Free Design: Embroidered Gift Tag with Pocket

December 1, 2018By Joanne BankoFree Design of the Month, Holiday, Tutorial 18 Comments Opinion by Paid Consultant

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

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:

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

  1. 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

Figure #1a

Card Holder_A.pes

Figure #1b

Card Holder_B.pes

Figure #1c
  1. Assemble supplies for making first gift tag. See below:

Hoop cut-away stabilizer in the 5-inch X 7-inch hoop. It’s important to create the pocket first. Create a custom design as follows:

  • 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.
Figure #2
  1. 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.
Figure #3

Select felt piece measuring 4 ¾-inches wide X 2 ½-inches long. Lightly spray wrong side and center piece over basting outline. See Figure #4.

Figure #4

Embroider your custom design using desired thread colors. See Figure #5.

Figure #5

Remove from hoop and press lightly if necessary. Cut out pocket by trimming close to basting stitches, leaving piece measuring 4 ¾-inches wide X 2 ½-inches long. Set aside temporarily. See Figure #6.

Figure #6
Tip: Leave stabilizer in place on the back side for a smooth finish.
  1. 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.
Figure #7
  1. Stop and carefully remove hoop from machine, keeping everything intact and taking care that you do not disturb fabric in the hoop.
  2. 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.
Figure #8

Make sure fabric is smooth and firmly adhered to back side of hoop. Return hoop to machine. Stitch segment forming the shape of the tag and then stop before the final segment, which anchors the pocket in place. See Figure #9.

Figure #9

Align embroidered pocket with outline along lower edge of shape, using the stitching as a guide for placement. Use a piece of tape measuring 3 ½-inches long to hold top edge of pocket in place temporarily. Stitch final segment to anchor pocket, taking care that the piece remains flat while stitching. See enhanced photo below, showing placement for pocket:

You are finished! Enjoy!


    • Thank you Susan DT!

      So glad you tookt he time to write and I’m happy to know that you like the project. It’s amazing what we can make with our Brother embroidery machine and just a few simple supplies. I hope you enjoy making some gift tags for family and friends 🙂

    • Hi Christy!

      Thanks for writing in with your comments! Yes indeed, this in-the-hoop gift tag can be used for many occasions just by popping in a different design and using a greeting that suits the occasion. I’m so glad to know you liked the project!!!

  • Hi Joanne!
    Love my gift tag! it is too cute and easy to make! I’m going to make some myself. Your instructions are exceptional, as always! Thank you for this cute project!

  • Thank you , i love it when a designer shows pictures with the instructions , i will be making these to send Gift cards to my granddaughters in Florida for Christmas !

  • Joanne, do you think using marine Vinyl to make the holder and felt for the name tag will work out with this pattern ?

    • Hi Penny!
      Without testing I’m making a bit of a guess but I think that should work out fine. Just make sure the vinyl is about 1mm in thickness and doesn’t move in the hoop. Let us know how it works out. Happy stitching 🙂

      • I am new to this site i am going to make the Gift card holder , .my ? is i did not see where i can download a copy of your step by step instructions , so i will have them handy while making the card holders .

  • Thank you so much for these cute gift tags. I was able to download the design but I can’t find the print button to print the instructions. Thank you for your help.

    • Hi Darlene!

      Glad you liked the gift tags! When you are on your computer and connected to a printer you should be able to right click with your mouse on a blank area of the instructions and get a pop-up window with a print option. I tried it myself by clicking in white space just below the first paragraph of the instructions. Print options should allow you to choose which pages you want to print. Please get back in touch if you need more help.

  • Thank you so much for helping me print the gift tag instructions. It worked!!! Thank you too for sharing all your sewing knowledge with me.

    Merry Christmas!!

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