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Martha Stewart Living, September 2004

It can be hard to distinguish your luggage from the rest on the airport carousel. Save yourself the trouble of reading every tag by knotting a ribbon around one handle to make your bag instantly recognizable.

Comments (19)

  • mykele 7 Aug, 2010

    Jesse Piester who asked for instructions back in February and will
    not see this.....There are no instructions except that you tie or tape
    colored ribbons, yarn, etc. or tape that is a bright color to the handle
    of your luggage with no long ends that could get caught in the
    luggage delivery system. Now wasn't that easy??? Mykele

  • myla08 7 Aug, 2010

    It's clear that this is not a new or original idea, but the really good part is all the great comments from other readers. We too have been using red wool bows for a long time [and we weren't old either] but if what all say is true, maybe we should use 2 colors. Thanks fellow comment writers..

  • abiebaby47 7 Aug, 2010

    have black suitcases (should have used a black bag in the photo!) - even though they have 4 wheels and most others don't, I tied a hot pink scrunchie I wouldn't be caught dead wearing anymore through a handle on each - they don't stick out enough to get caught in things and do make it easier to spot our bags quickly. Also can use luggage tags in bright, "day-glo" colors if one wants to spend the $$$.

  • abiebaby47 7 Aug, 2010

    have black suitcases (should have used a black bag in the photo!) - even though they have 4 wheels and most others don't, I tied a hot pink scrunchie I wouldn't be caught dead wearing anymore through a handle on each - they don't stick out enough to get caught in things and do make it easier to spot our bags quickly. Also can use luggage tags in bright, "day-glo" colors if one wants to spend the $$$.

  • crousem 4 Aug, 2010

    use colored duck tape. wrap it around the handle a few times.

  • craftingranny 1 Aug, 2010

    Being aware that hanging ribbons, tacky yarn pompoms etc can get caught up in machinery I bought an extra long scarf pulled it through the carrying handle, knotted it, then wound it around the complete handle and knotted it at the other end of the handle. Since I am handicapped and the the attendant fetched my luggage they spotted my luggage right away because I could describe the colour of the scarf and its location.

  • Dimplz 1 Aug, 2010

    We have also done this for years. We tie multi-color gift bows (the long squiggly kind) around the handle. We never saw anyone with the same setup! The long ribbons can get caught on the carousel so if you do something like this, be sure to trim the ribbon back some.

  • writeaway 31 Jul, 2010

    I've used a red bandana and a bright pink stretchy headband. Both worked well!

  • VickiWB 31 Jul, 2010

    That is nothing new old people have add tacky yarn for years!

  • Cookees 31 Jul, 2010

    Like one of the other posts, I use bright colored pipe cleaners. My husband left for a trip yesterday and as he was rolling the suitcase down the driveway, I noticed the very bright "pink" pipecleaner. Ha-ha - guess he grabbed my suitcase!

  • sususie 31 Jul, 2010

    Try to use a unique ribbon or strip of fabric. On one trip I watched several identical black suitcases with red ribbons. Not much help if they look alike.

  • jojaz17 31 Jul, 2010

    This DOES really work...I have gray luggage and use a small red ribbon. I like the idea of two colors though gray is still a less common suitcase color. As soon as I see the red ribbon I know my suitcase has made it along with me. I tie it in several spots in case it comes out flipped over or gets lost.

  • Shelleyaz 31 Jul, 2010

    we have been doing this for years...my dad has a black suitcase and put orange yarn on his handle....so did some other man...LOL....but dad knows his orange and got his case back.....so think outside the color box if you have the black suitcases..

  • JessePiester 8 Feb, 2010

    Unable to download instructions and resources; can anyone help?

  • Cookees 7 Feb, 2010

    We have been using brightly colored pipe cleaners for years - works great!

  • linuxgrl 7 Feb, 2010

    I have a cheap red belt that I put around mine

  • janetjaye 7 Feb, 2010

    We, too, have been doing this for years. I used a leftover piece of neon colored polar fleece. I cut enough 12" x 1" strips for every piece of our family's luggage. Just slip a strip through the handle of each suitcase, knot it, and let the two 6" ends hang free. It is easy to find our luggage b/c all the strips are the same bright color. This fabric does not fray, I used what I already had, and after about 5 years I'm ready to throw them away and cut some more No sewing.

  • Pacriap 7 Feb, 2010

    we combine colors. lately I've seen more and more ribbons on luggage. So we began using two colors and it makes it so much easier.

  • graphoman 7 Feb, 2010

    We've been doing this for years, and it really works! :-)