Free Design: Embroidered Trinket Tray

April 6, 2020By Joanne BankoFree Design of the Month 46 Comments Opinion by Paid Consultant

Use your Brother machine and the Free Design of the Month to make a sweet little trinket tray. This project features the Brother 8-inch square embroidery hoop and highlights design possibilities using frame shape patterns built-in to your Brother machine. If you have a slightly smaller or larger hoop, feel free to adapt these instructions to make a different size. Add a monogram letter and a scalloped frame to the center for an extra special touch! You only need a few supplies and a short amount of time to make this pretty and practical item. Perfect for the boudoir or powder room, this makes a great gift for Mother’s Day too! Are you ready? Let’s go sew!

Materials and Supplies

  • Brother sewing and embroidery machine.
  • Brother Embroidery Thread, Bobbin Thread, and size 11 embroidery needle for embroidering.
  • Brother 8-inch embroidery hoop or another desired hoop.

Note: Instructions are for using an 8-inch hoop, for a tray that finishes at approximately 5-inches square.

Materials for Trinket Tray:

  • For topside of tray, cut one piece of quilt weight cotton large enough to fit the 8-inch hoop with an additional margin of 1-2- inches extending beyond the hoop. Cut a layer of thin fusible craft fleece to match fabric dimensions.
  • For bottom side of tray, cut one piece of quilt weight cotton measuring approximately 9-inches square. Cut a layer of thin fusible craft fleece to match fabric dimensions.
  • Note: You can use the same color for both top and bottom of this tray or choose two coordinating fabrics.

Brother FREE Design of the Month:

Note: Finished size of trinket tray is approximately 5-inches square.

Note: Just in case, click here to see the Design on iBroidery.com.

Steps to Create Trinket Tray

1. Download Free Design and transfer to your machine.
2. Fuse fleece to wrong side of each fabric piece. See Figure #1.

Figure #1

3. Gather supplies and decide on embroidery thread colors. See Figure #2.

Figure #2

Note: I modified my thread colors as shown below:

4. Hoop fabric for topside of tray in the 8-inch hoop, with fabric facing right side up.
5. Follow the steps below to create a combination design using frame shapes built-in to the machine, along with the free RoseCorner.pes design rotated to fit into each corner.

  • Start by selecting frame shapes from the built-in menu, selecting the square shape with the triple stitch.
  • Resize square to equal a measurement nearly 5 ¼-inches square. Select the same frame shape a second time, and re-size to fill the entire allowable area of the 8-inch hoop. Add Rose corner designs to each corner, rotating and mirror imaging designs, making sure they are positioned just inside the smaller square.
  • Add a small frame shape to the center, along with a letter from built-in fonts. Re-size small frame and letter as desired.

See example of completed design below:

6. Stitch the design. See Figure #3.

Figure #3

7. Remove from hoop and layer the smaller fabric piece on top with right sides together. See Figure #4.

Figure #4

8. Pin layers together. See Figure #5.

Figure #5

9. Flip so wrong side of embroidery is facing you. In the next step you’ll need to stitch around the larger square. Use a small round object such as a thread spool to mark off rounded corners on the square. See Figure #6.

Figure #6

10. Use a straight stitch to sew just inside the stitching line for the large square, leaving a 3-inch opening along one edge to turn piece right sides out. Trim excess fabric, trimming close to corners and leaving a ¼-inch seam allowance along remaining edges. See Figure #7a and Figure #7b. This shows a rough outline of the stitching line in red and the opening in blue.

Figure #7a
Figure #7b

11. Turn right side out. To form side edges on the tray, press along each of the stitching lines formed by the small square. Pin corners. See Figure #8.

Figure #8

12. Fold edges together and use a straight stitch to tack down each corner, removing pins, beginning your stitching ¾-inch from the point and continuing to the tip at the end. See Figure #9a and Figure #9b.

Figure #9a
Figure #9b

13. You are finished! Enjoy your new embroidered trinket tray!

Free Design_ Embroidered Trinket Tray – Stitching Sewcial.pdf

46 Comments

    • Thanks for commenting Cherry! You should definitely make one for yourself. It’s such a pretty little project and very easy to make. Happy Sewing!

    • Hi Cristiana!

      I’m sure you will make some gorgeous trident trays. You always put a classy spin on everything you create!

  • Just beautiful! Great future gift or my daughter. Thanks! and Thanks for the PDF file to use at a later date.

    • Thanks for writing Toni! I am thrilled to know that you’ll be making a gift for your daughter using these instructions. I always try to envision designing these Brother projects so you enjoy stitching stitching them!

  • I have made these with snaps on the corners. Makes a great add to your suitcase for keeping things organized in your hotel. Mine, however, are not so elegant. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Hi Kathy!
      Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment! I’ve made the snap style too. You’re right, they’re great for travel since they fold flat. Glad we were able to give you some ideas and inspiration. Happy Sewing!

    • Hi Theresa!
      I appreciate your comments. Your Mom will love her custom trinket tray, “made with love” by YOU! Happy Sewing!

  • This is so pretty and such a simple project for a quick appreciation gift. My problem is accumulating more patterns than actually making them. But, today this one is my favorite. Thanks you for sharing and for your positive attitude.

    • Hello Elaine!
      It was so nice to hear from you 🙂 Your idea about using it for an appreciation gift is really good! Filled with favorite treats, a gift card, or just a simple “Love note” would make this a special gift.
      I know what you mean about accumulating designs. It’s nice to be able to use them right away but it’s okay to store them too! You just need a way to file them that makes sense to you so you can pull them out in the future. You might want to create a folder called favorites on your computer and browse it every once in a while for inspiration. Just a thought. Thanks for leaving your comments here today. Happy sewing my friend!

  • This is adorable. Thanks for sharing. Also, your embroidery on the white jean jacket on a recent show was beautiful. I also made your initial coasters (with my own wine embellishments) a while back for both my daughters and they were beautiful. I took a picture and tried to send it to you but I couldn’t find a way to attach the picture so I gave up. Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your creativity and sewing knowledge that you share with all of us . Happy Easter and stay safe.

    • Hi Kathy! Thanks for sharing your thoughts and giving feedback on recent projects. It means a lot to me to know that you are enjoying the blog posts and It’s Sew Easy TV shows. Sounds like you’ve made some really special gifts for loved ones in your life. They are fortunate to have you! It’s such a joy to create things that are custom crafted and stitched with TLC! Wish I could see you photos. You could try sending directly to joannebanko@letsgosew.com. Thanks again for writing, take care and happy sewing!

    • You are very welcome Eva! We appreciate hearing your thoughts. Roses always bring cheer don’t they? I hope you enjoy having roses in bloom in your sewing room 🙂

    • Hello Jolan!

      Sure! You can make one of these for your Brother 6X10 hoop. Use the same frame shape patterns built in to your machine and make them to fit within your hoop. Note that you want the second (outside) square to be about one inch larger that the first one. You’ll need to move the floral designs so they fit within the inside box so either overlap the scrolls slightly or resize the designs to fit. Feel free to share a photo of your finished project on the Brother Social network. Happy Sewing!

    • Hi Susan!

      I haven’t made one of these with cork but I like your idea. If your cork is pliable I think it could work. Test it out and let us know what your results were. Happy Sewing!

  • What a lovely small gift for Mother’s day (for my daughter or myself too!)
    Thanks for the instructions.

    • Thank you for leaving a comment Sandra! This project is definitely suitable for lots of occasions. We are very happy to know that you enjoyed this post 🙂

    • Hi Sue!

      You are correct! I realize I neglected to include that in the instructions. I used small hand stitches to close the opening. Thanks for catching this omission 🙂

  • Thank you, Joanne, for this cute and easy project! I especially appreciate the embroidery design, which could easily be used for another project down the road. Just the thing to brighten up this rainy Mother’s Day!

    • Hi Julie!

      Just wanted to say thank you for leaving your kind comments. Glad you liked the project! This Brother rose corner design is so pretty! I hope you enjoy using it for lots of projects down the road. Happy Sewing!

    • Hi Jacquelin!

      I’d love to be able to help but I’m not sure what is causing your printing issue. Using your printer software, you should be able preview the pages before printing, and then select specific pages that you want to print. You’ll find a link to the printable pdf under the very last picture in the post.

  • Hi, Joanne
    I have a Brother ULT2003 and I really love it! I would like to know if this project can be done on my machine? It is so adorable and I can think of at least 5 females in my life that I would like to make this for, so can you help?

    Also, if I buy an 8 inch hoop, will it work with my machine or am I dreaming?

    • Hi Jessie!

      Let me try to answer your questions. It’s been quite a while since I embroidered with the ULT2003. First of all, you’ll need to have a way to transfer the design to your machine. Once you accomplish that, it’s a simple matter of making a combination design that will fit your hoop size. There is no 8-inch square hoop for your machine. Use the same basic directions you see here, making two square frame shapes to fit the largest hoop included with your machine. Note that the outside shape should be about an inch bigger than the first one. Adjust the designs to fit inside the first frame and you should be good to go and ready to sew! Let us know how it all works out for you 🙂

  • Love this design. Have tried multiple times to download unsuccessfully. Not sure if I’m not doing something right. Can’t wait to make one of these for myself!

    • Hi Teresa!

      I hope you were able to download. The steps for doing this are as follows:
      ~Open the Stitching Sewcial page on a computer.
      ~Look for the paragraph heading that says Brother FREE Design of the Month.
      ~ Rest your curser over the words that say (click here to download).
      ~ The file should go into your downloads folder so you can transfer it to your machine.

      Please let us know if you were successful.

  • Loved the design. I changed the colors on mine to be in the lavender and purple families. I also went with a contrasting bottom. Instead of sewing the corners I added two eyelets to each corner and ran ribbon through and tied the ribbon to hold the sides up. Thanks again for the design, I enjoyed sewing it.

    • Wow Jeanne!

      I love your modifications to the project! What a great idea to use ribbons and eyelet. Sounds like you made a beautiful trinket tray! We appreciate hearing from you 🙂

  • I have a brother dream machine and software is pacesetter BES 4 Dream Edition. I don’t sew very much but I really want to make this tray. I have downloaded the pattern, cut fabric and fusible mesh, now I am at a loss with the rest of directions :5. Follow the steps below to create a combination design using frame shapes built-in to the machine, along with the free RoseCorner.pes design rotated to fit into each corner.
    Start by selecting frame shapes from the built-in menu, selecting the square shape with the triple stitch.
    Resize square to equal a measurement nearly 5 ¼-inches square. Select the same frame shape a second time, and re-size to fill the entire allowable area of the 8-inch hoop. Add Rose corner designs to each corner, rotating and mirror imaging designs, making sure they are positioned just inside the smaller square.
    Add a small frame shape to the center, along with a letter from built-in fonts. Re-size small frame and letter as desired.
    I have hooped fabric, loaded pattern to machine, now I can’t find any of the directions such as Figure 2 #5. Please help if you can. Thank you.

    • Hi Kathy,

      I’m happy to help you in any way I can. Once you have the fabric cut and the first piece hooped, you’ll want to go to the main menu in embroidery mode and touch the icon to access frame shapes. This would be menu #4 on the screen of your Dream Machine. The icon has a square and a heart shape.

      You’ll find the square shape and the option for a triple stitch in the options for shapes. You would need to use the Add key to add each other element of the design. I would suggest printing the pdf file and following each step one at a time as you make the tray. Or, you can view it on the screen if you’re able to view this near your machine. Feel free to reach out to me via my website, http://www.letsgosew.com if you need me to help you further by sending some photos for you to view.

  • I made the tray but I don’t think my Quattro 3 has a bean stitch square frame. I ended up using my sewing machine to do that stitch. I love the finished project.

    • HI Mary!

      It was so nice to read your comments! By the way, you do have the bean stitch square shape frame (whew! that was a tongue twister), in your machine. It is the very first square pattern in your menu. It should be indicated as pattern 001. It’s hard to tell that it stitches three times until you sew it out. Perhaps you can give it a try if you make another one in the future. We really appreciate hearing from you! Happy sewing!

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