If you’re looking for a crafty way to package a gift card, look no further than your embroidery machine! We used the Brother Free Design of the Month to make a gift card holder by adding a few bonus designs for you to download. Personalize the front pocket for a gift that is sure to leave a lasting impression.
Materials and Supplies
- Brother Sewing and Embroidery Machine with 5-inch X 7-inch hoop capability.
- SA5929 Brother Heavyweight Cut-Away stabilizer.
- Low tack tape for securing pocket-piece in hoop.
- Temporary adhesive spray specifically for embroidery for securing fabric in the hoop.
- Embroidery needle and threads.
- Sharp, small scissors for trimming finished tag.
Note: Be sure to follow product instructions for spraying fabric.
Fabric for Gift Tag:
- Two pieces of felt measuring 6 ½-inches square for Card Holder Main piece.
- One piece of felt measuring 4 ¾-inches wide X 2 ½-inches long for Card Holder Pocket piece.
Embroidery designs for creating gift tag:
- Brother Free Design of the Month: Three Gifts.pes
- Brother Free Bonus Design: Card Holder_A.pes
- Brother Free Bonus Design: Card Holder_B.pes
Note: You can mix and match felt colors or use one color for all pieces. Various color combinations are shown in these examples. Card holder finishes at approximately 4 ¾-inches wide X 5-inches high.
Steps to Create Gift Tag with Gift Card Pocket
- Transfer designs shown in Figure #1a to #1c to your machine:
- Free Design of the Month: Three Gifts.pes
- Bonus Design: Card Holder_A.pes
- Bonus Design: Card Holder_B.pes
Brother Free Design of the Month
- FD_Dec_2018_Three Gifts.pes
- 1.20” Wide X 1.10” High
- Assemble supplies for making first gift tag. See below:
- Open Card Holder_A.pes. This design file is for the pocket on the front of the tag.
- Add the free design, Three Gifts.pes.
- Next, add lettering as desired and move designs around as needed to fit within the inner outline for the pocket. Note: This inner outline is shown in red.
Tips: Mirror image the design motif if lettering fits better on the opposite side of gift packages. Select a small but solid lettering style without a lot of fine detailing or it may sink into the felt. Program each word individually for best flexibility in making adjustments. Move design motif and lettering as needed to fit in the allowable space. Your finished design will have a basting outline in black at the beginning of the color sequence, followed by a red outline, then the Three Gifts, and finally the added lettering. See example in Figure #2.[caption id="attachment_17871" align="aligncenter" width="610"] Figure #2[/caption]
- Complete the pocket as follows: Stitch the basting outline on the stabilizer. It’s shown in black but you can use any thread color for this. See Figure #3.
Tip: Leave stabilizer in place on the back side for a smooth finish.
- Hoop a second piece of cut-away stabilizer in the 5-inch X 7-inch hoop. Spray wrong side of one 6 ½-inch square of felt and place in center of hoop. Stitch basting outline. Tips: This piece is cut slightly over-sized, so you don’t need to be perfectly centered. Streamline the stitching process by stitching basting outline using thread color selected for shape of tag. See Figure #7.
- Stop and carefully remove hoop from machine, keeping everything intact and taking care that you do not disturb fabric in the hoop.
- Turn hoop over and place on a flat surface. Spray wrong side of second 6 ½-inch square of felt and secure sticky side to stabilizer on back of hoop, centering piece and covering basting stitches. See Figure #8.
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