A handmade suitcase tag brings style and a dash of color to the baggage-claim carousel’s endless circle of identical-looking luggage. It also helps you bust out of the necktie-or-golf-balls Father’s Day gift rut. You can easily sew the tag and matching passport holder from nearly any heavy fabric, since a coat of decoupage finish makes it durable and water-resistant (and keeps the cut edges from fraying). Then all you need is basic sewing skills -- and a dad with travel plans.
Rotary cutter and ruler, or scissors
Decoupage finish and paintbrush
Flat elastic band, 1/4 inch
Sewing machine and supplies
Clear page protector, 5 1/2 by 8 1/2 inches, 4-pocket (for tag) or 2-pocket (for passport)