Project Father's Day Embroidered Wall Hanging

By Diane Kron

Skill Level: Beginner  

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Want to give dad or grandpa a gift to show how proud you are of him? Create this plaque using two different fonts from your Creator digitizing software by Designer’s Gallery to show your father or grandfather how special he is. He’ll be beaming with pride when he hangs up this wall hanging in his home or office. Download printable instructions.


  • Designer’s Gallery® Creator Digitizing Software Program
  • 14 inch x 14 inch square of faux suede
  • 1 Solid 8 inch x 10 inch wood plaque, purchased from a craft and hobby store
  • Madeira® embroidery thread
  • 4 Decorative tacks
  • Paint or varnish



  1. Open the Designer’s Gallery Creator program and follow the next steps:

    1. Click on the Text icon.

    2. Click anywhere on the workspace.

    3. Under the Properties field, type in the following phrase as shown in the following illustration. “The only thing (Enter) better than having (Enter) you as my”

    4. Select the Brand Iron font by clicking on the down arrow and scrolling down.

    5. Click on Center for justification.

    6. Click on Set to place the phrase on the workspace.

    7. Place this section towards the top of the workspace.

    8. Click on the Text icon.

    9. Click anywhere on the workspace.

    10. Type in the word “DAD”

    11. Select the Pearl font and Set.

    12. Place this word centered below the phrase.

    13. Click on the Text icon.

    14. Type in the next section of the phrase “is my children having you as their”

    15. Select the Brand Iron font and click on Set.

    16. Place this section below the word DAD.

    17. Click on the Text icon and click anywhere on the workspace.

    18. Type in the word “PAPA” and select the Pearl font.

    19. Click on Set to place this word on the workspace. Place this word centered below the last phrase.

  2. To make the color changes to the design follow the next set of steps:

    1. Click on the first area and change to a navy blue by clicking on the color tab in the Properties field.

    2. Select the second area that was created. Change this area to a shade of green.

    3. Select the third area and change this area to navy blue.

    4. Select the fourth area and change to the same shade of green as in the second section.

  3. To make sure that the design fits in the hoop, click on the Preferences icon. Select the 200mm x 200mm hoop and apply.

  4. Make any final adjustments to the layout of the design at this time.

  5. To center the design in the hoop, click on the Center Design in the Hoop icon. The design will automatically be centered in the hoop.

  6. Click on File / Save As and save the design to a thumb drive.

  7. Using the 200mm x 200mm hoop, hoop the stabilizer with the shiny side up:

    1. Score the paper on the stabilizer close to the edge using a stick pin.

    2. Tear away the paper covering to expose the sticky side of the stabilizer.

    3. Place the 14-inch square faux suede centered in the hoop. Finger press to secure.

  8. Set up the machine for embroidery:

    1. Retrieve the design from the saved location.

    2. Place the hoop on the machine.

    3. Embroider the design.

  9. Cut the embroidered section ½-inch smaller than the plaque.

  10. Finish (Paint or varnish) the wood plaque as desired. Place the embroidered section on top of the plaque being careful that it is centered.

  11. Hammer a decorative tack in each of the corners to secure. If more tacks are needed, add as many as you like, but be careful that they are spaced evenly.

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