Anthro Penmanship Gift Tags

Today we’re making Anthro Gift Tags – alternately known as the Easiest. Knockoff. Ever. :)

These probably don’t even need a tutorial – but I’m writing one anyway. Cause I like them so much.

Here’s my version:

Here are the Anthro tags:

Cute right? I love how fast these are – I think I made them up in about 20 minutes.
Plus, they can be used for more than Christmas – they are perfect for any gift!

Here’s the quick and easy tutorial. :)

You’ll need:
cardstock (1 sheet makes 8 tags)
red thread
blue thread
cording for ties
Pattern for tags – click here to open PDF
(As always with my PDF’s – don’t sell or redistribute these images. Thanks!)

Start by printing out the tags. If you have letter stamps, you could also just make your own!

Cut out the tags. To get those rough edges like the Anthro tags. scrape the edges of the tags with your fingernail.
This will give it that almost “torn” look.

Sew three lines of blue stitching across the horizontal length of the tag. Start just under the lettering.

Sew a vertical red line of stitching to the right of the lettering.

Punch a hole in the top left of the card and add your twine. I used 12″ of red/white Baker’s Twine, looped through the hole.
And Voila! You’re done and ready to start wrapping!!

You could even write a little note on these along with the name – “Merry Christmas” or “You are Awesome” or “This is totally a re-gift. Hope you like it better than I did”. :)

I looooove them. What about you? Do you make your own tags or wrapping?

I’m linking to Sunday Scoop, Today’s Creative Blog, Met Monday, Skip to my Lou, Tutorials & Tips Tuesday, Funky Junk Interiors, and the other fabulous parties on the sidebar – make sure you check them out!


  • Reply November 9, 2011

    Jessica @ {The.Junk.Nest}

    Wow. I fell inlove with these immediatly! LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!

    I pinned for future reference AND became your newest follower :)

    Have a great day!


  • Reply November 11, 2011

    danielle hatfield

    LOVE these tags! Perfect for the hand made gifts I will be giving this year to family! :)

  • Reply November 11, 2011


    yikes this is super cute! :) i wonder if it would work for letters!

    p.s. anthro should hire you! :) xx

  • Reply November 12, 2011


    i am flipping out over this one, bev!!!!

  • Reply November 12, 2011


    I’d love for you to come link this up at my Simply Christmas Inspiration party at

  • Reply November 14, 2011

    Jenn/Rook No. 17

    Beyond LOVE! Featuring your post on this week’s “A Little Birdie Told Me…”, pinning, and stumbling too!

    Bev, you rock!


  • Reply November 18, 2011

    Heather @ Lie, Gluten Free

    Those are awesome!! :)

  • Reply November 21, 2011


    Awesome and thanks! I’m following now too.

  • Reply November 23, 2011


    Beautiful Gift Tags. I love them and I am excited to try making them. Thanks for sharing with us and I am excited to look around your blog more!

  • Reply December 9, 2011


    Those are so cute! I didn’t see the sewn gift tags at Anthro; I must have missed them. Back in September I saw the gift card version and imitated that:D You can check out my post about it if you would like:

    Pinning your version! Thanks for sharing:)

  • Reply December 12, 2011


    I have to wait and do the sewing part for when i get my new sewing machine. for some reason my janome mini can’t handle sewing on card stock. anyway, i was going to mention that while trying to make the edges look torn, i found that it is much faster and easier to do it with scissors, scrape them along with scissors, instead of my nails. then again i don’t really have nails so maybe that’s why.

  • Reply December 21, 2011

    doro K.

    a very creative idea!

    I linked to your tutorial on my blog – thanks for sharing!

    doro K.

  • Reply June 26, 2012


    Love this, linked to your tutorial from my site, hope that’s ok!

    Thanks again

  • These are beautiful! Thanks for sharing :)

  • Reply November 29, 2014


    i really like these. i want to try to make them. may i post the result, with link to your post, on my reallly new blog? im really new in this and i dont know how to proceed. if you have any advice for a beginner. i really like your posts, your tutorial and i would like to try as many as i can:). thank you and i really appreciate your amazing work.

    all the best, ramona

  • Reply December 3, 2014

    Renee H

    I like yours WAY better!! So awesome! Thanks for sharing!!

  • Reply June 1, 2015


    I just came across this after seeing a sketch I had made back in 2011 while walking through Anthropologie so I could diy these. (which of course, I did not do back then and promptly misplaced the sketch) Did you adjust the stitch length to longer than “normal” when sewing the lines? I am thinking if I do this craft in the summer instead of waiting till the holidays when things are so busy it might actually get done. It’s a classic look so I’m sure my gift recipients won’t look at the tags and say “that’s so 2011” ;-) Also, did you use any specific kind of thread or just regular cotton thread?

    • June 1, 2015


      Hi Alice,
      I did use a little longer stitch length – a small one tends to almost perforate the paper and makes it so it tears easily. I just used regular sewing thread for it. Thanks!

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