fabric dog tag

You’ve met Puppy before. He’s the one who got a new nose. He’s my daughter’s best stuffed friend. I get really nervous when we take him on trips. I can’t imagine what life would be like if he got lost.

Right before our San Diego trip last year, I made fabric tags for Puppy and his little cat friend Gnocchi. It was a last minute idea. I cut out small rectangles of muslin and applied fray check to the edges. When they were dry, I used a fabric marker to write “If found, please call” with my cell phone number. Then I hand stitched the corners to each stuffed friend.

It was my intention to make something soft so it wouldn’t poke my daughter at night. Of course, now she sleeps with a hard, plastic penguin, too. Kids! I wound up stitching a label to Pengi’s leg for this trip. When everyone gets home safely, I snip the stitches and save the labels for next time.

Does traveling with your child’s “special friends” make you nervous? How do you ensure their safe travels?

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6 Responses to fabric dog tag (good for penguins, too)

  1. Charity says:

    That’s a great idea! My youngest has a tiger that he loves deeply, and absolutely can not sleep without. I’m always tense when we travel, imagining we might lost Tiger somewhere along the way… :)

  2. […] Julie Kundhi from julie-k created fabric tags that she sewed on to her daughter’s favorite stuffed animals.  They serve as permantently attached ID tags that will help Puppy and Gnocchi (the stuffed dog and cat) make their way back home should they separated from the family while they are travelling.  Brilliant!!!  Read more at julie-k. […]

  3. anne says:

    This is such a great idea!!! My daughter has a Mama Kitty that she loves above all else. She would be devastated if anything happened to her, and I’m always nervous when we pack her for a trip.

    I linked to your project on Craft Gossip Sewing:
    http://sewing.craftgossip.com/great-idea-identification-tag-for-a-favorite-stuffed-animal/2011/07/03/

    –Anne

  4. Linda says:

    Being the over worrying sort, I like this idea but don’t like the idea that someone now knows I am not home. It’s not that hard to reverse look up a cell phone number.

  5. jkundhi says:

    Linda, maybe you could use your email address instead? Not as immediate as a cell number, but still contact information.

  6. K says:

    They don’t know you are not home; they just know Puppy is not home!