Directions for a Monogrammed Display Tray/ January 2003
(This project utilizes
letters from our Bookplate Monogram Set.)
This project utilizesa
finely crafted, solid wood display tray. It has cutout handles on two sides,
and is designed so that the handle ends are removable, allowing an embroidered
panel to be inserted between a sheet of glass and a masonite backing board
- both supplied with the tray.
Step 1. Print the instructions.
These are .pdf files,
and require Adobe Acrobat Reader software in order to view and print.
To insure printing in exact size, be sure that FIT TO PAGE (see Properties
under the Print Menu) is not selected.
Step 2.Merge the three letters of your choice.
Using your embroidery
software program, combine three letters of you choice. Following the standard
practice for creating a three-letter monogram, we used one of the larger scaled
letters for the last initial and placed it in the center, flanked by two smaller
Carefully place the
three letters so that the result is as wide as it is tall.
Save the new monogram
under a new filename.
Step 3. Prepare the fabric.
We chose white felt
as the fabric for this project. It is easily available, adds a plush depth
to embroidery, and has a softer look, which is appropriate for the sophisticated
informality of the letters from this style.
In order to add some
extra stability to the felt, we adhered a layer of medium weight tear-away
backing to the back of the felt with a heat fusible pellon ("Wonder Under"
or similar product.) This also makes it easier to trim the completed embroidery
without distorting or stretching it.
Fuse the pellon to
the felt with a hot iron. Once the surface has cooled, remove the paper surface,
place the tear-away backing against the pellon surface, and fuse the materials
together with a hot iron.
Step 4. Sew out the monogram.
Sew out the design
with the thread colors of your choice. We used the same basic color scheme
for all three letters, but chose a slightly darker color for the letter in
the middle, so that it would have a little more emphasis.
Step 5. Remove one side of the tray.
The tray is designed
so that either end can be removed by unscrewing four brass screws with a small
Phillips head screw driver.
Removing one end only
is sufficient to allow the glass, masonite backing board, and cardboard padding
layer to be removed.
Step 6. Cut the mat.
Use the masonite backing
board as a template to cut a sheet of matboard to the same size. We decided
to use not only a layer of cream-colored mat board, but also a top sheet of
green fine art paper.
Work with the topsheet
first. On the back side, use a ruler and a pencil to mark the center of the
square, then measure to mark out a square opening area. We wanted the opening
in the mat to be fairly close to the outside of the design, so marked an opening
that was 4 3/8" (110mm) square.
Cut out this window
with a sharp mat knife. Align the topsheet with the cream-colored mat board,
then put a small pencil mark approximately 1/8" (2.5mm) in from each corner.
This will mark the corners of the slightly smaller window to be cut in the
Using a sharp mat
knife, cut the opening in the mat board. It will look best if the edges of
the opening are angled in slightly, with sharp beveled corners.
Step 7. Assemble the embroidery insert.
Trim the embroidered
panel so that it is 3/4" (20mm) smaller on all sides than the masonite backing
Using two small tabs
of double-sided transparent tape, lightly attach the topsheet to the mat board
at the upper corners, insuring that the outside edges are aligned, and that
the inside windows are also aligned.
Once attached, turn
the mat over, and position the embroidered panel so that it is straight and
centered in the mat window. Once you are satisfied with the placement, the
embroidered panel can be attached to the rear surface of the mat board with
acid-free drafting tape, or with acid-free glue for a more permanent bond.
We cut an additional
piece of mat board the same size as the masonite backing panel to insure that
the monogram, mat, and backing panel, once slid back into the tray, would
Step 8. Reassemble the tray
Carefully slide the
insert layers back into the slot in the tray. Be sure to clean the glass before
Reattach the forth
tray side with the four brass screws.
project is complete.
(NOTE: The joint between
the wood of the tray and the glass will not create a waterproof seal, so be
aware that liquids spilled on the tray will likely creep around the class
and stain the mat.)
Your project is complete.
Felt, Heat Fusible Pelon:
Widely available from
Mat Board and Art Paper:
Widely available from
art supply and craft stores
Small Square Tray:
Manufactured for Sudberry
House, the tray is available at many gift and craft shops, online from the
companyís website at:
Also available online
from Embroider This:
(The small tray, in
oak finish, is # 6564X. It has an 8 3/4"(22.2 cm) square design area.)