Dale Carnegie said that, “there is no sweeter sound to any person’s ear than the sound of their own name,” and I couldn’t agree more! That’s why these leather tags are such a new favorite of mine. Whether you emblazon them with your own name, or label every container in the house….I don’t think you can ever go wrong. What needs a leather hang tag in your life?
1. Take your pattern (you can download the template here, and size it to your liking), trace it on to your leather with your awl, and then cut it out with your straightedge and rotary cutter.
2.Take a q-tip and slowly paint the perimeter of your tag. Let it dry. Then paint it once more for good measure. (Note: I also use an edge burnisher and a little targomcanth to make edges smooth before painting, but this isn’t necessary).
3. Turn your tag vertical, and with your ruler measure out the center of your tag….then mark it with your awl. Next, use your hole to make a hole in your leather as pictured (Note: i had to go back and make mine larger because I used thicker leather.
4. Next, either use pre-made suede cord, or use your straight edge and rotary cutter to cut your own. Slip it through your hole.
5. Lastly, measure out where centered you want your letters to go. After that, wet the back of your tag a tiny bit…and then with your mallet, pound in your desired letters.
Brandhyze Stanley is the chief leather goods designer and creator of Brandhyze + Co. A DIY girl at heart—Brandhyze has been featured on Dr. Oz, The View, The Today Show, InStyle Magazine, Essence Magazine, and MTVStyle. A Wilhelmina Model for over a decade, with a Business Degree from Loyola University Chicago, Brandhyze has provided DIY content to the popular How-To Site, eHow; and has been a contributor for the Huffington Post, Yahoo Finance, Super Money, Good Housekeeping, and Newsday Westchester, to name a few. Brandhyze is a lover of leather and a mixer of textiles, follow her on Instagram @BrandhyzeandCo.