Market tag thingamajig–free project

Very soon I am off to market again, this time in Minneapolis –


are you coming?

If so you might like to make one of these thingamajigs!  I have made it to hold the little plastic tag holders they give us each year (lets hope they haven't changed the size) – so you can just slip it right inside the front pocket.

But also, I always need to carry around business cards – and I am ALWAYS losing my phone, so I have included an inside pocket with a spring clip closure so it won’t fall out when I bend down (which happens often), with plenty of room to collect others cards, brochures and more..

Then of course there are the pins! this year a group of us are participating in a great booth pin hop – yes like a treasure hunt..

So where do you put your pins? onto the nice wide strap of course.. can you collect them all?

Of course if you are not coming to market – these name tag thingys are very common at all shows both retail and trade – so you will surely need one one day…


So here we go….

You will need:

one skinny quarter fabric (10”/25cm x wof)

a bit of heavy fusible interfacing &

a bit of lighter weight fusible interfacing

one 15cm 6” spring clip bag closure (optional)



a.Cut one @ 1 1/4” x 6 1/4”

b.Cut one @ 2” x 6 1/4”

c.Cut two @ 6 1/2” x 5 3/4”

d.Cut two @ 6 1/2” x 5 3/4” (lining)

e.Cut two @ 3” x 3 1/2”

f.Cut 4 @ 2 1/2” x 6 1/8” (tabs)

g.Cut 1 @ 4” x 28” (neck strap) (join strips if necessary)



Fuse fairly heavy fusible interfacing to the wrong side of a, b and both e pieces.

Fold e pieces in half wrong sides together and press.


Place a and b right sides together with both of your folded e pieces with the side raw edges even. Stitch across long edges using a 1/4” seam allowance.


IMG_3425Press outwards.

IMG_3426IMG_3427Press a 1/4” seam over on the edge of the larger (2”) pieceIMG_3428Fold over again until the fold meets the stitching line. PinIMG_3429Edgestitch top and bottom edge of the folded strip. Edgestitch just the top of the bottom strip.IMG_3430Fuse a lightweight fusible interfacing to the two ‘c’ pieces of fabric. Place your ‘unit’ onto the right side of one piece with the bottom raw edges even. Stitch to baste around outside edges (just a small 1/8” in from the edges). Stitch a row of stitching through both layers about 1/2” from the bottom edge.IMG_3431Place right sides together with your other (interfaced) ‘c’ piece. Stitch around outside edges using a 1/4” seam. Clip the corners, turn through and press out those seams well.IMG_3432

Neck strap – pin holderIMG_3435Fold the ‘g’ piece in half along the length and press to crease the centre line.

IMG_3436Open and fold both edges in to meet the centre fold. Press.IMG_3437Fold in half again and press.IMG_3438Edgestitch down both sides.


Spring clip tabs – note if you don’t want to include a spring clip just skip this step and you’ll have an open top pouch/bagIMG_3439

Place two piece ‘f’ right sides together and stitch down both short ends.

IMG_3440Turn right side out and press out seams well.IMG_3441Fold in half and press.IMG_3442Place one right sides together with top raw edges even on the front of your thingamajig. PinIMG_3443On the back side first position your neckstrap then the tab over the top with raw edges even and pin. Roll up the neckstrap and pin it out of the way of the edges.IMG_3433Make lining by sewing the two ‘d’ pieces right sides together using a 1/4” seam and leaving a 2” opening in one side. Clip corners, but leave wrong side out.IMG_3444Place lining bag over the top of your thingamajig. Line up the side seams and top raw edges and pin well.IMG_3445Place over your machine arm (it fits over mine, if it doesn't you’ll have to manoeuvre it around) Stitch around the complete top edge removing the pins as you go.IMG_3446Pull the inner bag to the outside through the opening in the lining Press out the seams well and then slip stitch that opening closed. (and yes if you know me you’ll know mine isn't done Smile - do as I say, not as I do)

.IMG_3447IMG_3450Insert the spring clip through the top tabs. Put the little dooverlackie (metal pin) in the other end and use pliers to bend over the little metal flappy bits to hold..IMG_3448

Another version – every girl needs a spare, or maybe one for each day..IMG_3421

And you are ready for market – when you register and get your name tag – take one of the plastic holders and pop it straight in..

Then come and find me to collect your limited edition pin!

hope to meet you there..I’ll have lots of goodies to show you…



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