If you're like me, and thousands of others who have a nondescript black suitcase that is always a trick to pick out of a conveyor belt crowd, this leather luggage tag Instructable is for you!

Step 1: The Goods

Here's what you need to make these time saving and good looking travel accessories:

  1. a thick rubber leather punch surface (a piece of wood will work too!)
  2. a cutting mat
  3. regular hammer
  4. letter punch set (I got mine at a flea market, but ebay has oodles to choose from)
  5. craft scissors
  6. exacto knife
  7. small cookie cutter circles
  8. tag pattern pdf*
  9. pencil
  10. 24" metal ruler
  11. Oops! an extra number. Please ignore.
  12. 3mm veg leather (un-tanned leather) with one side at least 20" long
  13. leather multi-hole punch
  14. 60mm rotary cutter (great for thick leather and multiple layers of thinner fabric)
  15. thick ruler or metal piece for stamping with
  16. box cutter, only if you don't have a rotary cutter
  17. bowl of water and a sponge

*I included an .eps file of the tag pattern if you'd prefer to laser cut your pieces out.

NOTE: Anything made from a hard material will stamp well into the leather, so feel free to play around with different objects, shapes and patterns!!

I made a tag for the slings I make! It's my first leather thing to make... Be easy on it! Thanks for giving me the idea and know-how!
It looks great!! Love the arrows. :)
I work at an airport on the baggage conveyor system and I can assure you that nobody steals these things. They simply fall off bags constantly. We have to sweep them up everyday by the hundreds
<p>I know - it was a joke. :P</p>
<p>Cute, cute, cute!!!!</p><p>And maybe Denver airport won't steal these!</p>

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Bio: Made in Canada, I have a BFA in product design from Parsons School of Design in NYC. I've done work for Martha Stewart Living ... More »
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