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make: a guitar strap tag

My brother recently got a guitar. I won't go into how jealous I am of the fact that he plays really, really well and has never had a lesson. Instead, I've directed my energy into making something for his guitar, which we have named "Swarley". (If you watch "How I Met Your Mother" you might catch that reference...) So what did I make?
Swarley Strap Tag
A tag for his guitar strap! It's just two pieces of canvas and two pieces of wool felt sewn together on the sides, but it adds a little something fun to his guitar.
Swarley Strap Tag
I wrote "Swarley" with my water-soluble embroidery pen, then stitched it all up. Rarely do I get the chance to stitch something big and bold like this, so I went for a chain stitch on the letters. Um. I don't like chain stitching. It looks pretty, but I get all twisted with it.
Swarley Strap Tag
After I finally got through that, I added some running and back stitches around the letters. I love the extra dimension of it.
Swarley Strap Tag
On a second piece of canvas, I sewed a little felt pocket to hold extra picks. Cute, right?
Swarley Strap Tag
I stitched the ends together for each side, then sewed the sides together. This part was done on the sewing machine. Because they were straight seams and I can handle that.
Swarley Strap Tag
My brother likes it, and I think it's a fun way to dress up Swarley!

11 comments:

  1. Ahhh - this is great! I love HIMYM, and when I first read the tag I was like "I'm just thinking it says "Swarley" because I just watched that episode!"

    Love it!

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  2. cute pick pocket! haha, that just made me laugh :)

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  3. What a great little idea... I may just treat my beautiful guitar friends to some name badges! x

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  4. Oh my god the Swarley reference killed me. One of the BEST episodes of How I Met Your Mother. Hilarious!!!!

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  5. Awe...(wait for it)...some!

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  6. Well I got to thank you for saving my day! Just last week my sister asked me to make her something to hold her picks in..I didn't even think of something like this..thank you for the idea!! (will post with link back to you) This is great.

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  7. this is So cute!!!!! who did you blog layout?! im trying to figure out how to clean up my sponsor side bar so theyre that close together... ashley.theshineproject@gmail.com if you have a chance to let me know! thanks!

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  8. What a great project! And the Swarley reference is awesome - that episode is right up there with Marshal and Lilly's wedding where Marshal shaves the strip of his hair off. Hahaha.

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  9. Cute!! :) Totally love the lil pick pocket, too! Lovely!

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  10. This is a great idea. I might try this for my sister and her guitar. Also, I am inspired to make this idea for my camera. Thanks. I wonder if people think is okay to name their camera's?

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