Summer activities are in full swing here in Iowa, and with the long days spent outdoors, there are two things a kid needs – plenty of sunscreen and drinking water! My youngest picked out a fresh new water bottle, but I wanted to make sure he’d be able to tell which one is his, and I had only 15 minutes before we had to go… so I whipped up this!
When I got home I wrote it down, and made more for the other kids… and some just for fun. These are SO fast, and take the tiniest bits of yarn. Label your water bottle, your luggage, your keys, label whatever needs labeling and never ask “which one’s mine” again! And it’s a great solution to labeling kid’s stuff when you don’t want to have their name showing for safety reasons.
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Have just a few yards left of a favorite skein? This is the project for you! You’ll have a finished object in 15 minutes and the perfect tag to add to anything that you can get a loop around.
- US-F , 3.75mm hook
- Solid: Worsted weight yarn – 4.5 yds Main Color, 2 yds Contrast Color
- Rainbow: Worsted weight yarn – 1.5 yds of the 1 first color, and 1 yd each of 3 more colors, plus 2 yds Contrast Color
- Recommended Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver
- With Main Color, ch 25 and sl st in the very first ch to make a loop.
- Ch 9. Skip 1st st and sc in each st across. (8 sc) Ch 1 and turn.
- *Sc evenly across. (8 sc) Ch 1 and turn. Repeat from * for another 6 rows, until there is an 8 st x 8 row square. For the Rainbow version, change color after every 2 rows. Break yarn and weave in ends.
- With Contrast Color, join with a sl st just to the left of the loop. Sc evenly around the square, working 8 sc in each side and a ch2 in each corner.
- When you come to the loop, work a sl st in each ch st.
- Break yarn and use the seamless finishing technique to join to the first sc of the edging. Weave in ends.
- Add an initial, buttons, patch, whatever you like! I added the letters by just making a long chain and then using the ends to sew it into place.
So what do you think? You’ll never lose your luggage, pick up the wrong water bottle, or grab your partner’s keys again! This is also a great pattern for craft fairs and fundraisers, since it’s so fast and takes such a tiny bit of yarn. Let me know what you’ll Tag in the comments!
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I’m so taken with your idea that I Pinned it and put it on FB. Thanks for the pattern.
Thanks so much Anna! 😀 I’m glad you like it!
Really cute idea!
Really cute idea….I will definitely make some!
What a terrific idea!! I love the idea of using these for kids without putting their name all over the outside of items!! Thanks!! Getting started right away for my grand kids!
I love this idea. I put one on the handle of my crochet bag, just because it’s so cute.
I just started going through your blog from one end to the other. I realized over the past several months I had copied more than a few of your patterns. Thanks for all the tuts, the unpins, free patterns, how-tos, etc!!!!
Wow, thanks so much for telling me DMarkey! You are very welcome! 😀
I’m just learning to crochet. This was a lot of fun…great pattern :o)Thank you!!
Thank you TAMMY! I’m so glad you liked it! And congratulations on learning to crochet! 😀
We travel a lot and this will make a great gift for everyone in the family. We will be leaving on a Cruise on Saturday and I am planning on taking some yarn and a crochet hook and make some. Thank you so much for sharing!
You’re very welcome! It does indeed make a great travel project – small, simple and fast!
We were flying with a budget airline this week and guessed (correctly) that many passengers would have the same on board luggage as us so i made four of these cute tags so we could find our hand luggage in the lockers quickly. thanks for the pattern
I have done so many of your patterns but have a probably silly question on this project. How would you attach these to the luggage? Need to know asap as I am going on a trip and want to make some.
Same question as Elayne.
I’m so sorry I missed this Elaine! (And thanks for bringing it to my attention Lynn!) The way I do it is the same way I’d attach any hanging tag – hold it up to the strap/opening where you want to attach it, then going around the strap, insert the square part of the tag through the loop part, and tug to secure. I hope that’s clear – it’s amazing how hard it is to describe simple things in words sometimes!
Thank you, Tamara. Now I look at the water bottle picture more closely. Duh. Should have done that before I posted. I hadn’t made one yet so didn’t know if the loop was long enough. These will be fun–visions of stocking stuffers, tags on Christmas presents.
😀 Clearly you weren’t the only one to wonder! If you want to put it on something bigger around, or have it hang more, lengthening the loop wouldn’t be a bad idea (and of course super easy to do!)
These are great! I did the curly q ones for my luggage one time. And it does work great. I like your idea too.
i love this! thanks for posting and bringing back older patterns!
😀 Thank you!
Another use for these great little tags. Make size tags for clothing. Many of us change sizes with the seasons and this is a great way to label things in the closet. They slip right over a hanger.
Love that Pallie, thank you!
Sometimes it’s the little things that showcase a person’s talent. That last row, a lovely design element that adds a frame and strengthens the structure, is sheer brilliance.
Thank you for sharing.
I like this idea so much…I have some leftover BonBon that I will use to make a tiny tag for my keys.
🙂 Thank you Cheryl!
before my daughter went to the Dominican Republic the first time I made enough of these so she could give two to all of the ladies traveling with her. Have since made more to mark my luggage and other tote bags I can’t seem to do without.
Thank you so much, Janet! I’m so glad you’ve found it handy!
I’m totally making a few of these soon so that all my stuff stays where it belongs so my sis doesn’t take anything on accident lol!