Upcycled Monogrammed Denim Gift Tag

Homemade Denim gift tag

Every year I like to make my own Christmas gift tags, especially for my crafty pals who appreciate them. In fact, my friend Wendy has kept all the tags I’ve made her over the years and hangs them on the tree. If you have been following my blog you will know that I have a thing about denim and it’s been nearly 2 months since my last upcycled jeans project; my denim suitcase. So as I’m suffering from a bit of denim withdrawal, I’ve decided to make a denim gift tag this year from upcycled old jeans.

You may think that working with denim is a bit of a faff for a gift tag, but they aren’t just gift tags. The monogrammed denim gift tags almost become a gift in themselves. They can be used as a decoration, a key ring, and a bookmark afterwards.
Upcycled Denim Gift tag- Made from old jeans they are a gift in themselves can be used as a bookmark or keychain.
Homemade gift tags
Monogram Denim Gift Tag

what you need to make Denim gift tags

  • Scraps of denim from old jeans, shirts etc. I find that the softer more worn pieces of denim are good for this project.
  • Scissors, pins, needle and thread
  • Existing tag or luggage label to use as a template
  • White fabric paint
  • Letter stencil
  • Eyelet tool and eyelets
  • Ribbon

    How to Make a Monogrammed Denim Gift Tag


  • Using an old luggage label as a template cut 2 pieces of denim for each tag allowing for a 5mm seam. I used denim in 2 different shades for each tag one light and one dark.
  • Iron your 5mm seams down. If you snip the corners you will find this easier.
  • Pin your two contrasting denim tag pieces wrong sides together.
  • Then sew them together using a sewing machine, it is possible to do this by hand but it is much quicker and easier on a machine.
  • Use your eyelet tool to punch a hole and to place an eyelet rivet in your tag.
  • Finally to personalise your gift tag, paint the recipient’s initial on to the tag. I find that white paint works well.
  • All you need now is a bit of ribbon and your unique denim gift tag is finished.
    how to make a denim gift tag
    Monogram Denim Gift Tags
    Upcycled denim gift tags

     Upcycled Monogrammed Denim Tag
    You might want to check out my DIY postage stamp tags and my denim pocket organiser.
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    22 Responses

    1. […] present which she keeps and hangs up on her Christmas tree.   Last year I made Wendy a upcycled monogram denim gift tag, this year I carried on with the monogram theme but this time in felt.       […]

    2. […] know I said 5, but I’ve snuck in an extra one. My monogrammed denim gift tags. You may argue that they are a gift tag and not strictly a decoration. However I will be hanging my […]

    3. What a cool idea, Claire. They could also be used as bag tags. I really must investigate adding rivets. It’s been years since I’ve done that.

      • Claire Armstrong

        Thanks ! Yes they would make great bag tags and rivets are really easy and great for so many projects.

        • I’ve featured your blog and gift tags today, Claire.

          • Claire Armstrong

            Thank you very much I look forward to seeing it.

    4. love love love! And the fact that Wendy has kept all your tags, really wonderful. thanks so much for sharing on craft schooling sunday, great to reconnect!

      • Claire Armstrong

        Thank you ! Glad that craft schooling is back.

    5. Whispering Eagle

      What a terrific idea! These are really adorable!
      Whispering Eagle

      • Claire Armstrong

        Thank you very much !

    6. I love this idea! I’m also always looking for new ideas for recycling old jeans. I’ve used them to make Christmas stockings, and I’ve made a denim throw pillow. I plan to make more pillows using old jeans soon. Thanks for sharing at the Submarine Sunday Link Party!!

      • Claire Armstrong

        Thank you ! Old jeans are fun to work with and I think they look great when upcycled.

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    8. I love this idea! I’ve got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for tomorrow morning that features your tutorial: http://sewing.craftgossip.com/?p=85927 –Anne

      • Claire Armstrong

        Thank you very much I look forward to seeing and the rest of the craftgossip features !

    9. Hi Claire–thanks for dropping by my blog–so nice to meet you. I love both tags and denim, too! I have a die cut machine so I can glue denim to cardboard and then cut tags on the machine, though I’ve made them by hand as well 🙂 Love the idea of stamping an initial. I made a denim bunting stamped “spring” this past spring that I loved. (I had a denim crush going for a while myself!) Merry Christmas! (PS We have a vintage-style blog party (Vintage Charm) starting Thursdays at 8 am. Would love to see some of your projects there–

      • Claire Armstrong

        Thank you ! I loved your stencilled denim stool. I also made some denim Unionjack bunting for the queens jubilee in 2012 !

    10. Oh wow I love this, and your postage stamp tags! I’ve run out of time to do this sort of thing this year but will definitely think of it for birthdays!

      • Claire Armstrong

        Thank you ! Yes both tags can be adapted and made as Birthday tags or for other occasions. Cheers and Merry Christmas.

    11. Very cute jeans tag, and I love all of the tags you’ve made for your friend. How creative and thoughtful! You’re friends must feel very loved.

      • Claire Armstrong

        Thank you ! That’s my favourite part of Christmas; it’s one big excuse for a lot of crafting. I love to make my own tags and the challenge of thinking up new ones each year.

    12. That’s a really cute idea. I have a bag full of old jeans as I thought one day I might make a denim quilt (that is looking less likely as the years pass!) I love that your friends keeps them, I have a friend who keeps the Christmas cards I make for her and puts them up again every year! It’s nice to make things for special friends who really appreciate them.

      • Claire Armstrong

        Thank you ! I made a denim quilt a couple of years ago and love it, it sits on our bed. You should make a denim quilt it is well worth it. Merry Christmas !

    13. O K A Y ! You have reached me JUST IN TIME for Christmas! Thank you so much for sharing this great idea at Making Broken Beautiful this week, I will most certainly be using this idea on my own family’s presents! I have been looking for something simple that’s easy to do with a large impact and I do believe i’ve now found it! Have a very Merry Christmas!

      • Claire Armstrong

        Thank you so much ! They do make a lovely keepsake tag that can be reused as a bookmark or bag tag.

    14. […] load of tags for my gifts. I normally always make my own Christmas tags, my last post showed you my denim tags. These postage stamp tags are really easy to make and can be personalised to the recipient. They […]

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