June Free Design: Embroidered Plant Stake

June 1, 2018By Joanne BankoEmbroidery, Free Design of the Month, Projects 4 Comments Opinion by Paid Consultant

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.
June Free Design
Figure #1
  • 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.
June Free Design
Figure #2
  • Hoop felt with water soluble on top and tear away on the bottom. Embroider the design, changing colors as desired. See Figure #3.
June Free Design
Figure #3
  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.
June Free Design
Figure #4
  • 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.
June Free Design
Figure #5
  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.
June Free Design
Figure #6
  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.
June Free Design
Figure #7
  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!


    • Thank you for writing in Regina!

      So glad you liked the idea presented here. You could use an “O” as well but I liked the flat edges on the letter D. If you use a thread color close to the fabric it will just melt into the background. Letters and punctuation marks can be fun to use in all kinds of different ways. Happy Stitching!

    • Letters are wonderful decorative graphic objects. Use them for borders, scallops, decorative motifs by repeating, mirroring and all of what your Software or machine allows you to do.
      C is great for scallop edges, X for border (most of other letters are great for borders), merging capital and small letters, O is great for big eyelets: a combination of small and capital O, assorted in a row (horizontal or vertical) or in circle shape. Decorative monogramed O is a nice frame with or without a small monogram inside. Simply Play with letters and different Fonts. You will be surprised, how many decorative motifs you can do with simple letters.

  • Joanne,
    I just wanted to let you know I so enjoy watching you on tv. You explain everything so simply as good as Nancy Zimmer.
    Thank you for everything I know it sounds stupid, but I have been in some dark places mentally (no I’m not crazy) and sewing and embrodery takes me out of it. Have a great day.

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