Spring is here and it is time to garden! How can your sewing machine become a gardening tool? How about some flower labels? I’m a novice gardener and just learning about flowers. If it isn’t a rose or tulip – I’m clueless. Thank goodness for those little plastic labels that come with flowers. As helpful as they are, I’m not really digging the way they look in my flower bed. I want something with a more earthy vibe. With some faux leather, a couple sticks, and my trusty embroidery machine, I came up with a little “Sewing for the Garden” solution: Homemade Plant Labels!
Vinyl Fabric (I went with brown because I feel it compliments the surrounding plant life without distracting from the beautiful flowers)
Embroidery Floss or Yarn
Two 7 inch sticks (3/4 inch diameter)
Wonder Clips or paper clips
Hoop your vinyl fabric and insert in your embroidery machine. If you don’t have an embroidery machine, you can always use paint or appliqué letters.
I really recommend using quality embroidery thread. Madeira and Hemmingworth are great choices. These labels will be exposed to harsh sunlight and pouring rain and quality thread will last longer. Also, a lighter color thread will show less wear.
Embroider the name of your plant. I used a leather needle in place of an embroidery needle.
With your vinyl still hooped, thread some embroidery floss or yarn to stitch the sun design. My flowers only need ‘part sun’, so I only stitched 6 ‘sun lines’. Try a whole sun for ‘full sun’ plants and a tree for ‘shade plants’.
First, draw the design on the back. Using embroidery floss or yarn, stitch carefully stitch along the lines.
Add a second floss color if desired.
Time to trim down your flower label. You want your label 1 inch larger on the top and bottom of the embroidery design and 2 inches larger on the sides.
Sew a seam around the embroidery design using a teflon, roller, or walking foot.
Sew another seam on the sides, 1 inch from the first line. This forms the casing for your sticks.
Coat just a bit of Mod Podge on top of your embroidery. This will seal the threads and protect the color. Apply at least 2 coats of Mod Podge to the sticks.
Insert the dried sticks through the casing and place in your flower bed. Now time to make a dozen more!