DIY mini hang tags

Recently I was commissioned to sew 10 coin purses out of vintage kimono silk remnants. Part of providing the service of craft is the presentation. Sure, I could have delivered the purses in a plastic grocery bag, but the buyer is more impressed when she receives them as though they are a gift. It’s remarkable how much a tiny hang tag on your product gives it a professional finish.

I have yet to order Alaska Knit Nat hang tags. I just don’t feel like ordering large quantities and I worry they might not turn out right and I’d have spent money on something I won’t use.

Here’s a way to create your own hang tags in small quantities that is super inexpensive.

DIY mini hang tags | Give your products a professional finish with affordable homemade hang tags. Tutorial from Alaska Knit Nat

First, log in to Canva.com. If you aren’t familiar with it, it’s a fantastic, free site where you can create pretty graphic elements from Facebook posts to business cards. It’s like graphic design for dummies.

Instead of selecting a template, click “use custom dimensions” and create a document that’s 2 inches wide and 1 inch tall.

Next, design your hang tag. I made sure to leave extra room on the left side to punch a hole in it. I also made sure the text had some breathing room in case the tags print a little larger than intended.

Save your design as a PDF and open it in a photo editing program such as Adobe Photoshop or Indesign. In Photoshop, create a new file that’s 300 dpi and 4 x 6 inches.

Drag your mini hang tag into this new document and position it in the upper left corner. Duplicate this layer 11 times and arrange your hang tags so that 12 fit within the 4 x 6 dimension.

DIY mini hang tags | Give your products a professional finish with affordable homemade hang tags. Tutorial from Alaska Knit Nat

Flatten the image and save it as a high-quality JPG.

Either print out this file yourself or have it printed at any drugstore photo processor. I spent 20 cents at Walgreens to print one copy and I got 12 mini tags!

DIY mini hang tags | Give your products a professional finish with affordable homemade hang tags. Tutorial from Alaska Knit Nat

Cut up your tags. Use a darning needle or a tiny hole punch to make a hole on the edge. Use string to tie tags to your product. Ta-da!

DIY mini hang tags | Give your products a professional finish with affordable homemade hang tags. Tutorial from Alaska Knit Nat

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