June Free Design: Embroidered Plant Stake


If you’re a gardening enthusiast, you may enjoy sharing cuttings and extra plants with family, friends, and neighbors too! Our Brother Free Design of the Month is a delightful design with a garden theme, perfect for this embroidered plant marker. Make one or more before putting on your garden gloves and heading out to the garden.

Materials and Supplies:

Note: You need one front and one back piece. Check iron temperature when pressing felt and use a press cloth if necessary.
  • Wood or plastic stick, measuring approximately ¼-inch in diameter for attaching to embroidered marker.
  • ¼-inch wide paper backed fusible web for fusing felt layers together.
  • Fine sharp scissors.
  • Rotary cutter and ruler, optional but helpful for trimming embroidered pieces.

Brother Free Design of the Month

June Free Design Design size:

Steps to Create Plant Stake

  1. Transfer design to your machine. Create a design for the front as follows:
  • Begin with a rectangular frame shape. This design features a triple straight stitch frame pattern with a finished size of 3.12 High X 3.89 Wide. See example in Figure #1.
[caption id="attachment_15757" align="aligncenter" width="775"]June Free Design Figure #1[/caption]
  • Add garden design.
  • Add lettering to fit.
  • Adjust elements to fit frame, changing size and moving individual pieces as needed.
Design Tips: You’ll likely need to select size small for your lettering, adjusting and moving it to fit within the space. Solid, block style fonts sew out best on soft felt.
  1. See example of combination design in Figure #2.
[caption id="attachment_15758" align="aligncenter" width="800"]June Free Design Figure #2[/caption]
  • Hoop felt with water soluble on top and tear away on the bottom. Embroider the design, changing colors as desired. See Figure #3.
[caption id="attachment_15751" align="aligncenter" width="800"]June Free Design Figure #3[/caption]
  1. Prepare design for back of marker as follows:
  • Begin with a rectangular frame shape identical to the one you used for the front side.
  • To form holes for plant stake, select an upper case “D” in a medium size, rotate, and move near top left side. Select a matching “D” and then rotate and move to bottom left.
  • Add desired lettering along with a small frame around plant name.
  • Accent design with a small floral design from built-in menu or an outside source. See Figure #4.
[caption id="attachment_15759" align="aligncenter" width="434"]June Free Design Figure #4[/caption]
  • Complete combination design, rotating and adjusting position of motifs and lettering as needed. Change colors as desired. See example of combination design in Figure #5.
[caption id="attachment_15760" align="aligncenter" width="800"]June Free Design Figure #5[/caption]
  1. Hoop and embroider in same manner as you did for front side.
  2. Remove excess stabilizer from each piece, wash, dry, and press. Trim pieces so they match, with an additional margin of ¼-inch beyond frame. See Figure #6.
[caption id="attachment_15752" align="aligncenter" width="800"]June Free Design Figure #6[/caption]
  1. Snip through each “D” to form an opening to fit your stake. Attach fusible along outer edges on the wrong side of back piece. See Figure #7.
[caption id="attachment_15753" align="aligncenter" width="800"]June Free Design Figure #7[/caption]
  1. Place pieces wrong sides together and fuse following manufacturer’s directions. Trim any uneven edges if necessary and insert stake through slits. You are finished! Enjoy!
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Regina Says:
6/3/2018 1:22:18 PM

Love it! I hadn't thought of using letters when I want to make holes. That is brilliant.

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