Annette's Acre

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July 24th, 2011 by Annette

Floss Tags

Awhile ago, I decided to start using floss tags to organize my floss rather than the combination of bobbins and bags that I’d been utilizing.

My first learning was that floss tags aren’t cheap.  And they aren’t readily available in my area.

So what’s a girl to do?  Make her own, of course!

I’ve shared the results for several fellow stitchers and have received very positive feedback and requests for details on making their own….

What you need:

  • Cardstock – I use 80 lb cover weight for the tags (the white sheets in the picture).  I have a ream of the stuff from a foray into card-making.
  • 2″ shaped punch – I use a circle, but any solid shape about 2″ x  2″ will work.  Be very selective on the shape and type of punch here.  I find this squeeze-type punch FAR better than the “press” type punch.  My yield with this one is much higher per page and my hands aren’t aching afterward.
  • 5/8″ circle punch – for the floss to go thru
  • 1/4″ hole punch – for the ring
  • Colored cardstock – Handy if you want to label the ring of floss, but optional
  • Regular scissors – to maximize your tag yield
  • Ring – I found this flexible wire key rings which work perfectly.  You can also use book rings

First, punch the large shape:

Large punch

Keep punching….

20 tags per sheet

Once I punch the 14 around the perimeter, I trim off the other edges to get to the section in the center.  Can’t waste it!

Next, punch the smaller hole for the floss:

More punching...

Be sure to offset the hole:

Voila!

One more round of punches… offset opposite for the ring to go thru

See the pile of circles in the back there? Confetti!

A set of 20 with a colored tag for identification

A new tag set!

Slip them on the cable (these rings have a screw-type closure)

Complete!

Ready to go!

In action….

Action shot...

When I use the tag, I do pre-cut the floss to roughly 1-yd lengths.  Standard DMC skeins yield four lengths.  For the various silks, I just wing it!  If relevant, I will note the dye lot on the back (in pencil).

Easy to make and easy to use.  Let me know if you make tags yourself, please 🙂

 

Comments

11 Responses to “Floss Tags”
  1. Great idea…the best I have seen. I have a friend who keeps the #and dye lot from the wrapper and wraps over it to be sure she uses the same if possible. But I do like your method…..

  2. WoW! I really want to do that, but I don’t have any of those supplies! I have to start looking for those kinds of hole punches. I think I’ve seen them on sale. Darn! I’ll just have to start shopping! Thanks for the ideas!

  3. Awesome idea! I will definitely be trying this for my next project. Thanks, Annette!

  4. thanks! I plan to make some after I find the big hole punch.

  5. I’ve made floss tags before using the press-type punches. I use them occasionally for specific projects but for general storage I’m more of a Floss-away bag kind of gal. 🙂 I am too lazy to attach leftover strands to the floss tags I guess, and prefer just stuffing them in the bags.

  6. I’m using those you gifted me on my newest start (Autumn Arbor) and they are da bomb! In my world, I think they are particularly handy for stuff that comes with an “accessory pack” like The Drawn Thread stuff. Thanks!!! I know I’ll be using them lots!

  7. Very cool! Thanks for the tutorial. And you’ve reminded me that I have a puzzle ring somewhere that looks a lot like the one you’re wearing in the photos. Need to find that!

  8. Great tutorial, Annette! Thanks for sharing it with us. 🙂

  9. […] posted a quick tutorial on her blog (Annette’s Acre) about how she made her own floss tags since they weren’t readily available for her to purchase. It’s a quick and easy […]

  10. Thanks to your instruction in June, I’ve been making my own tags successfully. Thanks Annette!

  11. I love your floss tags!

    I got a laugh out of your “action shot” “:)