Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Vintage Sewing Tag

Vintage Sewing Tag

Technique: Papercraft

600 gsm card stock
old sewing pattern
Distress Inks:
* Antique Linen
* Bundled Sage
* Brushed Corduroy
scraps of lace
ephemera, embellishments etc

Sizzix Big Shot Machine
Tim Holtz Alterations
* Tag and Book Plate die
* Tattered Florals die

This week's challenge at Simon Says Stamp is to Show Some Stitching

I covered a piece of card stock with several layers of an old sewing pattern before putting it through the Sizzix to cut the tag out.  Once cut I have distressed it with a little Brushed Corduroy.

I found this gorgeous postcard here, the site is worth the visit for all the other lovely vintage images freely available.

I printed the postcard on linen paper so that it had a fabric look.  Cut a piece of muslin slightly larger than the postcard, and glue that to a piece of ordinary white paper, then glue the post card in position on that so you have a three layer sandwich, then using a sewing machine zig zag around the edges to secure.  Tear away the base paper and pull out loose muslin threads until you have a fringed effect.  Distress the stitching and the muslin with antique linen.

The lace flowers are died with Antique Linen and Bundled Sage and glued into position on the card.  The button card that you can see peeking out from behind the postcard is an actual vintage button card, tattered and torn, from my grandmother's button collection.

The flower is made using layers of muslin and tissue paper from the sewing pattern and the Tattered Floral die.  I have about 9 layers, alternating between tissue, plain white muslin, and muslin dyed with Antique Linen.  The strips of fabric at the top of the tag are also muslin dyed with Antique Linen, love that colour!  The button that forms the centre of the flower is from my collection.


  1. what a great vintage label morgan.
    beautiful lace and a beautiful button on your flower.

    greetings karin

  2. Hello! Your vintage sewing tag is wonderful! I love the vintage label you used as your focal point. Love your colorizing...all of beautiful lace elements you've added. Your tattered flower is lovely and the two stick pins behind it are perfect! You even used a pattern as part of your background and the measuring tape running vertically is placed perfectly! Nice job!!! Thanks so much for joining us for the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge. <3 Candy

  3. Way cool tag. Love all the sewing ephemera and image you added. Thanks for joining the challenge at Simon Says Stamp & Show.

  4. Hello from Canada. Just found your inspiring blog through someones pin at Pinterest. Very interesting. Will come back and look further when time permits.