Updated: Aug 14
There are two way with this lovely project to have fun while camping! Check out this two sided gardening flag Clarrisa made below!
· 2 burlap outdoor garden flags- Make sure they are for outdoors which means they are lined on the back with a plastic coating.
· Standard Sewing thread to coordinate with burlap
· 100/16 chrome denim needle
· Embroidery designs to embroider on front and back- I used Hope Yoder’s “Paperie Whimsy” and Hope’s “Camping Silhouettes”.
This is a link to view the designs in “Paperie Whimsy” https://rnk-embellish.com/products/Hope-Yoder-Embroidery-Designs-and-Patterns/Paperie-Whimsy
Link for viewing “Camping Silhouettes” https://rnk-embellish.com/products/Hope-Yoder-Embroidery-Designs-and-Patterns/Camping-Silhouettes
To purchase these designs you will need to contact your local dealer.
I also used software to add lettering and create the camper applique. Below is a video software lesson on how I created the camper applique from artwork.
· Floriani Embroidery thread for your chosen design.
· Bobbin thread
· Floriani Perfect Stick Stabilizer
· Floriani Heat n Gone Topper –a must for this project!
· Floriani Template tearaway or Embellish Sticky Printable Template Paper-a must for this project!
· Fabric Marker-For this project I used a FRIXION brand marker. I didn’t want to dampen the burlap to remove marks with a water soluble marker. FRIXION is removed with heat.
· Embellish Dimensional Embroidery Foam (optional)
· Small scraps of fabric if you choose to do an applique
· Spray Starch if you choose to do an applique
Prepare Embroidery Design:
1. This is where software is very helpful. Choose a camping design to put on each side of the flag. Enlarge design in your software to fit the flag. I resized my camper applique to 9 ½” wide as my flag was 12” wide. Add a basting stitch around your design in your software if possible. Included is a Video on how I created the camper applique in Floriani Total Control Software.
The backside of the flag- If you choose to use multiple designs, arrange and resize them to fit your flag. My flag was 12x18 so I kept my designs within that size.
I made both sides of my flag different to show you different options. You may choose to make yours the same on both sides or different.
2. Lettering- I once again used a different style of lettering on each side to show you options. On the camper side I chose to use Floriani Total Control with Floriani Lettering Master to download a True Type Font and change it into embroidery. I then used the Circle function in text to curve the font on the top and bottom of the camper. See included Video
On the tent side of the flag I used a Puffy Foam font from Floriani Total Control. If you choose to use Puffy Foam to make your font dimensional you need to choose one of the fonts designated by a PF in the software. These fonts have been digitized specifically for foam as they have the proper stitches at the ends to enable you to tear the foam away.
3. Templates- If you create a design to fit the entire flag it will be too large to stitch out in one hooping. This is where you will need printed templates to assist in lining up each section of the embroidery. For the camper side of the flag, I stitched it in 3 sections; the camper, the upper lettering and the lower lettering. For the tent side I stitched it in 2 sections. The trees/tent/campfire and the lettering/moose. Your design will need to be saved separately in each section.
To print a template, load the section of design on your software screen which you choose to print. I like to print my templates in black and white to save colored ink. I also just print the design itself not the color order. Select your entire design and in the bottom left corner of your screen in Floriani Total Control, select the “thread color search” icon and enter 900 into the find color box. Click Find. Black will be highlighted in the color bar at the bottom with a box around it. Select it and the entire design will turn to black. It will also help conserve paper if you rotate your design 90 degrees.
Load Floriani Template Tearaway or Embellish Sticky Printable Template Paper into your printer.When printing you need to make sure it prints on the rough side of the template paper. In my printer I place the template paper rough side down. If you don’t know what side your printer prints on, make a mark on one sheet of regular printer paper. Load that into your printer with the mark side up and print something on it. See if it printed on the side with the mark or the other side. If it prints on the mark side your printer prints right side up. If not you need to load the paper right side down to print.
Once you have your template paper loaded, click “print preview” the icon that looks like a printer in the top left corner of your screen. Click the “Settings” tab and a dialogue box will open and allow you to decide what you want to print. Here is what I set so it will only print the design and not the color list. Depending on the size of your design it may print multiple pages. Print a template for each section of your design.
1. Find the vertical center of your flag by folding it in half lengthwise and mark a couple of marks on the fold with the FRIXION marker. Unfold and using your Quilter’s Select ruler, mark the entire vertical center. It may not be the center of the point on the flag if you have a pointed bottom flag.
2. Rough cut each printed template close to the design.
3. Score the shiny paper side of each template and peel off paper exposing the sticky side.
4. Using the marked vertical center arrange each of your templates on the flag. The horizontal center of each design will vary depending on how you arrange your designs.
5. Once you have them arranged, extend the horizontal marking from the template onto the flag.
· If you have an embroidery machine that has a camera and can scan the template, leave one template on. You may choose to put a scanning “snowman” sticker in the center of the template.
· If you don’t have the ability to scan the template, remove all of the templates and connect the previous horizontal marks with your FRIXION marker.
6. Hoop a piece of Floriani Perfect Stick shiny side up. Score the center of the paper and remove the paper to expose the sticky side of the Perfect Stick.
7. With a regular pen or pencil and using the marks on your hoop, mark the vertical and horizontal centers on the Perfect Stick.
8. Place the flag on top of the Perfect Stick lining up the marks on the flag with the marks on the Perfect Stick. You will have to lift the edges of the flag to match the marks on the Perfect Stick.
9. When embroidering an applique you don’t need a topper. If you are embroidering a regular design especially lettering you definitely need a topper especially on burlap. The stitches will fall into the holes in the weave of the burlap and won’t form properly. I used Heat n Gone topper so I won’t have to get the burlap wet to remove it.
10. Attach hoop and if you have the scanning capability scan the “snowman” to make sure things are lined up properly. If not you can check the center.
11. If you didn’t add a baste stitching to your design in your software, set your machine to baste the flag and topper to the Perfect Stick. This is important as the flag will want to pop up from the Perfect Stick.
12. Stitch out your design. If you are doing an applique, I find it very helpful to lightly starch the fabric pieces for my applique before I place them. This keeps the fabric nice and flat while I’m appliqueing it.
13. Remove the majority of the Heat n Gone and the Perfect Stick.
14. Place the tip of a heated iron directly on top of the Heat n Gone to remove the excess Heat n Gone. **Remember to use a low to medium setting on your iron to remove the bits of Heat N Gone from around the design – a high temperature will liquefy the product and make it melt back into the stitching.
15. If you have the ability to scan, replace the next template where you previously placed the marks. Use the “snowman” in the center and scan again when you hoop the next section. Follow steps 6-12 for the next section. Repeat again for any remaining sections.
16. If you don’t have scanning capabilities, follow steps 6-9 and 11,12. Repeat again for any remaining sections.
Suggestions for fun things to do with your embroidery:
· For the lettering on the camper side, I created the font from a TTF I downloaded from Da Font. Here is the link to the website: https://www.dafont.com/ There are hundreds of fonts you can download there. Use them in Floriani Lettering Master to change them to embroidered fonts. It’s also possible in Floriani Total Control Software but easier in Floriani Lettering Master. See the video.
· To the camper applique, instead of an applique for the curtain, I digitized lines and a satin stitch to place and ruffle a piece of lace for the curtain.
· For the tent side, in Floriani Total Control I decreased the density of the embroidery on the trees and ground. You can see the burlap through the stitching which gives it a rustic look.
Load your design into Floriani Total Control. Select the design. If you don’t see the density setting in the properties box you will need to right click on the design and “convert to outlines”. Select the part of the design you want to adjust and you will see the density setting in the properties box. The larger the number in the density, the less density you have. I set the density setting to .70. Standard density is about .40. Apply.
· For the lettering on the tent side I chose to add Puffy Foam under the stitching. Make sure you select one of the puffy foam fonts designated by a PF in the lettering options of Floriani Total Control. Here is a link on suggestions for using Embellish Dimensional Embroidery Foam:
Stitching the 2 flag sides together:
1. Unstitch the casing on the top of one of the flag sides.
2. Place the 2 flag sides wrong sides together and match the edges. They probably won’t match perfectly so move them around to get the best match. Fold the unstitched casing away from the flag.
3. Thread top and bobbin with thread to coordinate with burlap. Insert a 100/16 denim chrome needle. Lengthen your straight stitch to 4.0.
4. With a ¼” seam allowance, stitch around the 3 sides beginning and ending stitching where the casing stitching is.
5. Fold unstitched casing over the top to the stitched side of the flag.
6. Edge stitch the casing to the flag. Do not reverse to lock your stitching as you may break a needle. Instead, stitch forward about a ½”, lift the pressure foot, pull the casing back to the beginning and stitch forward again over your previous stitching. Repeat again always stitching forward.
Repeat at the end.
Place on your flag stand and enjoy!