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Mini Quilt Swap and Shrink Plastic Gift Tags

Mini Quilt Swap 2014 Lynn B Hi Everyone, I am currently signed up for a mini quilt swap from Cherylls Blog over at Gone Stitching here this is the mini quilt I sent to my partner Sue over at The Jersey Scrapper Blog here

Sue sent me an email as soon as my mini quilt arrived and she said she was thrilled with her gift.

I stitched an embroidery by Jenny from  Elephantz Designs, it was part of her Rosedaisy Designs, I used the Tuesdaisy pattern but altered the sign to say Summer as it was a summer swap theme.
I also made these cute gift tags from shrink plastic, there is a mini tutorial  below showing how I made these.
This is the mini quilt, it measures about 12″ x 12″, on the top left is a little tag, it is made from  shrink plastic and I thought it looked nice stitched to the corner. 
Here are the mini gift tags I made for Sue, the gift bag topper is available as  a free download below, I have made them in various colours.    
The embroidery  is a quick stitch!
Mini tutorial for shrink plastic
I used shrink plastic sheets measuring 5″ high x 4″ wide
The scissor stamp measured 3″ x 3/4″, I managed to stamp three images on the sheet, they will shrink to about 1″ wide.
Punch a hole in the top left, this will shrink quite small but it will be large enough to thread ribbon through.    

I baked them in my mini oven but you can use a heat gun, follow the instructions on the packet.
You need to use permanent ink, I smudged it a little by mistake! Lol…..
Write anything you like on your gift tag.
You can also make small buttons using shrink plastic, just play around.   

As I said, they were a little smudged but you get the idea.

Decorate all of your hand made projects with these cute tags

This is the gift tag topper available as a free download below
Right click and save to your computer.
Cut out and fold on white line, place over top of small cellophane gift bag.
You can use these for any small gift that you make for a friend. 
Best Wishes and Happy Stitching.
Lynn B


  1. July 3, 2014 / 9:04 am

    That is just gorgeous Lynn! Jenny has such beautiful sticheries…and they work up beautifully and quickly 🙂 Those gift tags are something! I need to see if they have something like that in the craft stores here 🙂

  2. July 3, 2014 / 9:04 am

    Beautiful quilt gift and embroidery you did. What a fun exchange.
    Love the tags and Thank you for the lovely card tags!
    love Annette

  3. July 3, 2014 / 9:04 am

    Oh Lynn – this is such beautiful embroidery work – you are amazing! Shrink art is new to me – guess I better check it out!

  4. July 3, 2014 / 9:04 am

    so sweet x

  5. July 3, 2014 / 9:04 am

    Wonderful! Thank you for sharing…I always wanted to try shrink plastic, now I have a good reason…

  6. July 5, 2014 / 4:57 am

    love the tags and pretty stitching

  7. July 5, 2014 / 4:57 am

    I love the tags and the mini quilt..very pretty

  8. July 5, 2014 / 4:57 am

    Thanks so very much… I will definitely give these a go! Lovely mini too xox

  9. July 5, 2014 / 4:57 am

    A beautiful quilt and wonderful goodies.

  10. July 5, 2014 / 4:57 am

    I can see I'll have to have a trip to the craft store now!!! Those tags are adorable…thanks for sharing how to make them.

  11. July 5, 2014 / 4:57 am

    How adorable is that little quilt, Lynn–I'm sure Sue is thrilled with that and her very own gift tags. Your little touches always make your gifts so very special 🙂

    Hope your mom is improving with each passing day! Enjoy your weekend…

  12. July 5, 2014 / 4:57 am

    What a beautiful quilt. Jenny has some wonderful patterns. Love the tags.

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  14. July 6, 2014 / 8:22 am

    Beautiful! And I LOVE your shrink plastic tag tutorial! What a brilliant idea. XOX

  15. July 6, 2014 / 10:39 pm

    I enjoyed this post. Both projects are really nice. I think my crafty SIL and I will have to make the tags while on vacation. Jenny's designs are happy and adorable, so I need to stitch a couple in the near future.

  16. July 25, 2014 / 5:44 am

    Gorgeous… I love those little tags!!