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Floriani FTCU digitizing-practice-march-cupcake

Digitizing Practice-March Cupcake

New Floriani FTCU Digitizing Practice! Celebrate the month of March and St. Patrick’s Day with this fun cupcake design.

This is a mini lesson to encourage you to practice FTCU each week. For more detailed lessons,  join the Embroidery Gatherings Membership Club. Click HERE for more info!

Floriani FTCU digitizing-practice-march-cupcake

Fill out the form at the end of this lesson and the image and a PDF guide will be sent to your email inbox.

Download the image from your email and use your creativity to trace and digitize the image, however you would like.

The PDF guide will include a numbered digitizing plan and suggestions and tips for tracing the image.

Create A Digitizing Plan

Decide which shapes to trace first – look at the image and think of it as layers. Trace the layers in back first. Trace the shapes that should stitch first and leave the details for last.

3 planning steps diagram for floriani FTCU

Digitizing suggestions

The following notes are a few suggestions to help you follow a digitizing plan for this image.

These notes include the order in which I suggest you trace the shapes and the stitch tools that would be the most appropriate for the that shape.

Of course, I encourage you to use your creativity and use whatever stitch and thread colors that you would prefer! That is the benefit of digitizing our own designs. No two will ever be the same!

Digitizing Plan:

Here is a suggested digitizing plan for you to follow:

1- white icing

  • trace the shape using the Fill stitch tool
  • edit the shape as needed

2-white candle

  • trace the shape using the Satin stitch tool
  • edit the shape as needed

3-cupcake bottom

  • trace the shape using the Fill stitch tool
  • edit the shape as needed


  • trace one shape using the Fill stitch tool
  • edit the shape as needed
  • copy and paste to the other shamrock

5-candle wax

  • trace the shape using the Satin stitch tool
  • edit the shape as needed

6-icing sprinkles

  • trace the run stitch tool to create the sprinkles on the icing
  • edit the shapes as needed


  • trace the outlines using the Run stitch tool and changing to a bean stitch
  • keep in mind the stitching path to minimize the jump stitches
  • note: these outlines will need to be traced manually in order to create a stitching path that will minimize the jump stitches – I would not advise using the outline tools for this design

8-text – March

  • trace the text letters using the TEXT tool
  • edit the size as needed
  • choose a font that you prefer
  • TIP: use the TT font tool to use fonts from your computer

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Digitizing Steps

Follow these 4 digitizing steps for each shape, as a guide, to get you started.

4 digitizing steps diagram for Floriani FTCU


Need help?

This lesson is a “mini lesson” to encourage you to practice FTCU each week. For more detailed lessons, join the Embroidery Gatherings Membership Club.

Here are two ways to get the help you need to digitize your own designs.

  1. Have a digitizing question?

Join the Embroidery Gatherings Facebook group and ask your questions, anytime.

  1. Join the Embroidery Gatherings Membership Club. There are over 75 written lessons and videos to help you learn to digitize your own embroidery designs using the FTCU software. The lessons inside the membership club are more detailed step-by-step instructions to help you use all the tools in FTCU.

    And, there are 3 learning levels to choose from: Independent, Guided and Coaching.

    To receive lots of extra TLC with FTCU digitizing….

    You can get one-to-one digitizing help by joining the Coaching level of Embroidery Gatherings Membership Club.

    We can create a personalized “journey” for you to learn to digitize!

Click HERE to find out more information.

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Share your design!

After you have finished, you are welcome to share your design image with our Embroidery Gatherings Facebook group. We would love to see your creativity!

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