

Just watch how easy this is!

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14 thoughts on “TNT: Upcycle Clothing Tags into Fabulous Embellishments

  • Jane Dubois

    Thank you for this idea. I just hate to throw things away if I can use them in some way. I have recycled a lot of things, but I never thought of clothing tags before! Always there with the great ideas, that’s why I love to check into your tutorials, tricks and tips.

  • Peggy Whisenhunt

    I have always been a recycler. I make jewelry with wire and beads on domino’s. So this idea of saving the tags on clothing and such is a great idea. Wish I had thought of that, even the buttons that come on clothing, rarely do I ever have to use them, so off to the scrapbook pages they will go. What about the mesh that onions come in, now my mind is going into overdrive for things to use. thanks megan, hope you are well, keep up the good work. lol

  • Dreama

    I’ve actually done this several times. Some of these new tags are hard to just throw away aren’t they? Love this idea.

  • MommyMe

    I’m an avid “upcycler”. I reuse many things, but I’ve yet to put a price tag onto a card…Does this mean I HAVE to go out and buy something new? (Well, if you say so!) You’re really cranking out these videos. This on was like speed carding. I hope you don’t burn yourself out!

  • Sarah

    I’ve saved three of that same tag – they were just too fun to throw away. I’m really glad to see I’m not the only one who does this!

  • Carmen Elrod

    Thanks Megan for that cool tip! I save tags for my Smash Book , but had never thought to use them on cards! The wheels are turning now~ I have a craft show in two days~ so I had better go find some tags and make a few unique cards! Have a great Day everyone!

  • Beth Devitt

    I love the fact that you did this. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve look at a clothing tag and thought, ‘wow this is pretty cool, I hate to throw it away’. But then the other side of the brain says: ‘you can’t save everything, just throw it away’. So now I feel as though you’ve given me permission to save ’em. Thanks šŸ™‚

  • GaylaT

    As a long time crazy quilter and devoted embellisher extrodinaire, I know tags and labels. I have bought clothing items that aren’t even my size in order to have a label to attach to a quilt patch. I will say that the items have usually been from a thrift store or garage sale and I also planned to use the silk fabric in my handiwork. Taking that label or tag one step further by making a copy to use in scrapping is pretty much a no brainer. So many things like ribbon, beads and charms I’ve used on my fabric projects for years are making an appearance on paper. I have spent many years transferring images onto fabric and now find myself reversing that and putting fabric and techniques I use on fabric on the paper. I used my sewing machine to make embroidery stitches on cards that I was sending to other crazy quilters long before I saw it being done on scrappy blogs and I am not the only one who has been doing it a long time. We always include a booklet for other stitchers to write on when we send out a round robin project and I began by stitching up the spine on my home made booklets and to go ahead and include fancy stitches on the card was not a big leap. Most of the items in my craft room are set up to work with either medium. I recently made a card with a cut out window and put a padded image on silk fabric in the window. Most of the images found online or on discs have been used by fabulous stitchers like Judith Baker Montana since the early 1980’s and are now popular with paper crafters. Just thought it might be of interest to some younger crafters who have not been around long enough to have seen this change over the years and I think it’s a great idea to use what you have for other mediums in a current project.

    • Kristina

      To Gayla, Even though I was a seamstress in past years, paper crafting is my new hobby, and I found your comments to be fascinating! Isn’t it fun how we all can share, even across various “mediums” of creativity and across different knowledge perspectives, too? I think that the desire to be creative can link us to so many talented people. Truly, thanks for sharing!

  • Debbie

    Hi Megan,
    I started saving tags a few months ago but haven’t used any of them in a project yet. Some of the the tags I’ve saved was because of the shape and not because of what was on the tag. I am planning on covering them with some pretty paper and adding some bling. After watching your video, I have to go back through my tags to see if any can be used with a little ink and distressing. Thanks for all the great tips!

  • Andrea Asher

    Great idea!!!
    I actually have a lot of these saved.
    Even when my Grandson was little before they come out with all the Blues Clues and etc. I saved all the tags for his book that I haven’t finished.

  • Kristina

    O.K.!! So I am neither crazy nor alone in my semi-guilty habit of “I know that I should throw this tag away, but it is so cute (or pretty or unique) and I think that I might use it in a scrapbook design someday….”